This seminar is built on the premise that drawing permeates all scales, materials, and spheres of the lived environment. It seeks to explode a modern, and fundamentally Eurocentric, notion of draftsmanship as a practice both conceptually and chronologically prior to architectural construction: a practice by which designs first take form in ink, graphite, and pixels on the bounded surfaces or interfaces of paper sheets and computer screens and are subsequently executed on the building site. By contrast, the seminar asks: what if buildings and landscapes are themselves the substrates of line-making? How do histories of design change if architectural drawing is inseparable from the stuff of architecture itself? Topics may include incisions such as sgraffito made on walls and floors, both as ornament and preparatory designs; geoglyphs, plowed fields, pathways, and other large-scale linear inscriptions on the landscape; shadows as ephemeral drawings, whether cast by sundials or by human figures (as in Pliny’s myth of the origins of painting); legendary church floor plans that descend from heaven onto the ground; the delineation of spaces with rope and string; weaving, sewing, and embroidery. Although it devotes special consideration to ancient, medieval, and early modern material, this seminar is methodologically capacious, encouraging research projects with diverse chronological and geographical foci. Also HSAR 571.

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Spring 2022
Architectural Drawing in the Expanded Field
Morgan Ng