Housing and the City: Álvaro Siza and James Gowan

Ellis Woodman and Manuel Montenegro


This publication frames an encounter between the work of two men who might be considered an unlikely pair. However, both men were engaged in critical response to the tenets of the Athens Charter that they sought to resolve in their low-cost housing experiments of the 1960s and 70s. The implications of the different social, political and economic contexts in which they enacted this difficult task makes the juxtaposition of their work a fascinating and fruitful process of discovery. Reflecting the spatial disposition of the Housing and the City exhibition held at the Architectural Association in 2017, curated by Ellis Woodman and Manuel Montenegro, this book has two sides – hence its description as a Z-fold publication. The principal side introduces a deliberately loose arrangement of drawings and archival material, the other side presents a more formal description of four housing schemes. – Helen Thomas, Editor

Deanna Petherbridge in Conversation with Sam Jacob

Talking to Drawings, Episode 2 – Disappear Here

Joseph Potter, Design for the remodelling of Plas Newydd: perspective of an interior, 1820, [RIBA] IN SET

Bringing together material from the RIBA and Drawing Matter collections, the exhibition ‘Disappear Here’ (RIBA, 2 May – 7 Oct 2018) explores the history, application and implications of perspective, how it spans truth and illusion, linking the disciplines of art, architecture and mathematics. In this podcast series, curator and designer Sam Jacob discusses with various guests the exhibition’s material and themes. In the second episode Sam is joined by Deanna Petherbridge, artist, curator and author of The Primacy of Drawing (Yale University Press).


What light may Schinkel’s drawings shed on Building Information Modelling (BIM) practice?

Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Construction for Entrence Facade Tilebein, 1806, DM 1856.1 IN SET

In 1806 the young Schinkel was asked to develop a residence design from a set of initial layout plans. He drew a façade section, a peristyle detail and a column capital, before the war began and the commission was discontinued. These development drawings demonstrate Schinkel’s ability, since his early years, to design across different scales with technical understandings. As we will see, in the age of Building Information Modelling (BIM) practice, Schinkel’s design method is highly relevant. – Lok-Kan Chau

Drawing Matter

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