Architecture Weekly | 19th May 2012

Architectural drawing Approach

Architecttural drawing is a subject taught in Architecture as well as Civil Engineering colleges. Hence, it is important for students to pay special attention to the subject since it requires concentration and dedication to achieve excellence in this particular subject.

This article is about past art, Contemporary art and architecture, importance of learning fundamentals of architectural/engineering drawing and the distractions to be avoided in order to excel.

Site Planning guide

Site planning is an important aspect of Architectural design. It is important that designers are completely aware of all the factors that are to be taken into consideration while designing.

This article has been written in order to explain various factors that are essentially to be considered while taking up Site planning. The site planning considerations that have been discussed in the article are as follows:

  • Environmental factors
  • Identification of site and its preparation
  • Natural factors which include Geology, topography, Hydrography, soil, Vegetation, Wild life etc.
  • Climatic factors
  • Cultural factors
  • Existing land use

Site Documentation and Site Analysis

The importance of Site documentation and site analysis cannot be denied. It is the role of any designer to perform a complete detailed documentation and analysis of the site before designing and construction.

The article has been written in order to address various aspects to be considered while analyzing the surroundings of the site. It also addresses important requirements to be incorporated in site planning in order achieve a greener environment. The important design features that are to be necessarily incorporated in your zoning layout are also mentioned.

It is a must for every architect/engineer or a designer to have complete knowledge of site documentation and site analysis.

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Forest Landscaping | Guide to Landscape Design

Forest Landscaping Design

Today there is a need in the woodlands to integrate the design arts with the principles of forest management. Through the collaboration of landscape architects and foresters, the woodlands produce remarkable visual amenities in great measure. Many of the positive visual effects of forest management have been overlooked. Although many receive a high degree of aesthetic and recreational enjoyment from their woodlands, few understand the improvement scenery that can be achieved.

Forest Landscape


Many complaints are often heard about monotony of driving or walking through forests from miles after miles. It becomes boring and soporific. This monotony can be removed by prescribing silvi-cultural treatment that can establish contrast and variety in successive stands of trees.

Colour and texture are important design elements of forest vegetation. The primary visual function of forest vegetation is to reveal or to conceal what lies beyond. If trees are removed from an area, it helps to open-up the landscape, affording views far and wide revealing the outdoor spaces. The landscape itself is not visible if tracts of land have not cleared. The depth of visual penetration can vary from a metre to a hundred metres or more beneath a closed canopy of foliage.

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