Architectural CAD Drafting
Importance of Line And Form In Landscape Design Architectural CAD Drafting (Continued)

The AEC Associates Architectural CAD Drafting services must follow the basic principles of landscape design to come up with interesting compositions and pleasant outdoor spaces. It’s important for Architectural CAD drafting to understand the basic elements of landscaping- line, form, color, texture and visual weight- to produce landscape designs that are able to attract the visitors and satisfy the clients. We continue the intricacies of element of line here before moving on the form.


As we discussed in our previous post, lines are a powerful tool for Architectural CAD drafting as they can be used to create forms and patterns, produce themes, develop spaces, and control movement of the eye and the body.

How are lines created:

Landscape lines can be created in the following ways-

  • When two different materials meet on the ground plane- a brick footpath meeting an expanse of green grass
  • When the edge of an object is visible or contrasts with the background- The silhouette of a tree against the sky or outline of a sculpture against a patch of green
  • The placement of a material in a line- a fence or a short line of hedges.

Characteristics of lines:

The response of the people to the landscape, both physically and emotionally, is determined by the characteristics of lines. We present a brief summary below:

  • Straight lines

Structural and forceful, create a formal character, associated usually with symmetrical designs, lead the eye directly to a focal point. Found mostly in hardscape edges and materials.

  • Diagonal lines

Straight lines with an intentional direction.

  • Curved lines

Create an informal, natural and relaxed character; associated with nature and asymmetrical designs, move the eye at a slower pace creating mystery to the space by hiding certain views.

  • Vertical lines

Move the eye up, thus creating the illusion that the space is actually larger; can emphasize a feature and signify activity. Found in tall, narrow plant material like trees and tall structures like bird house on a pole.

  • Horizontal lines

Move the eye along the ground and make the space look larger, more subdued, create a feeling of rest or relaxation. Found in low garden walls, pathways or short hedges etc.

Lines play an important role in enabling Architectural CAD drafting create pleasing landscapes. In our next post, we shall be discussing the significance of form for the landscape designers.