Category: Drawing Matter archive: research & collecting

Cedric Price: Westal Market Stall Prototypes

Cedric Price: Westal Market Stall Prototypes

By Editors

The way I remember it, a couple of years after the transfer of the ownership of the major part of the paper archive (over which I had been involved, as a kind of mediator), Cedric asked me to help with dismantling the Store Street studio, where he was giving up the lease.… Read More

Zahalternative Histories: O’Donnell + Tuomey on Zaha Hadid

Zahalternative Histories: O’Donnell + Tuomey on Zaha Hadid

By John Tuomey

From a sheet of sketches by Zaha Hadid to rock formations at Ines Meáin and St Brigid’s Well, in this short film John Tuomey explains the thinking behind O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Alternative Histories model. This commentary is the first in a series organised by the Irish Architectural Archive. The series,… Read More

Christmas Reading List 2020

Christmas Reading List 2020

By Editors

At the end of this strange and complicated year, the Drawing Matter editors have invited the winners of our Writing Prize to help us reflect on the new writing published on drawingmatter.org since January 2020. We gave them the challenge of choosing just twelve of the 150 texts that we’ve published… Read More

Startha Éagsula: Paul Dillon Architects on Florian Beigel and Philip Christou

Startha Éagsula: Paul Dillon Architects on Florian Beigel and Philip Christou

By Paul Dillon

This drawing is a development sketch for their proposed part in the rebuilding of the last remaining shanty town outside of Seoul, South Korea. It remains unbuilt. The model is instructional, suggestive of a final building, uses found, recycled materials. The use is not specified. The process of building is… Read More

Startha Éagsula: David Leech Architects on Barthélemy Enfantin

Startha Éagsula: David Leech Architects on Barthélemy Enfantin

By David Leech

The colourful ink and pencil drawing of Barthélemy Enfantin seeks to establish a set of rules for a new open metropolis. Without site, set out in all axes, and with the edges of the drawing alluding to a non-determined repetition, it was possibly drawn for continuous reuse and translation. Like… Read More

Echo: SuperStudio & Hans Hollein

Echo: SuperStudio & Hans Hollein

By Matt Page

Startha Éagsula: Grafton Architects on Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Startha Éagsula: Grafton Architects on Paulo Mendes da Rocha

By Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

This text has been excerpted from Startha Éagsula / Alternative Histories (2020), a companion catalogue to Alternative Histories (2019) and published to accompany the third installation of Alternative Histories at the Irish Architectural Archive. Startha Éagsula / Alternative Histories is now available to purchase from Drawing Matter’s bookshop, here. We… Read More

Soane’s Designs for Combe House, Continued

Soane’s Designs for Combe House, Continued

By Pierre du Prey

When Drawing Matter recently reproduced a preliminary ground plan for Combe House near Gittisham, Devon, by John Soane, I had a moment’s sudden recollection. Ptolemy Dean’s penetrating analysis of this precious if battered sheet of paper – entirely in the astonishingly fluid and energetic hand of the architect – set me to search… Read More

Ove Arup: Engineering the World

Ove Arup: Engineering the World

By Hugh Pearman

My introduction to the work of Ove Arup, the great Anglo-Danish structural engineer whose firm made both the Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre in Paris buildable, came over the course of three years as I walked, almost every day, across his Kingsgate foot-bridge in Durham. This is the… Read More

In the Archive

In the Archive

By Edouard Cabay, Richard Hall and Emma Rutherford

In the Archive recreates the experience of a visit to the Drawing Matter collection at Shatwell Farm in Somerset, UK. Each episode begins by inviting a visitor (or visitors) to select a small number of drawings from the collection and to write a reflective text – at times written on… Read More

Origins in Translation

Origins in Translation

By Mari Lending

Broken bits of ancient architecture piled up in the foreground of a printed page is a topos in the canon of architectural publications. An early example takes place in the frontispiece of Sebastiano Serlio’s book on antiquities. Produced for the first edition of the third book, written in Italian and published in… Read More

Marie-José Van Hee: Drawn Closer

Marie-José Van Hee: Drawn Closer

By Marie-José Van Hee

Towards the end of my architectural studies in the late 1960s I moved into a little house near the Prinsenhof neighbourhood of Ghent. My neighbours were Ghent people, and my landlord owned the whole block. Every month he would collect rent, and although he didn’t talk to most people, he… Read More