Architects / Drawing

When I draw, the drawing is not a step toward the built but an autonomous reality that I try to anticipate.” (Raimund Abraham, Bomb magazine, Fall 2001)

In these clips we see a range of approaches to architectural drawing, plus a range of interpretative strategies. Peter Cook is caught in 1982 walking a group through an exhibit of his and Ron Herron’s drawings. That same year, Bernard Tschumi discusses his Manhattan Transcripts project and Raimund Abraham talks about the role of drawing in his process. Robin Evans in 1985 steps back for a long view of the relationship between geometry and architecture. The lectures by Claude Parent (1998) and José Oubrerie (2011) actively incorporated drawing as performance. Marcelyn Gow brings the discussion up to date with a study of the function of line in projects by SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis students.

Clips

Peter Cook Gallery Talk-clip_3254

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August 13, 2014 |
Peter Cook argues that Ron Herron's work is more consistent than his in pitch and drawing style. He points out how diagrams are extremely important for Herron. He focuses on Herron's sketches, especially the drawings of the “The Walking City” and “The Plug-In City."

Bernard Tschumi Manhattan Transcripts-clip_2502

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August 13, 2014 |
Bernard Tschumi describes his attitude toward his work as an attempt to see architecture as a form of knowledge. He then describes his obsession with event and movement, insisting that they are pivotal in all his design decisions. Tschumi also introduces the Manhattan Transcripts, analysing the first two parts as a way of explaining the drawings and ideas behind the work.

Raimund Abraham

August 13, 2014 |
Raimund Abraham describes his drawing techniques and working methodologies while presenting a series of homes and competitions in the form of melodic sketches and intricate models. Abraham expresses his sensibilities as geometric investigations colliding with every possible physiological aspect of architecture. His emotive confessions are reinforced by renderings meant to capture the ethereal affects of space, shadow, and form.

Architects / Drawing

August 13, 2014 |

Claude Parent Part One-clip_3383

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August 13, 2014 |
Claude Parent lectures in French, and an interpreter provides an English translation. Parent illustrates his ideas by drawing on paper attached to the wall. Parent stresses the importance of movement in architecture, evoking the ocean and waves as a image of what he is interested in architecture. He calls himself a magician of architecture, and claims he designs illusions. Parent argues that Frank Lloyd Wright and Erich Mendelsohn were the first architects to incorporate the illusion of movement in architecture.

Architects / Drawing

August 13, 2014 |

Architects / Drawing

August 13, 2014 |