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From Lina Bo Bardi to Renzo Piano: When Drawing Translates the Experience of Space

© Mikkel Frost
© Mikkel Frost

If today technologies are emerging for different forms of representation and interaction with drawing, understanding how architects communicate through hand-drawn strokes can be essential to delve into the topic of architectural visualization. Through the simplicity of gestures, small texts or a collage of references, it is possible to translate ideas in an innovative way, unlike the ways that a render can present. For this reason, we highlight here the work of great names such as Lina Bo Bardi, Renzo Piano, Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Mikkel Frost, who, using different techniques, reveal different ways of representing a project.

Lina Bo Bardi. Preliminary study – practicable sculptures from the belvedere Museu de Arte Trianon, 1968. Ink and watercolor on paper, 56.3 x 76.5 cm. MASP collection, donation from Instituto Lina Bo and P. M. Bardi© Mikkel FrostPainting of INES Innovation Center / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen.Sketch - Renovation and Expansion of the Harvard Art Museums / Renzo Piano + Payette+ 17

From Digital Collage to Hand Sketches: Find Inspiration for Your Next Architectural Visualizations

With an increasing amount of architectural visualizations being published on social media, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Adding this to how the famous algorithm works, we end up always being exposed to social media publications that are, in many ways, similar to each other. But for us as architects, designers, and students, social media is not only a platform for networking and sharing our works. It also serves as a source of inspiration. If the algorithm isn’t helping us to discover new and different ideas, then it’s up to us to go out of our way and look for them.

Why the Drawings of Louis Kahn Still Matter

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

In an age of ebooks and web-first publishing, Louis Kahn: The Importance of a Drawing (Lars Müller Publishers) is a defiant throwback: a lavish, 500-plus-page book, very much an object befitting its subject, whose buildings had a weight, both literal and figurative, that was part of their power and appeal. Conceived and edited by Michael Merrill, the book is both a deep examination of Kahn’s creative process, as told through the medium of the hand drawing, as well as a revealing portrait of the man behind those buildings and illustrations. Merrill is an architect and educator and currently serves as director of research at the Institute for Building Typology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He’s also the author of two previous books on the master architect, Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out and Louis Kahn: On the Thoughtful Making of Spaces.

Hybrid parking structure. Image © Philadelphia Civic Center, Louis Kahn, 1956-57.© National Assembly, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1962-83, diagrammatic plan, Louis Kahn, circa 1963-64.Left-hand page: Towers, San Gimignano, Italy, Louis Kahn, 1928. Right-hand page: Richards Medical Research Building, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1957-60.Why the Drawings of Louis Kahn Still Matter+ 6

New Louisiana Museum Exhibition Showcases Drawings by Peter Cook

Courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

In its new exhibition Peter Cook: City Landscapes, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art showcases drawings by the influential architect, best known for his architectural theories and visionary concepts. Curated by Kjeld Kjeldsen and Mette Marie Kallehauge, the event is part of the exhibition series Louisiana on Paper, which presented the work of various artists over the years and is now debuting its first show featuring drawings by an architect.

Courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtCourtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtCourtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtCourtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art+ 5

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

Cortesía de Mecanoo© Adam Mørk© Gonzalo Viramonte© Stephan Lucas+ 148

Virtual Classes: Will 3D Models Replace Hand Drawn Renderings?

Render simulating a concrete model. Image © Arq. Julio Andrés Pinedo Agudelo
Render simulating a concrete model. Image © Arq. Julio Andrés Pinedo Agudelo

2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic forced architectural students around the world to go virtual with their classes and coursework, transforming the way architecture was both taught and learned. Once based primarily on in-class participation, and collaboration, architectural workshops had to take on whole new methods of instruction. Conversations and debates between students and their instructors, a key element of architectural education were relegated to phone and video calls as well as written documents, making digital formatting an essential tool for students to share their ideas and receive feedback on their work.

School Architecture: Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of +70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

Flores & Prats: "We Draw with the Responsibility to Build"

When we approached the Flores & Prats firm, we wanted to focus on their precise drawing just as much as their detailed mock-ups. We wanted to see a project that not only "values the time invested and accumulated in it but also sees said time as a virtue and not a defect;" an indication of paying attention to the process as well as the unexpected. (In this sense, it reminds me of reading about how to draw a forest, among other things, in "Las tardes de dibujo en el estudio Miralles & Pinós").

We conducted a long-distance interview with the Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores studio for this reason; to get a better idea of their thoughts on the impact of drawing on architectural representation.Their input makes clear the "why" of their decisions, and explains not only how they operate in a contemporary context but also indicates their relationship with construction among other disciplines.

Claude Parent – Visionary Architect

On the occasion of the book release of Claude Parent: Visionary Architect (Rizzoli New York), we are pleased to invite you to discover the exhibition Claude Parent: Visionary Architect held at SCI-Arc’s Kappe Library, celebrating French architect Claude Parent’s work. This exhibition includes a full-scale ramp installation based on the architect’s own oblique apartment interior, and presents a selection of never before seen original drawings and sketches, as well as photographs of iconic projects and publications on Parent's work.

The exhibition opens on October 25, 2019 with a book presentation and conversation between special guests Neil M. Denari, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher,