Drawing Imagining Building: Embodiment in Architectural Design Practices, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Drawing Imagining Building

Embodiment in Architectural Design Practices, 1st Edition

By Paul Emmons


262 pages | 80 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781472465269
pub: 2019-04-15
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Drawing Imagining Building focuses on the history of hand-drawing practices to capture some of the most crucial and overlooked parts of the process. Using 80 black and white images to illustrate the examples, it examines architectural drawing practices to elucidate the ways drawing advances the architect’s imagination.

Emmons considers drawing practices in the Renaissance and up to the first half of the twentieth century. Combining systematic analysis across time with historical explication presents the development of hand-drawing, while also grounding early modern practices in their historical milieu. Each of the illustrated chapters considers formative aspects of architectural drawing practice, such as upright elevations, flowing lines and occult lines, and drawing scales to identify their roots in an embodied approach to show how hand-drawing contributes to the architect’s productive imagination. By documenting some of the ways of thinking through practices of architectural handdrawing, it describes how practices can enrich the ethical imagination of the architect.

This book would be beneficial for academics, practitioners, and students of architecture, particularly those who are interested in the history and significance of hand-drawing and technical drawing.

About the Author

Paul Emmons is a registered architect and a professor of architecture at Virginia Tech, USA where he is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Dr. Emmons is based at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center and coordinates its stream of the PhD Program in Architecture + Design Research. His widely presented and published research includes recently co-editing Confabulations, Storytelling in Architecture and Ceilings and Dreams: The Architecture of Levity.

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