Medium: drawing

Álvaro Siza: The Adoration of the magi

Álvaro Siza: The Adoration of the magi

By António Choupina

Our story opens at the close of the Christmas season. It quite literally starts with an Epiphany, both chronologically and figuratively, a glimpse of Three Kings prompted by Niall Hobhouse’s holiday greetings. His somewhat precarious nativity scene, charmingly set upon Álvaro Siza’s yellow columns, reminded me of Sandro Botticelli’s Adoration… Read More

Protected: Montage-Entourage; Or The Politics Of The Seam

Protected: Montage-Entourage; Or The Politics Of The Seam

By Michael Young

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Protected: Postmodern Australia: Robert Pearce’s Drawings for Edmond and Corrigan

Protected: Postmodern Australia: Robert Pearce’s Drawings for Edmond and Corrigan

By Yvette Putra

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In the Archive: New and Found 2

In the Archive: New and Found 2

By Editors

Click on drawings to move, enlarge, and identify. The New and Found series is an informal miscellany, which allows us to show some recent acquisitions together with material in the archive or the libraries at Shatwell that you may not have seen before. New Julia Bloomfield recalls a dinner with… Read More

Infinite Patterns in I. M. Pei’s Furniture Diagrams

Infinite Patterns in I. M. Pei’s Furniture Diagrams

By Daniel Luis Martinez

In 1969, the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, designed by I. M. Pei & Partners, was completed in the small town of Columbus, Indiana. According to project architect Ken Carruthers, who was obsessed with the golden ratio, the building rigorously employs ancient proportional systems. Fully opaque on its east and west… Read More

Sir John Soane’s Involvement in House Flipping

Sir John Soane’s Involvement in House Flipping

By Frances Sands

Any architectural scheme with a lone surviving drawing is likely to be confounding. The lack of graphic context can easily lead to misunderstanding, as was the case for Sir John Soane’s work on 28 Bruton Street. It is my privilege to care for Soane’s drawings collection, and I felt quite… Read More

Between the Layers: Transparent Paper as a Modernist Architectural Design Environment

Between the Layers: Transparent Paper as a Modernist Architectural Design Environment

By Fabio Colonnese

The following is an excerpt from Fabio Colonnese’s essay, ‘Between the Layers: Transparent Paper as a Modernist Architectural Design Environment’, published in Digital Modernism Heritage Lexicon (Springer Tracts, 2021). The editors have prefaced this with a short summary of the full essay. The essay describes transparent paper and its operative… Read More

The Rural Homes of Marcelo Ferraz and Francisco Fanucci

The Rural Homes of Marcelo Ferraz and Francisco Fanucci

By Abilio Guerra

Where our sertão remainsEvery happy little houseStill neighbors a streamAnd still harbors its arbors Where our sertão remainsEvery happy little homeCooks on the coal cookerThe wood stove’s still blown[…] Where sertão remainsEvery little house is gladfor on the evenings we get our Hail-MaryAnd the pleasure of being alone ‘Casinha feliz’,… Read More

Stories from Architecture: Behind the Lines at Drawing Matter

Stories from Architecture: Behind the Lines at Drawing Matter

By Adrian Forty, Niall Hobhouse and Philippa Lewis

This film was recorded in the Drawing Matter archive on the afternoon of Friday 28 November. It records a conversation between Philippa Lewis, Adrian Forty and Niall Hobhouse, about some of the drawings behind Philippa’s new book, Stories from Architecture: Behind the Lines at Drawing Matter (2021). The film was… Read More

The Temple of Flora, Stourhead: a paradise revisited

The Temple of Flora, Stourhead: a paradise revisited

By Dudley Dodd

In 1744 Henry Hoare employed Henry Flitcroft to design a temple for his magnificent Palladian gardens at Stourhead: The Temple of Flora, which was built by William Privett in 1744–5. Excerpted below is an account of the temple’s history taken from Dudley Dodd’s book, Stourhead: Henry Hoare’s Paradise Revisited (2021). Purchase… Read More

In Defence of Metaphor

In Defence of Metaphor

By Deanna Petherbridge

This text concludes Deanna Petherbridge’s series Drawing as Metaphor. The complete series will appear as a printed publication in the new year, designed by Studio Christopher Victor; the drawings will be on show at the Art Space Gallery (84 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JS) in an exhibition titled Deanna Petherbridge: Drawing… Read More

Movements of the Drawing Hand

Movements of the Drawing Hand

By Paul Clarke

How can you study the movements of the drawing hand? Although completed drawings can be interpreted, much the same way graphologists analyse the sequencing and flow of handwriting, can we see an architecture in the movements of the drawing hand? Can we be inside a drawing, and witness, as paper… Read More