Sketches and Photographs
The rapid, free hand sketch of Stoke Newington Church Street was made when the buildings were cleaned recently. Finished drawings were not necessary as the sketch gave enough detail for instructing the builder. Construction work would have required technical architectural drawings, but these too would probably have started with a freehand sketch.
A good photograph is very useful when drawing existing buildings as it gives precise details. Surveyors often calculate heights and widths of window openings, chimneys etc. by measuring heights in courses of bricks and widths in brick lengths. They then measure the height and width of four of five bricks with their mortar and, back in the office, they can calculate measurements very exactly. A photograph gives all this information and should be regarded as a good tool. But remember to measure the bricks before you leave the site.
An Environmental Exercise
This idea might be adapted to our area as follows:-
The possibilities are endless. The method is to get pupils, architects and teachers together, onsite, to discuss real problems.
|Stoke Newington Church Street
as a Conservation Area