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Twelve drawings for the Governor’s Palace at Chandigarh

Twelve drawings for the Governor’s Palace at Chandigarh

By José Oubrerie

Drawing Matter was introduced to José Oubrerie by Stan Allen after publishing his text Just Begin in July 2020. Oubrerie worked for Le Corbusier in his Atelier at 35 Rue de Sèvres from 1957 to 1965. The following text is the second in a series of two transcriptions of informal… Read More

The Palace of the Assembly and Museum at Chandigarh

The Palace of the Assembly and Museum at Chandigarh

By José Oubrerie

Drawing Matter was introduced to José Oubrerie by Stan Allen after publishing his text Just Begin in July 2020. Oubrerie worked for Le Corbusier in his Atelier at 35 Rue de Sèvres from 1957 to 1965. The following text is the first in a series of two transcriptions of informal… Read More

Insignificance: Discipline

Insignificance: Discipline

By Gordon Shrigley

The following text is excerpted from Gordon Shrigley, Insignificance: A short discourse on the physical and ideational economy of line within architectural representation (Solitude Editions, 1998). Now, twenty years after Insignificance was first published, Gordon Shrigley has revisited the publication for a series of postings on Drawing Matter. Each of… Read More

Pan Scroll Zoom 12: Elizabeth Hatz

Pan Scroll Zoom 12: Elizabeth Hatz

This is the twelfth in a series of texts edited by Fabrizio Gallanti on the challenges in the new world of online architectural teaching and, particularly, on the changing role of drawings in presentations and reviews. In this episode, Elizabeth Hatz discusses her personal experience of the pandemic and how her studios… Read More

Seriously Playful

Seriously Playful

By Jack Huang

Back in December 2018, I received an email with a pdf, composed of 8 compositions in 1:200, from fala atelier. These were ‘comprehensive drawings’ that they were experimenting with for their 2G publication. They simply wanted to know which I liked, and what I thought about them. Some differ from… Read More

Ritual and Repitition at San Cataldo Cemetery

Ritual and Repitition at San Cataldo Cemetery

By Marwa El Mubark

In an AA article from 1995, Adam Caruso wrote that ‘buildings are about many things. Their design develops out of a set of complex and changing circumstances and, once built, the ‘meaning’ of a good building can shift and remain relevant as its social and physical situation changes.’ The same… Read More

Architectural Drawing (1983)

Architectural Drawing (1983)

By George Collins

This essay was first published in the catalogue for Drawings by Architects (25 February – 3 April 1983), held at the ICA in London. A period piece, for sure, the text sits at the cusp of changing attitudes to the display and value attributed to architect’s drawings.  In recent years… Read More

Signature

Signature

By André Patrão

It’s just a small loose sheet of paper ripped off a notepad. Along its margins, an elegant round-cornered brown border, once enclosing an anonymous blank space of empty expectancy, now ceremoniously frames a mysteriously attractive, harmonious, yet utterly cryptic mark, struck and left upon its surface: a signature. By whose… Read More

Collection of Sections

Collection of Sections

By Allen Keith Yee

The following drawings and commentaries have been excerpted from Visual Discoveries: A Collection of Sections (Oro Editions, 2020). The publication surveys the use of section drawings in the histories of architecture and other professions, from the 17th century to the present. More information on the book can be found here.… Read More

Dossier 2: Site & Observation

Dossier 2: Site & Observation

While researching architectural languages and proportional systems, the unit was also asked to test and develop methods for observation, recording and description, following three intital terms: People: the people who inhabit the immediate environment – those who live there, and those who come into it temporarily, such as rubbish collectors,… Read More

Portfolio 2: Settlement

Portfolio 2: Settlement

Settlement /ˈsɛt(ə)lm(ə)nt/ a negotiation and agreement a layering of matter coming to rest and stopping Both of these definitions can describe the ways that people engage with the territory around them. Early on in the project, Andrew Clancy remarked how the unit should approach the landscape and site their buildings… Read More

Portfolio 1: Camp

Portfolio 1: Camp

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion… The very simplicity and nakedness of man’s life in the primitive ages imply this advantage, at least, that they left him still but a sojourner in nature. When he was… Read More