Diagrams as a Design Tool
To explain an idea which one is attempting to convey in diagrams is intended to express, and deliver the idea clearly and precisely that to design a building is to design a physical representation of an ideal atmosphere at different scales. They are heart felt and remembered. It’s the complexity of our society now that information is sent at Godspeed^1, whether it’s for a desired city or design subject. The tool becomes the focus point to a private audience of public insiders of a working group. There is an emotional relationship. The shared systems of conventions and symbols for our communication require concentration rather than searching or it becomes an external anonymous audience.
The new typology is yet to come with “a new type of reality” expressed through diagrams. The arrows are a quick perspective of mass section and connections. It’s an iconic image. The arrows and the connecting points lead us to a conceptual diagram: “evolving conception, formulate the orient of the building.”^2 A building that flows must analyze private and personal audiences. The architect must mold the building to fit individuals lifestyle into these diagrams. The table napkin for example becomes a subject of conversation for architects. It frames and structures the social interaction as they explore perfect solutions to today’s problems.
Observations from Architecture History
Moving further into Le Corbusier’s mature work, one can start connecting the pieces of his rigorous explorations. Understanding the “variations on a utopian theme” developed his ideal community. His visions were set and La Tourette Monestary best portrays his utopian ideals.
The ideas of mass housing based on individual units when multiplied begs for organization and composition of a collective whole. Furthermore, it demands order and unity to create harmony among the collective units. Le Corbusier allows his dreams to become a reality by devoting himself to architecture. “As a reward Architecture will bring a special happiness to those who have given her their whole being.”
Le Corbusier finds faith and gives a part of himself to each of his creations. He created order and unity within his own utopian theme, which was detrimental when it came to the grand scale of a city. He was able to create a reality for the modern man, for an “ordered” community; he stated the problem and came up with multiple solutions. At the scale of the Monastery of Ema, one can begin to put together his utopian ideas for an “ideal” community. Furthermore, the work of La Maison de Hommes inject certain ideas into society. Then it begins to recast the community as a whole; a community with freedom and mobility. One can appreciate the pieces and the connections he made through his explorations. One cannot multiply a “utopian theme” for mass housing, especially when one begins to deal with family units and other complex parts of society which was never understood, evident by the lack of “ordered” collectivity in the City for Three-Million.