The Construction of Drawings and Movies

Models for Architectural Design and Analysis

By Thomas Forget

© 2013 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

The architectural imagery that you create is most effective when it examines your project in an abstract manner. Most students and practitioners understand linear perspective and cinema to be examples of architectural presentation tools. This book asks you to consider drawings and movies to be analytical tools that give you the capacity to engage all phases of the design process, from parti to presentation.

The ways in which spaces relate to each other and how materials connect to each other in your projects are as important as your building’s appearance. As digital tools increasingly allow you to simulate the experience of built and unbuilt environments, it is essential that you scrutinize the nature of architectural imagery and resist the lure of virtual reality. Though pure simulation may be appropriate for your clients, your design process requires abstraction and analysis.

Author Thomas Forget demonstrates how to construct analytical drawings and movies that challenge the alleged realism of linear perspective and cinema. These demonstrations expose you to underlying principles that will allow you to understand the broader implications of these methods. In addition, historical surveys of drawings and movies provide you with insight into how architects and architectural historians have understood the role of linear perspective and cinema in their fields. Finally, examples of drawing and moviemaking strategies illustrate how you can apply the lessons of the book to precedent analyses and design projects.


"Combining Alberti’s theory with examples of experimental film making is a brilliant way to continue the traditions of linear perspective construction in the digital age, and to establish greater rigor and knowledge in the application of movement and time to architectural representations."

Brian McGrath, associate professor, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, USA

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: Analytical and Pictorial Imagery Part 1: Construction Logic 1. The Demystification of Linear Perspective 2. The Making of a Movie Part 2: Matters of History 3. The Non-linear Progression of Linear Perspective 4. The Extents (and Limits) of Architecture-Cinema Part 3: Indeterminate Projections 5. Architectural Drawings 6. Architectural Movies. Epilogue: The Reflexivity of Architecture and Projection. Notes and Credits. Index

About the Author

Thomas Forget is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and founder of Ciotat Studio, New York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ART / Film & Video