This seminar employs computational software to reexamine architectural drawing as traditionally understood: line-based representation that establishes spatial depth and tactility. The course begins by examining architectural drawing over the past forty years, particularly in relation to digital abstraction that stressed pattern rather than representation: coherent systems without physicality or character. Referencing the discourse of modern painting and sculpture, students are asked to formulate a thesis that responds to historical shifts they find between abstraction and physicality; between the flat graphic and the illusion of depth; and between distinct drawing types, such as perspectival and orthographic. After establishing a conceptual foundation, the seminar focuses on exploiting the full potential of algorithmic software and the production of large architectural drawings. Limited enrollment.

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1230b
Spring 2017
Patternism: Computation and Architectural Drawing
Brennan Buck
1230b
Spring 2015
Patternism: Computation and Contemporary Continuity
Brennan Buck