- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative; 5 edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467548286
- ISBN-13: 978-1467548281
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the side of the earnest are several submissions concerning the social agency of diagrams, directly problematizing their ability to communicate design ideas to the broad constituencies with whom urban designers interact. While some of this group contain a bit too much altruism for my taste, others illuminate the versatility and power of even the most straightforward graphic representations. Of more interest to this reviewer are a few explorations of the often instrumental quality of diagrams. The work of many in this volume aims to reveal the diagram as not just an altruistic communicative tool but one whose purported transparency can in fact conceal underlying preconceptions and ideologies. Precious few, however, propose strategies for designers to overcome such instrumentalization.
All told, this volume sketches a broad outline of the practical, social and theoretical implications of diagrammatic drawing, and for that, CUDC should be commended. "Diagrammatically" will no doubt prove an invaluable resource for students of urban design - both in Cleveland and nationwide - for years to come.