UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT5588 Building Pictures

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face2018
Content If, as Robin Evans asserted, ‘drawing is the principal locus of conjecture in architecture' then how might emerging digital techniques and systems of architectural production challenge existing forms of architectural representation? In an age of photorealistic rendering and virtual reality how might we interpret the complex history of architectural representation to inform and propose novel forms of architectural imaginary and new sites of architectural speculation?

This unit offers the opportunity for in-depth explorations of the specialised material that constitutes the very particular history of architectural production. Through seminar based, student-lead presentations and discussion the unit will interrogate the context, histories and theories that surround canonical drawings, models and treatises from medieval notebooks to the datascaping and diagramming of the late twentieth century. How might an understanding of these histories be synthesised into new ways of thinking about drawing into the future?

This unit is one of a number of options in the Masters of Architecture that have differing and complementary focus on drawing. In Building Pictures students will investigate the unit's subject matter via two means – the construction of analytical and critical drawings about existing architectural drawings as well as the written exploration of these drawings.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding that the context, history and theories of different modes of architectural representation, and the manner in which these drawings constitute a specialised body of knowledge; (2) analyse and critically compare different and specific modes of architectural representation via drawings and the written word; and (3) gain expertise in understanding how architectural ideas are transmitted through models, drawings and treatises to architectural production.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) Seminar presentation and discussion and (2) Illustrated research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Mr Philip Goldswain
Contact hours seminars, up to 3 hours a week for 12 weeks

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