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The Routledge Companion to Architectural Drawings and Models
From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying

Edited By

Federica Goffi

ISBN 9780367511463
Published May 31, 2022 by Routledge
608 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Architectural drawings and models are instruments of imagination, communication, and historical continuity. The role of drawings and models, and their ownership, placement, and authorship in a ubiquitous digital age deserve careful consideration. Expanding on the well-established discussion of the translation from drawings to buildings, this book fills a lacuna in current scholarship, questioning the significance of the lives of drawings and models after construction.

Including emerging, well-known, and world-renowned scholars in the fields of architectural history and theory and curatorial practices, the thirty-five contributions define recent research in four key areas:

  • drawing sites/sites of knowledge construction: drawing, office, construction site;
  • the afterlife of drawings and models: archiving, collecting, displaying, and exhibiting;
  • tools of making: architectural representations and their apparatus over time; and
  • the ethical responsibilities of collecting and archiving: authorship, ownership, copyrights, and rights to copy.

The research covers a wide range of geographies and delves into the practices of such architects as Sir John Soane, Superstudio, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wajiro Kon, Germán Samper Gnecco, A+PS, Mies van der Rohe, and Renzo Piano.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Drawing Sites/Sites of Knowledge Construction: Drawing, Office, Construction Site

1 A Well-Sited Archive: The Carlo Scarpa Archive at the Castelvecchio Museum

Alba Di Lieto

2 The "House Arrest" of Michelangelo’s Mural Drawings

Jonathan Foote

3 Representing Geohistory: Exploring Drawing as Reconstruction in the Archives of Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc

Aisling M. O’Carroll

4 Buildings as Unsolicited Drawing Surfaces: An Atlas of Athenian Inscriptions

Konstantinos Avramidis

5 Brazilian Architectural Archives and Contemporary Challenges: The Archives of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Gregori Warchavchik, Lina Bo Bardi, Roberto Burle Marx, Lúcio Costa, and Oscar Niemeyer

Sol Camacho

6 The Place of Models and Drawings in Sir John Soane’s House and Museum

Helen Dorey

7 The Fabbriceria and the Mise en a-BIM: Where and What Are We Trying to Hide?

Claudio Sgarbi and Jesse Rafeiro

8 Finding Traces in Germán Samper’s Sketches: Making Public the Private Archive

Maria Elisa Navarro Morales, Cristina Albornoz Rugeles, and Alejandro Henríquez Luque

9 The Living Archive: The Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Renzo Piano Foundation

Renzo Piano (RPBW), Chiara Bennati, Nicoletta Durante, and Giovanna Langasco (RPF), Interviewed by Federica Goffi

Part 2 The Afterlife of Drawings and Models: Archiving, Collecting, Displaying, and Exhibiting

10 Chance and Change: The Survival and Significance of Architectural Drawings and Models

Olivia Horsfall Turner

11 Life and Afterlife of a Design Process: Models and the Building of the Royal Albert Hall

Simona Valeriani

12 Thin Sheets: Tracing Openings within the Archival Matter of Alison + Peter Smithson

Ashley Mason

13 The Intimate Archive: Sites of Representation and Embodiment in a Reading of Drawing Matter

Sophia Banou

14 Monuments in Motion: Exhibiting the Full-Scale Replicas from the Barcelona School of Architecture Collection

Carolina B. García-Estévez

15 The Secret Afterlife of Three Drawings and the Reproduction They Spawned

Adam Sharr

16 The Singular Afterlife of What Was Once an Architectural Model

João Miguel Couto Duarte

17 Everlasting Inspirations of Archival Architectural Drawings in Japan: Traveling Avant-Garde Survey Sketches by Wajiro Kon

Izumi Kuroishi

18 When Is Architecture Art? Architectural Representations and the Postmodern Art World, or, Socioaesthetics

Jordan Kauffman

19 Cold War Odyssey: The Story of Mies van der Rohe’s Drawings and Papers

Dietrich Neumann

Part 3 Tools of Making and Knowledge Construction: Architectural Representations and Their Apparatus over Time

20 I Will Begin with the Jar of Empty Pen Caps: The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania

William Whitaker

21 Animate Instruments: Imagination and Architectural Drawing Tools

Paul Emmons

22 The Architectural Office Space as a Measuring Tool

Marian Macken, Sarosh Mulla, and Aaron Paterson

23 Tear It Down! Agency and Afterlife of Full-Size Models

Fabio Colonnese

24 On the Archive Table: Embodiment, Objectivity, and the Construction of Historical Knowledge

Athanasiou Geolas

25 How Wrapping Paper Transforms Its Contents: City Metaphors and O. M. Ungers’ Ghost Images

Samuel Korn

26 108 Embodiments of Potential Architecture: On Sisyphean Digital Libraries of Projects

Jean-Pierre Chupin and Carmela Cucuzzella

27 The Nature of Architecture: The Primitive Hut and the Nordic Pavilion

Jonathan Hill

Part 4 The Ethical Responsibilities of Collecting and Archiving: Authorship, Ownership, Copyrights, and Rights to Copy

28 A Collector’s Ethical Responsibilities? Álvaro Siza’s Social Housing Projects at the Drawing Matter Archive

Niall Hobhouse, Interviewed by Andrew Clancy

29 The Move of the Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings and Models: From Private Archive to Public Collection and Its Promotion of Use and Deterrence of Abuse

Neil Levine

30 After the Original (the Afterimage): High Costs, Low Roads, and Circumventions

Marcia F. Feuerstein

31 Rise and Fall of a Draftsman: A Biographic Reading of the Lequeu Legacy at the National Library of France

Elisa Boeri

32 Collecting "Slowly but Surely" Constructing the Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm

Christina Pech

33 On the Silence of the Colonial Archive: Examining Sensorial Agency through the Archival Drawings of Indian Residential Schools in Canada

Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon

34 The Luis Barragán Archives: A Long and Controversial Story

Louise Noelle

35 The Anxiety of Architectural Archives

Janet Parks

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Federica Goffi, PhD, is Interim Director, Professor of Architecture, and Co-Chair of the PhD and MAS Program in Architecture at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her book, Time Matter[s]: Invention and Re-imagination in Built Conservation: The Unfinished Drawing and Building of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, was published by Ashgate in 2013. Her recent edited volumes include Marco Frascari’s Dream House: A Theory of Imagination (Routledge 2017); InterVIEWS: Insights and Introspection in Doctoral Research in Architecture (Routledge 2019), and the coedited Ceilings and Dreams: The Architecture of Levity (Routledge 2019). She is the editor of And Yet It Moves: Ethics, Power, and Politics in the Stories of Collecting, Archiving and Displaying of Drawings and Models (Routledge 2021). She holds a PhD in Architecture and Design Research (Virginia Tech), a Dottore in Architettura (University of Genoa), and she is a licensed architect in her native country, Italy.


"In 1916, when the first architectural drawings from the recent past were brought in to lie beside those of Palladio and Jones at the RIBA, Halsey Ricardo spoke of the 'pathetic eloquence' with which they pictured a society, culture, and patterns of thought of a time just past. It is vital, if such pictures are to be faithfully drawn, to explore the patterns of collection by which architectural drawings and models have been preserved; the differences between the archival discipline and the process of inquiry in examining them; and commonalities or divergences in characteristics of drawings that may derive from hundreds of thousands in a modern office, or the scarce fragments of a Renaissance studio or Enlightenment collector’s cabinet.  Here is a scrupulously curated conversation that—perhaps for the first time—does just that."

Nicholas Olsberg, Former Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

"From tools of making to the documentation of built projects, drawings and models have long played a central role in the conceptual development of architectural projects. This momentous collection of essays brilliantly shows the development of the discipline by taking a new look at the traces left by the process of form generation, and offers glimpses of the potential for action in the contemporary world. The scope of subjects and the breadth of erudition makes this thought-provoking collection a must-read for anyone interested in the significance of architecture."

Louise Pelletier, Director, Design Center, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

"The archive has been a potent metaphor for scholars in recent decades, but this cornucopia of first-hand accounts insists on the archives as a physical site, one often deeply engaged in the politics of architecture and of reputations. A combination of oral history from those who have been at the helm of key collections and reflective texts on the very nature of architectural documents provides invitations for future historical work both for students launching a career and the most seasoned scholar alike."

Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University, New York (and former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York)