Roof Plans….so much better than figure-ground!

I am currently – and laboriously – Illustrator-ing a figure-ground map of Hackney Wick for Design Review Panel next Wednesday. All I can keep thinking is that a roof plan, although taking longer, actually shows everything the figure-ground does (massing, grain…) and more, like character of buildings (for example, terraces show up on figure-ground, but a roof plan shows that they actually have a common hipped roof, rather than individual double-pitches. This kind of information becomes relevant at later stages, and also helps to ‘flavour’ the area being investigated.


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