AXO DEMYSTIFIED: The Cube Method for Site Visualization Blog is Online!

Over the summer 2021 Kelly Kang, Berend Kessler (both MLA3 students) and I created the blog: AXO DEMYSTIFIED: The Cube Method for Site Visualization which teaches students how to set up a basic axonometric, as well as explaining the CUBE Method created by me during the Seeing Environment seminar 2020 W1. This method visualizes the site quickly three dimensionally. I am currently also finishing a paper on the CUBE method, which will be published soon.

The CUBE Method in Action in STUDIO LARC 502 Spring 2021

I am currently working with graduate students on an online learning platform to explain the CUBE method, as a visualization tool for landscape diagnostics, analysis and design. This will be available for students in the fall 2021.

The outcome of the current CUBE method in landscape architecture foundational studio teaching can be viewed in the blog publication below.


This course teaches students to observe and record the world with all the senses and document those experiences in multiple ways: drawings, images, diagrams, audio and video recording, text, and 3D, digital, and physical modelling. Today’s world has to be understood and designed ‘inclusively’. To start this design learning process, Seeing Environment, equips students with strategies and operating tools to observe and record the environment around us in a multi-sensorial way.

The COVID-19 crisis challenged design students and instructors to adapt to a new online learning experience. This course rethinks the educational approach, introducing strategies to engage all of the senses, and prompting students to consider how these could be understood and represented from their “classroom” at home. 

This blog documents the students work in autumn 2020, a follow up course after its initiation in 2018. It also uses a recent book manuscript ‘Sense..ible Design’ (expt. 2021 Routledge) and articles published by Prof. Daniel Roehr in 2020.

Thank you to Marissa Campbell, Wenting Yang, Kathryn Pierre for designing the blog.

Online Teaching Increases Enthusiasm to Draw

Teaching online can be exhausting, but it can also be supportive in learning. Students who are finding it difficult to draw beside their skilled peers in studio can practice remotely at their own pace, encouraging them to try to sketch without fear. Screen-sharing their sketches with their peers and instructor after trying alone, might reassure them to show and speak freely about their drawings, resulting in more sketching practice. If instructors record their ‘visualized’ tablet lectures, students can refer to them in their own time. Below are screenshot still images of the animated lectures of the Seeing Environment Seminar 2020 LARC 582R – UBC (Photos by Bruce Marchfelder, UBC).