1st Edition

From Models to Drawings Imagination and Representation in Architecture

Edited By Marco Frascari, Jonathan Hale, Bradley Starkey Copyright 2007
    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited collection addresses the vital role of the imagination in the critical interpretation of architectural representations. By challenging the contemporary tendency for computer-aided drawings to become mere ‘models’ for imitation in the construction of buildings, the articles explore the broader range of methods and meanings at stake in the creation and interpretation of architectural drawings, models, images and artefacts.

    These critical – and often practice-led - investigations are placed alongside a range of historical studies considering the development of representational techniques such as perspective, orthography and diagramming. By also addressing the use of visual representation in a number of related disciplines such as visual arts, film, performance and literature, the book opens up debates in architecture to important developments in other fields.

    This book is key reading for all students of architecture and architectural theory.


    General Introduction:

    Models & Drawings: The Invisible Nature of Architecture

    Marco Frascari

    Part 1: Historical Perspectives


    1. Alberto Pérez-Gómez

    Questions of Representation: The Poetic Origin of Architecture

    2. Marco Frascari

    On Paper: The Materiality of Architectural Drawings

    3. Nader El-Bizri

    Imagination and Architectural Representation

    4. Raymond Quek

    Drawing Adam’s Navel: The Problem of Disegno as Creative Tension Between the Visible and Knowledgeable.

    5. Paul Emmons

    Drawn to Scale: The Imaginative Inhabitation of Architectural Drawings

    6. Qi Zhu

    The Cultural Context of Design and the Corporeal Dynamism of Drawing as the Foundations for the Imagination of Construction

    7. Federica Goffi

    Architecture’s Twinned Body: Building and Drawing.

    8. Teresa Stoppani

    Translucent and Fluid: Piranesi’s Impossible Plan

    9. Nicholas Temple and Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

    Contemplating the Unfinished

    10. Antony Moulis

    Le Corbusier’s Spirals


    Part 2: Emergent Realities


    11. Richard Coyne

    Forms in the Dark: Nature, Waste and Digital Imitation

    12. Donald Kunze

    Concealment, Delay, and Topology in the Creation of Wondrous Drawing

    13. Mathanraj Ratinam

    A Digital Renaissance: Reconnecting Architectural Representation and Cinematic Visual Effects

    14. David Gissen

    Drawing Air: The Visual Culture of Bio-political Imaging

    15. Christina Malathouni

    'Higher' Being and 'Higher' Drawing: Claude Bragdon's 'Fourth Dimension' and the Use of Computer Technology in Design


    Part 3: Critical Dimensions


    16. Jane Rendell

    Seeing Time/Writing Place

    17. Judith Mottram

    Marks in Space: thinking about drawing

    18. Catherine Hamel

    Drawing Lines of Confrontation

    19. Jonathan Hill

    Weather Architecture, Weather Drawing

    20. Sam Ridgeway

    Drawing on Light

    21. Bradley Starkey

    Post Secular Architecture: Material, Intellectual, Spiritual Models

    22. Katie Lloyd Thomas

    Specifying Materials: Language, Matter and the Conspiracy of Muteness

    23. Betty Nigianni

    Architecture as Image-Space-Text

    24. Peg Rawes

    Acts of Imagination and Reflection in Architectural Design

    25. Katja Grillner

    In the Corner of Perception – Spatial Experience in Distraction


    Marco Frascari is Director of the School of Architecture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

    Jonathan Hale is Associate Professor in Architecture and Course Director for the interdisciplinary MA in Architecture and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, UK.

    Bradley Starkey is a Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, UK.