A comprehensive and well-informed investigation into the significance of architectural drawings and models, featuring an essay by Helen Dorey on Sir John Soane's own engagement with these themes through his practice.
Architectural drawings and models are instruments of imagination, communication, and historical continuity. The role of drawings and models, and their ownership, placement, and authorship in a ubiquitous digital age deserve careful consideration. Expanding on the well-established discussion of the translation from drawings to buildings, this book fills a lacuna in current scholarship, questioning the significance of the lives of drawings and models after construction.
Including emerging, well-known, and world-renowned scholars in the fields of architectural history and theory and curatorial practices, the thirty-five contributions define recent research in four key areas:
- drawing sites/sites of knowledge construction: drawing, office, construction site;
- the afterlife of drawings and models: archiving, collecting, displaying, and exhibiting;
- tools of making: architectural representations and their apparatus over time; and
- the ethical responsibilities of collecting and archiving: authorship, ownership, copyrights, and rights to copy.
The research covers a wide range of geographies and delves into the practices of such architects as Sir John Soane, Superstudio, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wajiro Kon, Germán Samper Gnecco, A+PS, Mies van der Rohe, and Renzo Piano.
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