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Matthias Sauerbruch.

Diagrams serve as communication tools; we make them in order to explain our design intentions to others (and ourselves). The design process is a journey that travels through territories of intuition and rationality. Quite often the diagram serves as means to rationalise our instincts. The best diagrams are explicit of the structure of both an idea and a physical condition like a building.

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I chose this set of diagrams as they explain the metamorphosis a standard office building for the German Civil Service underwent in our design process. Almost like a transformation in nature, a building object made of a consistent number of elements changes identity through considerations of spatial perception, internal structure and urban integration. MATTHIAS SAUERBRUCH, SAUERBRUCH HUTTON ARCHITECTS

Admired: The Naked City (opposite) by Guy Debord. I like this diagram, as it accurately describes the experience of the city. The mixture of a loose, sketchy composition and elements of 'scientific' cartography of actual physical circumstances is a good mnemomic representation of the individual reading of an environment. Reversely, the diagram suggests an urban constitution defined by perception and memory.

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Author:Sauerbruch, Matthias
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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