2012 - 2013 Lawrence Lek & Michael Dean

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Condemned Building - Douglas Darden

Below are a two sectional pencil drawings from the book Condemned Building by Douglas Darden

Cross section through alleged Originary Wall

Oxygen House section

There is not a great deal of information about these projects online. I highly recommend that you try and get access to a copy of the book - i will bring in my own copy when we next meet


Below are a selection of drawings produced between 1989 and 1992 by Morphosis - an American architectural practice established in 1971.

Lawrence House sections

Arts Park Performing Arts Pavilion

Expo 95 composite drawing

Crawford Residence sections

6th Street Residence Sections

6th Street Residence Sections

Retail Store plan and axonometric

Hot Dog Stall plan and section composite study

Consider how the techniques used in these drawings relate to ideas we discussed on Tuesday about establishing hierarchy in your drawn work. Consider how these methods - the considered use of different line weights, textures and tones - might be exploited in your own drawings to communicate the various material qualities of the environments you are studying and to make graphic distinctions between the different elements which comprise the sites.

Please have a look at morphopedia for more incredible projects - both drawn and built

Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Manhattan Transcripts - Bernard Tschumi


Bernard Tschumi 
The Manhattan Transcripts

"Architecture is not simply about space and form, but also about event, action, and what happens in space.

The Manhattan Transcripts differ from most architectural drawings insofar as they are neither real projects nor mere fantasies. Developed in the late '70s, they proposed to transcribe an architectural interpretation of reality. To this aim, they employed a particular structure involving photographs that either direct or "witness" events (some would call them "functions," others "programs"). At the same time, plans, sections, and diagrams outline spaces and indicate the movements of the different protagonists intruding into the architectural "stage set." The Transcripts' explicit purpose was to transcribe things normally removed from conventional architectural representation, namely the complex relationship between spaces and their use, between the set and the script, between "type" and "program," between objects and events. Their implicit purpose had to do with the 20th-century city.



Saturday, 24 November 2012

Alexey Titarenko

Long exposure photographs of crowds moving through the streets of St. Petersburg from the "City of Shadows" project by Russian photographer Alexey Titarenko

Julie Mehretu

"Julie Mehretu was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She studied at University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar (1990–91), earned a BA from Kalamazoo College, Michigan (1992), and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (1997). She was a resident of the CORE Program, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1997–98) and the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001). Mehretu’s paintings and drawings refer to elements of mapping and architecture, achieving a calligraphic complexity that resembles turbulent atmospheres and dense social networks. Architectural renderings and aerial views of urban grids enter the work as fragments, losing their real-world specificity and challenging narrow geographic and cultural readings. The paintings’ wax-like surfaces—built up over weeks and months in thin translucent layers—have a luminous warmth and spatial depth Their formal qualities of light and space are made all the more complex by Mehretu’s delicate depictions of fire, explosions, and perspectives in both two and three dimensions. Her works engage the history of nonobjective art—from Constructivism to Futurism—posing contemporary questions about the relationship between utopian impulses and abstraction."


"With my work, it’s the architecture and the space and the built environment that become a kind of palimpsest, another type of atmosphere. The buildings are so layered, the information can be so layered and disintegrated, that it almost becomes a dust-like atmosphere in the place and palimpsest."

-Julie Mehretu

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Perry Kulper

Perry Kulper is an  Architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at The University of Michigan. He is renowned for his exquisite architectural drawings.

You can read an interview here in which he discusses his drawn work and his ideas about architectural representation

Click on the images below for larger versions of the drawings

David's Island Competition

 David's Island Competition, Detail

 David's Island Competition, Detail

Fast Twitch Site Plan

Fast Twitch Elevation Study

Central Califoria History Museum, Thematic drawing

Thematic Drawing, detail

Central Califoria History Museum, Section

Bleached Out:Relational Drawing

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Agency of Mapping; Speculation, Critique and Invention

James Corner is an American Landscape Architect and theorist. In 1999 he published the essay The Agency of Mapping; Speculation, Critque and Invention in Mappings edited by Denis Cosgrove. The text explores the potential creative capacity of mapping processes.

“As a creative practice, mapping precipitates its most productive effects through a finding that is also a founding; its agency lies in neither reproduction or imposition but rather in uncovering realities previously unseen or unimagined, even across seemingly exhausted grounds. Thus mapping unfolds potential; it re-makes territory over and over again, each time with new and diverse consequences.”

It is an extremely interesting essay and conceptually contextualizes the ambitions of mapping exercises which we will investigate later this term

You can access a pdf copy of the essay online by clicking here

The drawings in this post are taken from James Corner's book; Taking Measures Across the American Landscape

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

CASE NO. 00-17163 (Fragment) - Diller + Scofidio

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 - Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo.

For 12 years the lawns of the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park have been transformed by an annual series of  temporary pavilions by some of the worlds most significant architects and artists. This years structure was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. 

The design reveals traces of the preceding 11 pavilions and 'excavates'  the otherwise obscured geometries of the earlier buildings to propose a new submerged landscape; a composite of historical forms and structures..

The drawings describe this process and the generation of the building's form.

From the Serpentine;"This year’s Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each past Pavilion and a twelfth column representing the current structure will support a floating platform roof 1.4 metres above ground. The Pavilion’s interior will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen for its unique qualities and to echo the excavated earth. Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of the earlier structures."

Explore the earlier pavilions here

Still Life - Sam Taylor-Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood : Still Life from Waldir Barreto on Vimeo.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Time Lapse Photography

Roy Kiyooka, 32 Frames from Tobin Street, Lattices of Light,

From: http://www.artsask.ca/en/collections/themes/timetelling/roykiyooka/32_frames

Table Manners - Sarah Wigglesworth & Jeremy Till

The Lay of the Table
An architectural odering of place, status and function. A frozen moment of perfection

The Meal
Use begins to undermine the apparent stability of the (architectural) order. Traces of occupation in time. The recognition of life's disorder.

The Trace
The dirty tablecloth, witness of disorder. Between space and time. The palimpsest.

Architectural Design profile No.134, THE EVERYDAY AND ARCHITECTURE, Guest edited by Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, London, 1998