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Experiments in Drawing Theory

Updated: Nov 13


Showcasing the results of the MSc2 Elective offered by BORDERS&TERRITORIES


November, Corridor


Course Dates: February-April 2020

Curation: Nasim Razavian, Stefano Milani, Sonja Drašković, Daniel Sobieraj and Marc Schoonderbeek.



The BORDERS & TERRITORIES course ‘Experiments in Drawing Theory’ investigated the speculative power of drawing in developing an architectural design position by analyzing three seminal case studies, namely Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Carceri d’Invenzione series (1745/50 – 1761), Bernard Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts (1976-1981) and John Hejduk’s Lancaster/Hanover Masque (1979-1983). In this course, drawing is not only considered to be a technique or instrument for architectural design but also as an autonomous form of architectural knowledge as well as a concept of critical architectural reflection and innovative thinking. The relationship between drawing and theory belongs to a long and well-established tradition, according to which drawing is seen as a significant instrument of representation, namely in its double function of constituting architectural knowledge and as an act of creative construction, capable of modifying the real and refocusing it within the dimension of theoretical and practical construction, often with a pronounced ideological content.



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