Architectural Analysis Indirect Drawing

By Carl Lostritto | May 03, 2015

After the first project, the X-Ray drawing, the Architectural Analysis course shifts gears. Each student maintains a focus on one building, which will remain true for the entire semester, but our medium is now the space of the digital model. We’ve found that working with software is a craft that involves the hand and the eye to the same extent as drawing with graphite on paper. The difference now is that the act of drawing is indirect. Processes, actions, rules and operations occur between the digital model and the materialization of lines. This is an opportunity for critical inquiry into the nature of the “unit,” and the “part” in each building. Furthermore, principles for indexing, sorting, and separating of those parts in space may constitute orders that may promote further analysis.

Zoe Ritts drawing the Rolex Learning Center

Zoe Ritts drawing the Rolex Learning Center

Zhurong Qian drawing Bagsvaerd Church

Zhurong Qian drawing Bagsvaerd Church

Xichen Que drawing Kurashiki City Hall

Xichen Que drawing Kurashiki City Hall

Wan-Yu Chien drawing the Swiss Pavilion

Wan-Yu Chien drawing the Swiss Pavilion

Tiantian Lou drawing Museo di Castelvecchio

Tiantian Lou drawing Museo di Castelvecchio

Song Du drawing the Larkin Building

Song Du drawing the Larkin Building

Rachel Back drawing the Swiss Pavilion

Rachel Back drawing the Swiss Pavilion

Po-Ming Chou drawing Museo di Castelvecchio

Po-Ming Chou drawing Museo di Castelvecchio

Layna Chen drawing St. John's Abbey

Layna Chen drawing St. John’s Abbey

Lavender Cai drawing the Seagram Building

Lavender Cai drawing the Seagram Building

Haanbee Choi drawing the Bordeaux House

Haanbee Choi drawing the Bordeaux House

Feiyi Bie drawing the Kurashiki City Hall

Feiyi Bie drawing the Kurashiki City Hall

Daniel Stone drawing the Larkin Building

Daniel Stone drawing the Larkin Building

Carl Jentz Zirbel drawing the deYoung Museum

Carl Jentz Zirbel drawing the deYoung Museum

The completion of this second project coincides with an exhibit in the BEB Gallery, “Analysis Architecture,” which features work from students in this course. The exhibit is curated jointly by Analysis faculty Marie Adams, Ian Baldwin, Aaron Forrest, and Jack Ryan. The introductory text for the exhibit follows.

Drawing is a space for resolution of form. Drawing is a space for communication of information. Drawing is a space for inquiry into orders. Drawing is a space for generation of knowledge. We recognize the currency of the drawing is the line. We’re enthralled by the capacity of the residual graphite trail on paper to simultaneously cleave, enclose and form as it links our eye to the world. We find equal value in the constructed digital line with its almost enigmatic demand to be modeled–if only through the definition of two points–before it can be drawn. Regardless of medium, drawing is the space of architecture. The work exhibited here is a sampling of work in progress from Architectural Analysis, a core course in the RISD Architecture curriculum. Each student is assigned a significant work of built architecture. The prompt is straightforward enough: draw the building so that all parts and all spaces are legible. Then model the building and draw it again. Then model, again. At this moment in the semester, the work has reached a representational limit. Already the hand, eye, and mind of each student author is convolved with the facts of each building.But from this moment onward, the operations will be actively transformative. Early decisions regarding visual language and geometric topology influence these operations such that even as the work enters deeper into the territory of fiction, its basis is in a deeply researched truth.
–Carl Lostritto, Core Drawing Sequence Coordinator 2014-2015

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