Space Adjacency Analysis
by Edward T White
Another good architecture book that I highly recommend for all architect students, and perhaps professionals as well, Space Adjacency Analysis by Edward White. This book not only explains the importance of graphical analysis but also shows how it is done. Like an instruction manual for visual representation of data, it takes the reader on the journey of spatial planning. It teaches how to analyze spatial relationships, followed by spatial arrangements and lastly spatial forming, using matrices, bubble diagrams and zoning. Besides wonderful graphics all hand drawn by White himself, the diagrams are accompanied by detailed explanations. In depth as it may be, it has been written as simple as possible that even non-architects can understand and begin to use the methods. Furthermore, he goes on to explain how these studies affect our design development and that without it, our design is as good as random inputs, which I honestly feel some students, including myself, go through it during our projects. Here’s an excerpt from the book, Implications for Design:
The use of the matrix, bubble and zoning diagrams in space adjacency analysis prepares us to produce building design concepts that respond to the way our client will operate in the building. The space adjacency analysis defines the functional problems to be solved and sets the project up so that we know what issues we must address in design. The analysis also serves as a catalyst for bridging between analysis and synthesis by actually triggering design concepts that solve the problems, meet the needs and respond to the issues.
Another book worthy to stand proud on the architect’s shelves.