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5 architectural exercises for novices in Bulgaria

  • Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 7:53:39 AM
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A. Viewing a building's backside:
Think unusual combination of green and black windows and beige striped etalbond in pyramidal structure, or something like that, cheers up the city view? Great! Now please look at building on her backside. If it is stucked between two others - evem better, surround them and also see their backs. If no third direction from which to look at the building- try to determine its enter. Now repeat with at least one more entrance or exit point.
Result: Improved spatial reasoning and perception of space in the search for conformity of form and color of the front and backside. Jogs up leg muscles.
2. Enter the building.
Recommended for large, new and /or previously unused buildings. Includes search of entrance of the fence and patio. If someone first shows, the experiment is compromised, so just try to go inside of what you  independently defined as input or which you think that is labeled as such.
Result: Improved logical thinking and ability to orientate. Improving communication skills while asking for entrance. Jogs up leg muscles.
3. Find a cafe and WC facility in the building:
To be carried out in universities, goverment buildings, department stores and malls, cinema complexes and buildings in similar scales. It is good to put a timer on entry to mimic an urgent need for a toilet. You can run with a group of friebds and make a race.
Result: Improved logical thinking and ability to orientate. Improves self-esteem after the task is completed. Jogs up leg muscles.
4. A bird's eye view of a building.
Do not use Google Earth. The tasks consists of two steps: selecting a high point above the building and climbing on that higher point. In very extreme cases where such a point does not exists, refer to a 3D - designer to make a model of the building and give you to look at it from above. To pay him, save with snacks.
Result: Improved logical thinking and ability to orientate. Improves architectural thinking in seeking compliance by what the architect have seen making the roof and what you have seen from below. Jogs up leg muscles or reduces cholesterol.
5. Find a building.
Proper execution if no exact address, but the presence of verbal description and long streets, overpasses and underpasses. If you drive, you can use the building street number. Once you find the building, go and find a parking space. Then go to the walk phase. If you are walking you can give descriptions of the building to passersby about you. After more than two contradictory directions, return to the car.
Result: Improved memory and ability to count. Improving communication skills in conversation with bystanders. Jogs up leg muscles.

Trends in working with CAD drawings as architectural graphics.

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:14:22 AM
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Abstract submission for ARCHTHEO 2011, THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE SYMPOSIUM, 23-26.11.2011

Trends in working with CAD drawings as architectural graphics.

Computer and networking technology generally affects architecture and its visual records. Computer graphic has a rich potential for creating building visualizations, simulations, animations, and is more and more used in all its forms by professionals and their clients and public; it is appreciated on different levels from the final users of an architectural product. This creates an interruption in graphic architectural traditions. The handmade drawings successfully developed until the middle of XX century are now almost substituted with computer drafting culture. Yet there is no full analysis of the transition to this new means of expression and their capabilities and applications: new technology is misunderstood in both timeline directions. CAD graphic is rejected by generations architects who feel it completely inelastic and foreign, or finds blind reliance in those authors, who has learned to work with computer technology at first grade school.

The subject of this study is contemporary architectural drawings and it will be focused on computer-generated images.

In this report architectural graphic will be considered as a single visual language. The processes of creating and editing architectural graphics will be examined and analyzed mostly in its semiotic and communicational aspects.

The report will identify the points of analogy and interactions between the use of computer graphics and handmade architectural images, and to determine trends that emerge in the drawing practice. It will mark the main stages of development of CAD graphic in time and its main applications in modern architecture. The study will be concentrated on the comparison between the processes while working with hand-made or with computer graphic, following the characteristics of CAD drawing techniques. It will also reveal certain trends in the future of architectural graphic practices.

The expected results are important for the history of architectural graphics and understanding of its contemporary development. The study is to be part of the author's PhD thesis with subject: "Semiotics of architectural graphics." It also may be used as an additional reference point for future studies of the communicative and cognitive values found in architectural graphics.

Visual Metaphors in Architectural Graphic and Genesis of Innovations

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 6:55:40 AM
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Abstact submission in ICSVC 2011 (1st International Conference on Semiotic and Visual Communication) 25-27 Nov 2011

Title of paper: Visual Metaphors in Architectural Graphic and Genesis of Innovations

Architectural graphic is an accurate technical sign system, that is part of all phases of design process and ensures the correct transmission of building information. But at the same time it is a whole visual language, with its own structure, complex rules and meanings.

Architectural graphic documentation has to be fully consistent with the author's idea, therefore it uses mathematical tools and models, graphical conventions and symbols, and detailed dimensioning. Fully understanding architectural graphic requires basic knowledge and education. This very same language in some stages of the design is also a cognitive tool, a medium urging divergent thinking ability and in addition applying specific rhetoric strategies.

The term „visual metaphor in architectural graphic“ will mark the use of images or techniques of diverse visual or aesthetic systems.
The proposed paper will focus on architectural graphics in early stages of project design as a tool of establishing and clarifying the concept by the architect. At this point graphics varying characteristics allow the author to notice, to create and to use visual metaphors in the design process. Metaphors as carriers of additional content enable the search of new architectural sense.
The aim of this paper will be to explore visual metaphors in architectural graphic as a generating innovations resource, based on personal vision, experience and way of thinking.
The results of the study will be important for tracking trends in the future of architectural design, especially with the use of computer generated one.


  • Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 7:47:35 PM
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/abstract for presentation in AISV 2010, Venice, in „RETORICA DEL VISIBILE, convegno dell’Associazione internazionale di semiotica visiva AISV-IASV, p. 63-64/

The subject of this report are certain aspects of the visual rhetoric of architectural graphics created between XV-XVII century.

During this period, paper is recognized as a major carrier of graphical contents. This affects types and nature of the information transmissions. New possibilities of printing and mastering of graphic techniques reflect on the process of architectural design itself. Also, architectural competitions gain more open, public character. The existing architectural theory is rethinked, and new treatises and albums are created. The capture, descriptions and analysis of existing monuments become more and more important.

The term of ’visual rhetoric’ is used in the report with the meaning of ’the art of making adequate visual communication, ensuring accurate transmission of different types information’.

Also, ’Architectural Graphics’ will be considered as a visual semiotic system for communication between the architect-author and recipients of various types - architects, engineers, builders, customers and citizens.

The focus will be in two aspects of architectural graphic: once it will be studied as a medium for the architect to communicate with himself in the process of analysis and design and on second hand it will be examined as a tool for internal communication between architects. In this aspects, architectural graphics will be explored as a form of speech, with its specific structure, message and style.

The aim of this report will be to investigate formation and use of monologue (performed by one author) and dialogue (between multiple authors) in architectural graphics.

Through graphic monologue the architect discusses the concept with himself, and also accepts, rejects or develops his own viewpoint. The analysis of all used rhetorical techniques in a designer’s architectural speech, reveals the process of creation as well as the traces of individual vision and aesthetics, and the emersion of author’s own creed and style.

The dialogue between architects (conducted by architectural graphics) is an unavoidable way to defend their personal vision, and to win a contract, or favour city audience and patrons. In such graphic dialogue, rhetorical skills like readability, brevity, arrangement, focus, honesty, artistry, emotion or strength of the image are widely used and developed to their transformation into the art of the architectural graphic speech.

In this instance, stylistic features of the epoch and their influence over architectural graphics will also be recognized.

One more aspect of graphic dialogues is their cognitive nature. They are a specific method for analysis of architectural design, as well as the stages of its implementation and development in time.

In conclusion, the importance of such a perspective to architectural graphics will be shown. Thus that may be a starting point for future studies over its development, its semiotic and rhetorical aspects.

Keywords: visual rhetoric, architectural graphics; sign system and graphic communication; architectural speech - monologue and dialogue;

ICOMOS - Bulgaria

  • Friday, December 04, 2009 - 5:23:25 PM
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BNC of ICOMOS was found in 1960 right after the establishment of ICOMOS.

ICOMOS - Bulgaria

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BNC of ICOMOS was found in 1960 right after the establishment of ICOMOS.

Museum-city of Koprivshtica

  • Friday, December 04, 2009 - 5:21:53 PM
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A little Balkan city museum - home site.

Museum-city of Koprivshtica

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A little Balkan city museum - home site.