ARCT5578 Building Pictures

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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 interrogates 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 has a differing and complementary focus on drawing. In this unit students investigate the 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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.
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Philip Goldswain
Contact hours
seminars: up to 3 hours a week for 12 weeks
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