We are in the second decade of the 21st century and, as with most things, the distinction between digital and analogue has become tired and inappropriate. This is also true in the world of architectural drawing, which paradoxically is enjoying a renaissance supported by the graphic dexterity of the computer. This new fecundity has produced a contemporary glut of stunning architectural drawings and representations that could rival the most recent outpouring of architectural vision in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Indeed, there is much to learn by comparing the then and the now. The contemporary drawing is often about its ability to describe the change, fluctuations and mutability of architecture in relation to the virtual/real 21st-century continuum of architectural space. Times have changed, and the status of the architectural drawing must change with them. This reassessment is well overdue, and this edition of AD will be the catalyst for such re-examination.
- Features the work of: Pascal Bronner, Bryan Cantley, Peter Cook, Perry Kulper, CJ Lim, Tom Noonan, Dan Slavinsky, Neil Spiller, Peter Wilson, Nancy Wolf, Lebbeus Woods and Mas Yendo.
- Contributors include: Nic Clear, Mark Garcia, Simon Herron and Mark Morris.
About the Author
Neil Spiller is Dean at the School of Architecture, Design and Construction at the University of Greenwich and Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory. He was previously Vice Dean and the Graduate Director of Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. A practicing architect, he is founding Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR). He is the author of many publications including Visionary Architecture (2006) and Digital Architecture NOW (2008) for Thames & Hudson. He has guest-edited 5 issues of AD since the seminal Architects in Cyberspace in 1995. He is also an AD board member.
Table of Contents
5 EDITORIALHelen Castle
6 ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITORNeil Spiller
Visual highlights of the issue
Architectural Drawing: Grasping for the Fifth DimensionNeil Spiller
20 All Night Long: The Architectural Jazz of the Texas RangersMark Morris
28 Emerging Technologies and Drawings: The Futures of Images in Architectural DesignMark Garcia
36 Two Sides of the Page: The Antifact and the ArtefactBryan Cantley
44 New MalacoviaPascal Bronner
50 AVATAR: Nothing is ImpossibleNeil Spiller
56 A World BelowPerry Kulper
64 A Two-Speed Landscape: The Reforestation of the Thames EstuaryTom Noonan
70 Drawing TimeNic Clear
80 Looking and DrawingPeter Cook
88 Augmented Landscapes and Delicate MachineryMark Smout and Laura Allen
94 Plug-In, Clip-On, Tune-Up: A Throwaway Architecture with Optional ExtrasSimon Herron
102 London Short Stories: Drawing NarrativesCJ Lim
108 Dragons Adrift: The New Chinese LandscapeNancy Wolf
112 The Poetics of the Island of VesselsNeil Spiller
120 Bildungsroman Series: Architectural Daring for the 21st CenturyDan Slavinsky
124 Could Architectural Drawings Save Us From Philosophical Bankruptcy?Mas Yendo
The Art of DrawingMario Carpo