Archive for the ‘materials’ Category

examples of timber

June 7, 2009


Gneiss (Zumthor thermal bath material)

April 14, 2009

Tapumes by Henrique Oliveira

March 16, 2009

Transplanted, Tara Donovan

March 2, 2009

Prestressed Concrete Designer’s Handbook

January 26, 2009,M1

“stability of steel arches”

January 17, 2009

Material Databases- Construction and Design

December 7, 2008

design statement checklist

December 7, 2008


Local area Location of the site

General description of the surroundings,

e.g. urban, residential and industrial

Is the site in or near a conservation area?

Site description Planning history

Ownership of the site

Adjacent land uses, and relevant planning proposals

Heritage conservation – listed buildings

Focal points



Views to/from/over site

Topography – contours on the site

Microclimate – wind, sun orientation, exposure, shelter

Services Public utilities, e.g. underground services, drainage

systems, overhead power lines

Public services available locally, e.g. schools, public transport


Surrounding buildings Building lines – groupings, rhythms and plot/feu sizes

Entrances – styles and sizes

Windows – styles and sizes

Active frontages

Scale – height and massing

Appearance – details and materials

Use of the space Use of spaces between buildings – public/private

Day, night, seasonal variation of use

Prohibited activities, security arrangements

Hard landscaping Location of street furniture

Condition and maintenance

How people use it

Public art/sculpture trail

Soft landscaping Landscape character

Quality of landscaping

Need for ground modelling

Nature conservation area

Wildlife habitats

Tree Preservation Orders

Play space/recreational space


Vehicular movement Surrounding road and street layout

Access, parking and circulation

Bus & tram stops and routes, taxi stops, cycle routes

Areas of vehicular/pedestrian conflict

Use of traffic measures, e.g. speed humps, surfaces,

crossing points, bollards

Servicing arrangements

Pedestrian access Where are people coming from, going to?

Desire lines

Disabled access

Are people restricted from access due to any current

aspects of design?

light box house by katsuyasu kishigami

October 1, 2008

corrugated polycarbonate sheeting was chosen for the walls round the courtyard to ensure that as much light as possible was available without compromising privacy.

New House, Tasmania

September 27, 2008

an example of dark brown stained exterior plywood