The axonometric drawing is a useful way to describe a city. It is a view as though looking from above. Generated using a plan drawing or map, an axonometric can show relationships across broad areas of a city, as a physical model does, providing a good overview. It can also be used to explain concepts or make connections across large schemes. Exploded axonometric images allow a scheme to be presented as a series of layers that have been pulled apart to reveal connections within the scheme.

This competition-entry scheme by Rocky Marchant and Ergin Birinci proposes a tower structure for the city of Damascus, Syria. The section through ...

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