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Exhibition: Architectural Master Drawings from the Albertina Collection

08:30 - 13 March, 2016
Exhibition: Architectural Master Drawings from the Albertina Collection, Otto Wagner (1841 – 1918) Project of the Cathedral in Berlin Façade elevation, 1891. Image © ALBERTINA, Wien
Otto Wagner (1841 – 1918) Project of the Cathedral in Berlin Façade elevation, 1891. Image © ALBERTINA, Wien

The Albertina is one of the most prominent collections in the world with over one million works covering six centuries of art history, from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day. Its world famous Graphic Collection, rich in tradition, is by far the largest and most important department. The Architecture Collection of the Albertina is by no means less significant. It too spans across many periods, encompassing works by well-known architects. The exhibition in the Berlin Museum for Architectural Drawing allows a glimpse into this fantastic collection, showing hand drawn architecture across a wide spectrum with sketches, studies, vedute and project presentations by exceptional artists and architects such as Antonio Pisanello (1395–1455), Francesco Borromini (1599–1667), Hubert Robert (1733–1808), Egon Schiele (1890–1918), Hans Hollein (1934–2014) and Zaha Hadid (born 1950).

Call for Drawings: 30<30

06:00 - 19 February, 2016
Call for Drawings: 30<30

The architecture drawing gallery Tulpenmanie invites talented young authors (max 30 years old) from all over the world to submit an unpublished drawing about architecture, landscape and the city. During the next Salone del Mobile Milano 2016 the best works will be part of the exhibition 30<30.

Seminar: Drawing on the Motive Force of Architecture

07:00 - 18 January, 2016
Seminar: Drawing on the Motive Force of Architecture, Veg House, Stage 4 © Peter Cook
Veg House, Stage 4 © Peter Cook

For architects, drawing is a thinking process. Sketching by hand onto paper without having any predetermined built form in mind is often the springboard for new hypotheses. With the rise of digital representation in architecture, has the computer superseded the hand in the exploration of ideas?

This RIBA London seminar sees Professor Sir Peter Cook (co-founder of Archigram, director of CRAB Studio) and Professor Marcos Cruz (Bartlett) discuss the boons and limitations of digital representation in architecture, and the hybrid possibilities of using both in tandem.

The Best Architecture Drawings of 2015

09:30 - 11 January, 2016
Courtesy of Guillaume Ramillien Architecture
Courtesy of Guillaume Ramillien Architecture

We believe good projects should be able to express and explain themselves. Architectural representation plays a fundamental role in how a project is perceived by the audience, which is why today ArchDaily is recognizing the most outstanding, original and self explanatory drawings of the year.

The selected drawings cover the diverse range of different techniques used in architectural representation today, from hand drawing images to perfectly detailed axonometrics and animated GIFs - but one thing they all have in common is the deep insights they provide into the appearance, construction or concept of the buildings they represent.

How Painter Ben Johnson Takes Architectural Representation to Incredible Levels of Realism

04:00 - 8 December, 2015
How Painter Ben Johnson Takes Architectural Representation to Incredible Levels of Realism, 'Approaching the Mirador' (2013, acrylic on canvas, 89 x 59in / 225 x 150cm). Image © Ben Johnson
'Approaching the Mirador' (2013, acrylic on canvas, 89 x 59in / 225 x 150cm). Image © Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is a painter preoccupied by realism – especially when it comes to the two-dimensional representation of architectural space. A British artist practicing in London, Johnson has been working professionally since the mid-1960s. In that time his extensive œuvre has encompassed painted cityscapes and prints to depictions of rooms designed—among others—by Norman Foster, John Pawson, I. M. Pei, and David Chipperfield.

'Room of the Niobids II' (2011, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 99in / 180 x 252cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Fatherland Room' (2014, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 93in / 180 x 237cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Roman Room' (2014, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 93in / 180 x 237cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Room of the Niobids' (2011, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 99in / 180 x 252cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson +19

Drawings by Vinoly, Adjaye, Farrell, and 97 Others to be Auctioned in Article 25's 10x10 Fundraiser

12:00 - 16 November, 2015
Drawings by Vinoly, Adjaye, Farrell, and 97 Others to be Auctioned in Article 25's 10x10 Fundraiser, Peter Barbalov. Image Courtesy of Article 25
Peter Barbalov. Image Courtesy of Article 25

Architectural charity Article 25 has revealed a selection of the images to be included for auction in their annual 10x10 fundraising auction. One of the highlights of Article 25's calendar, each year the 10x10 event divides an area of the city of London into 100 sections, challenging the participants to produce a drawing or other artwork inspired by the location assigned to them. This year, Article 25 abandoned the usual grid in favor of 100 areas along the Thames, taking in the many landmarks along the river's winding route. Article 25's list of participants includes architects such as Rafael Vinoly, David Adjaye, Sir Terry Farrell, Will Alsop and Chris Wilkinson, alongside artists including Antony Gormley and Wolfgang Buttress.

Last year's 10x10 event raised over £120,000 for Article 25's healthcare projects in the developing world. This year, the 100 drawings will once again be briefly exhibited at the RIBA headquarters in London on December 1st before the work is auctioned, an addition to an online auction which will begin on November 24th at 10x10london.com.

Read on to see a selection of the artworks to be auctioned.

Rebecca Campbell. Image Courtesy of Article 25 Chris Wilkinson. Image Courtesy of Article 25 Paul Cox. Image Courtesy of Article 25 Jenny Harborne. Image Courtesy of Article 25 +16

How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course

08:00 - 23 October, 2015
How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course , Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr
Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr

The best buildings always start with a background, materials, and a plan. With a little help, now shots can too. In their new book, The Architecture of the Shot, author Paul Knorr and architectural planner Melissa Wood teamed up to create 75 blueprints detailing the creation of "the perfect shot from the bottom up." With historical backgrounds, detailed materials lists, and precise plans, anyone with an architectural eye will feel right at home constructing the “perfect” mixtures.

Panel Discussion: “Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age”

02:30 - 17 October, 2015
Panel Discussion: “Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age”, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italy, 1720–1778), Paestum, Italy: Interior of the Temple of Neptune from the North-East, 1777. Pencil, brown and grey washes, red chalk, pen and ink. Sir John Soane’s Museum
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italy, 1720–1778), Paestum, Italy: Interior of the Temple of Neptune from the North-East, 1777. Pencil, brown and grey washes, red chalk, pen and ink. Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sergei Tchoban, managing partner of the architectural firm nps tchoban voss with offices in Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg, SPEECH in Moscow and founder of the Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin and Andrew Zago, partner and founder of the firm Zago Architecture in Los Angeles will talk about the architectural hand- and computer generated drawings in architectural practice today. The importance of a drawing as an official language of an architect, as well as collecting and displaying it.

The panel will be moderated by Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at the Cantor.

Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015

14:00 - 27 September, 2015
Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015, First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture
First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus School of Architecture, schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA, and the Danish Arts Foundation have announced their collaborative competition, entitled Drawing of the Year 2015, which calls for imaginative student drawings, and aims to “celebrate the oldest tool of architects.”

Students worldwide are invited to submit drawings “that inspire, communicate, and engage” with the theme of Sustainability Through Architecture. Thus, drawings “should focus on sustainability and architecture’s ambition to take an active part in the change of our society,” and “should address architecture’s ability to contribute to a sustainable environment on all scales—concepts, utopias, buildings, landscapes, and cities.”

The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily Readers Respond

10:30 - 5 May, 2015
The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily Readers Respond, Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In the architecture world, there are a handful of persistent debates that arise time and time again: the challenges of being a woman in the field of architecture is one of them, for example; the problems of a culture of long hours and hard work is another. But one of the most enduring arguments in architecture - especially in the academic sphere - is the battle between hand drawing and computer aided design. Both schools have their famous proponents: Michael Graves, for example, was known as a huge talent with a pencil and paper, and came to the defense of drawing in articles for the New York Times, among others. Patrik Schumacher, on the other hand, is famous for his commitment to the capabilities of the computer.

To advance this heated conversation, two weeks ago we reached out to our readers to provide their thoughts on this topic in an attempt to get a broad cross-section of opinions from architects from all walks of life. Read some of the best responses after the break.

What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today's Architecture?

09:00 - 20 April, 2015
What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today's Architecture?, Competitions such as the RIBA Journal's "Eye Line" contest celebrate the importance of drawing. Image © Tom Noonan
Competitions such as the RIBA Journal's "Eye Line" contest celebrate the importance of drawing. Image © Tom Noonan

Update: We have now published our follow-up article of readers' responses - see it here.

Hand vs. Computer Drawing: A Student's Opinion

09:30 - 11 April, 2015
Hand vs. Computer Drawing: A Student's Opinion, Drawing by Chris Wilkinson (Wilkinson Eyre) for Article 25's 10x10 charity auction.. Image © Chris Wilkinson Courtesy of Article 25
Drawing by Chris Wilkinson (Wilkinson Eyre) for Article 25's 10x10 charity auction.. Image © Chris Wilkinson Courtesy of Article 25

In the debate about how architects - both present and future - represent our ideas, it is easy to find a lot of articles supporting both sides. One can read as many arguments as they want and find valid points supporting both hand-drawing and computer production. One could argue that there is nothing prettier than a well done hand-rendering of a project. Another could say that, although hand-drawing is something that catches the eye, it is not practical at all, takes longer than doing it on the computer and does not allow architects to easily modify it.

There is however another facet that does not come up as frequently as it maybe should: how does this discussion affect students? I believe we lie in a cross-fire, between the idea of what architects do and what they actually do.

London's Architectural Association Exhibits Futuristic Work of Jan Kaplický

14:00 - 4 March, 2015
London's Architectural Association Exhibits Futuristic Work of Jan Kaplický, © Jan Kaplický
© Jan Kaplický

Now on view at London’s Architectural Association, Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing. Through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.

The earliest projects date from the early 1970s when, for Kaplický, drawing was essentially a speculative pursuit. Whilst his days were spent working for other architects, during evenings and weekends he designed and drew at home. His architecture at this time was the plan and the finely detailed cross-section. Never satisfied, he constantly developed and honed his graphic language, perfecting the technique of the cutaway isometric which became his trademark.

A preview of Kaplický’s drawings, after the break. 

© Jan Kaplický © Jan Kaplický © Jan Kaplický © Jan Kaplický +9

Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation

06:00 - 1 March, 2015
Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation , "Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
"Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing

From March 13, Berlin's Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing will showcase the work of acclaimed Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in the eponymous exhibition "Alexander Brodsky. Works." 

Curated by Daria Paramonova, architect and co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the exhibition will feature a collection of Brodsky's new and old work and run until June 5.

Learn more about the exhibition and view selected works on display after the break.

"Architect", Alexander Brodsky (1984). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (1993). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (2014). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Vanishing Points", Alexander Brodsky (1997). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing +10

URBAN TALES to Explore the Future of Cities

06:00 - 26 February, 2015
URBAN TALES to Explore the Future of Cities, 'New St James' Park'. Image Courtesy of Ned Scott
'New St James' Park'. Image Courtesy of Ned Scott

URBAN TALES will showcase three distinct architectural artwork series exploring visions of narrative based city redevelopments. Featuring RIBA Presidents Medal-winning work, these original and engaging threads of imagery from UCL architecture graduates Ned Scott, Nick Elias and Anja Kempa objectify fiction and challenge political reality. The exhibitors question the role of architecture in a changing world and use fictional narratives to design fantastical, but possible, cities. URBAN TALES will kick off with an opening party on Friday, March 6 and remain on view through April 10, 2015 at Carousel London. Read on to learn more. 

Astropad: Use Your iPad As A Professional Graphics Tablet

04:00 - 26 February, 2015
Astropad: Use Your iPad As A Professional Graphics Tablet, Astropad: use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your Mac. Image Courtesy of Astropad
Astropad: use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your Mac. Image Courtesy of Astropad

Astropad, an app for iOS and Mac, transforms your existing iPad into a professional graphics tablet without the need for additional hardware. Having been developed by Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli - both former Apple engineers - the app allows for the iPad to act as a extended trackpad as well as work with most third-party styluses.

Drink Like an Architect: Pair your Cocktail with the Perfect Building

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
Drink Like an Architect: Pair your Cocktail with the Perfect Building, Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe / Manhattan Cocktail. Image Courtesy of Kosmos Architects
Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe / Manhattan Cocktail. Image Courtesy of Kosmos Architects

To paraphrase an old adage, "behind every great building is a great architect." According to Swiss-based Kosmos Architects, a less familiar version of this might say "beside every great building is a perfectly mixed cocktail." The firm has revealed a scientifically (un)proven link between alcohol and architecture: ramps, for instance, are often built at an inclination of five to seven degrees, a statistic that correlates to the alcoholic percentage of an average beer. Furthermore, a steep forty-degree roof incline designed to throw off snowfall matches the forty percent alcohol content of vodka used in Arctic climates to keep out the winter chill.

Kosmos Architects has published a series of twelve illustrated postcards, linking iconic buildings with their appropriate drink. A Manhattan for Mies, a Blue Blazer for Zumthor, and a Smoky Martini for Herzog & de Meuron all belong to the series 'Good Drinks & Good Buildings,' a booze-soaked comparison of architecture and alcohol, just in time to ring in 2015. 

What's inside SOM's martini? Find out after the break 

Villa Malaparte by Adalberto Libera and Curzio Malaparte / Negroni. Image Courtesy of Kosmos Architects Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe / Manhattan Cocktail. Image Courtesy of Kosmos Architects Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor / Blue Blazer Cocktail. Image Courtesy of Kosmos Architects Palais Bulles by Antti Lovag / Bellini. Image Courtesy of Kosmos Architects +26

Article 25 Auctions 100 Artworks By Leading Architects in 10x10 Fundraiser

01:00 - 29 October, 2014
Article 25 Auctions 100 Artworks By Leading Architects in 10x10 Fundraiser, By Derek Draper. Image Courtesy of Article 25
By Derek Draper. Image Courtesy of Article 25

Architectural aid charity Article 25 has unveiled the drawings for its most important annual fundraising event, the 10x10 Drawing the City Auction. Featuring drawings donated by leading architects including Norman Foster, Ivan HarbourSheila O'Donnell, Terry Farrell and Ken Shuttleworth among many others, in previous years the 10x10 auction has raised over £90,000 for the charity, and this year it is hoped that it will top £100,000.

The 10x10 concept divides a section of the city up into a 10 by 10 square grid, with each participating architect assigned a section of the grid where they must find inspiration for an artwork. This year, the grid centred on the Shard, where this year's auction will be held on November 27th. In the lead-up to the auction, bidding will also be available online from November 4th-25th, at the 10x10 website.

Read on after the break for another 20 of the pieces to be auctioned

By Eva Jiricna. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By Matthew Lloyd. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By Paul Williams. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By Bill Hanway. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By CJ Lim. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By Ian Ritchie. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By Roger Fitzgerald. Image Courtesy of Article 25 By Will Alsop. Image Courtesy of Article 25 +21