UCL Course II and III: Urban Graphics examples
The second and third sections of the UCL course series (mentioned in prior posts here and here) covers several different types of urban diagrams and maps. It seemed useful to document them and begin curating a library of examples. Below I provide definitions and samples of the key diagrams covered in the UCL course. Some of these are the graphics I created as part of the course, others are examples I found online. I’ll soon be adding to this list, as the Urban Design Handbook I’ve been reading also discusses different types of maps and diagrams that are useful for urban design and planning projects.
Routes and Spaces Diagram
This one is relatively self-explanatory and involves highlighting/color coding the key routes and spaces in a given area. These can be in plan or at a perspective view, and can be done at different scales - city-wide, focused on a site, or focused on a specific building/intersection (as shown below).
Land Use Plan
A land use plan is used to color-code the different space uses in a city or site, often in accordance with zoning designations. It helps to visualize the relationships between residential, commercial, public, etc. spaces in a given area.
Historic timelines compare an urban area from one time period to another, highlighting what new features have been added, and what has been lost over time.
I couldn’t find a great definition for these online, and the UCL course is rather vague about it. But it seems that strategic analysis maps serve to visualize key challenges and opportunities in a site. They often highlight the main points of discussion moving forward into concept development.
These maps and graphics define and highlight conceptual features of future plans (i.e. frontages, green space, new corridors, etc.).