Architectural Graphics Research: Topics and Trends through Cluster and Map Network Analyses
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TitleArchitectural Graphics Research: Topics and Trends through Cluster and Map Network Analyses
López-Chao, Vicente; Amado Lorenzo, Antonio. 2020. "Architectural Graphics Research: Topics and Trends through Cluster and Map Network Analyses" Symmetry 12, no. 12: 1936.
[Abstract] Graphic representation is a fundamental language in architecture and engineering because it facilitates the communication of any type of information. Therefore, professionals and students need continuous and updated training, with scientific references being the best source of knowledge. However, accessing the latest findings is a complex process for people in the professional world or without an extensive research background since there are no specific filters in the databases, such as architectural graphics. This manuscript aims to define the research topics and trends in architectural graphics as a point of reference for novel professors and new researchers in graphics or drawing. A database on the Scopus-indexed scientific production of the professors of architectural graphics from public architecture schools in Spain has been developed. Furthermore, cluster and map network analyses have been performed using VOSviewer with different levels of co-occurrence to define what this group of academics investigates and how the issues are related. The results evidenced a structure in four categories: the philosophy and theory of architectural graphics, the theory of geometry in architectural heritage, the application of digital graphics in architecture education and urban design management. Research gaps are mentioned and a base framework for the future of research in architectural graphics is proposed.