Architects Sketches: Dialogue and Design by Kendra Schank Smith

By Kendra Schank Smith

Options from architects' minds evolve via sketches and as a method of transference are conveyed to the completed development. This publication compares characteristics of sketches to bare special techniques to the tools of pondering during which all architects have interaction. It offers new perception into the connection among architectural sketches and the method of artistic manipulation. Sketches include a considering mechanism, and during the traits of ambiguity, quickness and alter, they start up a discussion for architects. As a medium to facilitate verbal exchange, recording, discovery and overview, their pertinence lies of their skill to express either the correct and the vague. Exploring 4 similar theoretical techniques, play, memory-imagination-fantasy, comic strip and the ugly, the publication indicates how imprecision stimulates mind's eye to conceive new kinds within the discussion of architectural sketches. * superbly provided paintings with a wealth of illustrations * makes use of examples from architects previous and current to teach the evolution of the architectural caricature * Describes using uncomplicated sketches to exhibit complicated summary principles

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Other philosophers who write about play reinforce this concept in their own terms. Johann Huizinga writes about play as being ‘captivating’ and ‘enchanting’ (Huizinga, 1955). Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattori reiterate this thought: ‘the unconscious only becomes another word for play’ (Hans, 1981: 61). If play enchants the player and that player is not consciously thinking of him or herself, then the activity of the play can combine recent experience and blend fields of play together. The connection of experiences into play activity involves memory, imagination, and fantasy all within a framework: [T]he activity of play is neither unconsciousness or self-reflexive, but it nevertheless depends on both in the following manner.

QUICKNESS AND FESTINA LENTE 4 ‘Quickness’ pertains to a concept examined by Italo Calvino in his book Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Calvino, 1988).

The medium (pencil, paper, clay, charcoal or computer) is not important when defining sketches; how they perform for design intention renders their value. Sketches may be three-dimensional in that assembling sticks, planes or volumes also allows an immediate view. Architects may use a soft medium to blur lines and make the drawing expressive yet vague enough to elicit association. Some architects use inexpensive tracing paper, while others choose a more formal medium. Some diagram in the fashion of the parti and others carefully redraw a known building to caricature it in a method of deformation and transformation.

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