Since the 1980s, the diagram has become a preferred method for researching, communicating, theorising and making architectural designs, ideas and projects. Thus the rise of the diagram, as opposed to the model or the drawing, is the one of the most significant new developments in the process of design in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Diagrams of Architecture is the first anthology to represent - through texts and diagrams - the histories, theories and futures of architecture through the diagram.
Spanning the Pre-historic to the Parametric, Diagrams of Architecture illustrates over 250 diagrams and brings together 26 previously published and newly commissioned essays from leading international academics, architects, theorists and professional experts. These combine to define the past and future of the diagram's discourse. Prefaced with a critical introduction by Mark Garcia, each text investigates a central concept or dimension of the diagram ranging from socio-cultural studies, science, philosophy, technology, CAD/CAM, computing and cyberspace and virtual/digital design to methodology, environment/sustainability and phenomenological, poetic and art architecture; as well as interior, urban, engineering, interactive and landscape design.
Mark Garcia is the Academic Co-ordinator in the Department of Architecture at the Royal College of Art (RCA). He has worked for Branson Coates Architecture and has taught on the RCA-wide MPhil/PhD Research Methods Course, specialising in spatial design theory and design research methodologies. Mark has published writings on the visualization of design methodologies, Superstudio, architectural glass and transparency, the future of London and play, games and toys in architecture. He is guest-editor of Architextiles, AD, November, 2006 (John Wiley & Sons) and is co-founder of the RCA ‘Architextiles’ project.