Thursday Final Review: 141 Technology I


141 TECHNOLOGY I (Undergrad)
Led by Mohamed Shariff


“The imagination works with eyes open. It alters and is altered by what is seen. The problem is that if we admit this, then the relation between ideas and things turns mutable and inconstant. Such destabilization is bound to affect our understanding of architectural drawing, which occupies the most uncertain, negotiable position of all, along the main thoroughfare between ideas and things. For this same reason, drawing may be proposed as the principal locus of conjecture in architecture.”
Robin Evans, Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays, p. 154.
Architectural drawing is neither a rote mechanical activity nor a pursuit of static representation. Rather it is both a dynamic medium and practice capable of provoking and underwriting disciplinary design intellection and speculation. Indeed the evolution of formal and representational conventions of architectural projection, first established almost six centuries ago in medieval and Renaissance Europe. provides ample evidence of such influence.
So to draw today is to be cognizant of the arc of progress from composition to projection, from extrusion to diffusion, from parti to diagram. To draw today is to be alert to the instrumental potential of projection, to its analytical and generative capacities. And finally, to quote Robin Evans once more, to draw today is be attuned to the vivacity of projective transactions "for what is potent in them rather than what is latent".
This course introduces students to techniques of projection and presentation in two- and three-dimensions as they relate to the disciplinary culture and practice of architectural design. Alternating between analog and digital methods, and transitioning between different software platforms, students will learn to analyze and communicate using orthographic and paraline drawings.