Architects Sketches: Dialogue and Design

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Overview

Concepts from architects’ minds evolve through sketches and as a mode of transference are conveyed to the finished building. This book compares qualities of sketches to reveal unique approaches to the instruments of thinking in which all architects engage. It provides new insight into the relationship between architectural sketches and the process of creative manipulation. Sketches comprise a thinking mechanism, and through the qualities of ambiguity, quickness and change, they initiate a dialogue for architects. As a medium to facilitate communication, recording, discovery and evaluation, their pertinence lies in their ability to exhibit both the precise and the imprecise. Exploring four related theoretical approaches, play, memory-imagination-fantasy, caricature and the grotesque, the book shows how imprecision stimulates imagination to conceive new forms in the dialogue of architectural sketches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750682268
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kendra Schank Smith is an associate professor and chair of Architectural Science at Ryerson University.

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Table of Contents

The architectural sketch and likeness; Play, quickness and Festina Lente; Memory, imagination, fantasy; Caricature as a mode of transformation; The grotesque sketch; Observation/compendium

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    Not a coffee-table book

    I got this book because I like architecture and enjoy looking at well designed and visually stimulating buildings. While I did not expect to see many of actual full-blown designs in this book, I did expect to see many more interesting sketches of buildings or at least illustrations that are impressive in their own right. However, this turned out to be a more textual than visual work and the few sketches and illustrations that are presented are probably not that interesting to the architectural outsiders. The book itself is hard to appreciate for anyone who is not heavily invested in architectural criticism. It is largely an academic work, not intended to appeal to broader readership. Even so, the writing style is particularly dry, clichéd and repetitive, and I can't imagine that even the students of architecture would benefit much from reading it. It is written in a style of many "studies" departments that have come to dominate today's academic landscape, and would be more at home in humanities than in a technical field. Overall, there is very little that would commend this book to anyone except some die-hard "criticism" junkies.

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