Plan: Stan Allen, Helen Mallinson, Niall Hobhouse

arq & Drawing Matter

Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, attr. Illustrations to Vitruvius Book III, Chapter 2, 1530–45, DM  2939R

To launch the collaboration with Drawing Matter, and in continued celebration of arq’s recent twenty-first anniversary, the first issue of Volume 22 opens with a collection of twenty-one pairs of plan drawings. Stan Allen, Niall Hobhouse, and Helen Mallinson chose the images in an intense one-day session. As Allen reflects: ‘The architectural plan is a paradoxical sort of object, an instrument that should be rendered obsolete by the act of construction [which] nonetheless remains the most intensive and compact description of an architectural idea.’ – The Editors, arq

Nicholas Olsberg

A Fragment of Wright's Great City

Frank Lloyd Wright, Midway Gardens Chicago study sketch elevations detail 2, c 1913, DM 1289 IN SET

Wagner’s Grossstadt (his grand vision of how the artistry of the architect might give coherent aesthetic shape to the life of the modern city) and Wright’s Wasmuth portfolio appeared in the same year. Not only did the Wagnerschule learn from Wright’s portfolio (and from Berlage’s subsequent lectures on his work, published in German in 1912), but Wright’s work in the first years after his return to Chicago was clearly inspired by the great-city thinking of Wagner’s magnum opus. He came back to America alarmed by the chaotic development of its burgeoning cities and towns, full of the lessons he had learned in Vienna and Florence of the integration of sculpture, decoration and architectonic form, and determined, like Wagner, to discover a new universal language of space, shape and representation by employing the possibilities of new materials and structure. The result was a set of extraordinary propositions for the constituent elements of a vivid and harmonious metropolitan landscape. – Nicholas Olsberg

Foster + Partners

Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus, Ohio: BIM drawing, 2015. 

Foster + Partners, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, 2015 IN SET

The drawing is a snapshot of the building services located on the roof level, and how they interconnect with the rest of the building. The myriad colours detailing the concurrent processes that go into making a building work also form a captivating pattern when overlaid onto a cutaway drawing – revealing at a glance the complex inner workings that are otherwise hidden behind the building’s finished surfaces. – Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners 

Drawing Matter

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