A lot of times diagrams are made AFTER the design process as a way to summarize or communicate the ideas. As a result they are by nature detached from the very design process. I think retro-active diagramming usually results in loss of information.
Site Analysis: Visualizing a Site Analysis Ever wonder how the environment and natural surroundings will affect the design of a home? Here is a sample of a typical site analysis we think through in the design process, and sometimes illustrate for the client. The interplay of the building mass and natural features, such as trees, sun path, wind patterns, and the form of the land are important items to consider and can help ensure that the site is utilized to maximum advantage.