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On the Human Figure in Architectural Representation

Alex T. Anderson
Journal of Architectural Education (1984-)
Vol. 55, No. 4 (May, 2002), pp. 238-246
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1425725
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On the Human Figure in Architectural Representation
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Abstract

This essay argues for the more thoughtful use of human figures in architectural drawing. In most contemporary architectural drawings, human figures help to provide simple and clear indications of scale or a proper sense of depth. These scale figures need not be merely metric, however. They can also help to project some of the immeasurable qualities of architecture. If they are well conceived and rendered, human figures in architectural drawings can help to show how projected buildings might be perceived and inhabited. They can also be used to understand how architecture can be shaped to accommodate human experiences and actions.

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