UCL Course I and Figure-Ground Diagrams
As mentioned in a prior post, I’ve started to take the online Urban Graphics courses through UCL. I’m finding them to be a great starting point, helping me to identify what I need to learn, but it does feel like I could use some more context to supplement the provided tutorials.
The first part of the multi-part course covers Figure-Ground diagrams. You should definitely check it out if you are interested in getting into urban mapping and GIS graphics. You should also check out the following links.
To learn about what is figure-ground and why is it useful:
http://portico.space/journal//architectural-drawings-the-figure-ground (Great overview of what, why, and how to make a figure-ground, as well as things to consider)
https://worldlandscapearchitect.com/the-figure-ground-of-cities-by-nadia-amoroso/#.XHv9QohKiUk (Shows three kinds of figure-ground diagrams: vegetative, built form, street block)
To learn how to create a figure-ground diagram from scratch (UCL provides base graphics for their tutorial, but usually we’ll need to leverage open platforms to create maps like these)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug4lHA3UB6g (Shows how to go from a city-specific open data platform to AchiCAD, though I ended up using Illustrator instead)
http://www.bartas.sk/work/schwarzplan/ (Shows how to go from Open Street Map to Illustrator)
https://archilibs.org/step-by-step-creating-a-figure-ground-diagram/ (Shows how to create a figure-ground by hand)
I’ve also started to use the ArchGIS plug-in for Illustrator at work, as New Orleans using ArchGIS online for many of their public maps. I’ll likely explore this and other GIS software/work flows further in my next round of online courses, and will share my findings here.
Some additional tools:
https://snazzymaps.com/ (Online tool to generate customized maps)
https://schwarzplan.eu/en/product/figure-ground-plan-site-plan-geneva/ (Free and low cost pre-made figure-ground diagrams)