On Wednesday May 25, 17:00 – 19:00 hrs we’ll be giving a lecture at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam on the topic of the architectural drawing and its role in the construction of architectural knowledge.

Read more about the event: SPEAK ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW; DRAW WHAT YOU CANNOT SPEAK ABOUT JUST YET

Currently, we can witness a renewed interest in the architecture drawing as well as in other modes of spatial representation within creative practices. Not since the alternative architectural drawing styles of the 1960s and early 1970s has the drawing played such a key position in the expressive construction of knowledge. As the practice of the spatial designer (in all its guises) continues to shift, so does the system of communication needed and desired by the practitioner to conceptualize, develop, share and build critical positions.

The use and temporal nature of these current systems are in flux as new media, networks and paradigms continuously pollinate and affect contemporary culture, radically modifying former conventions while unearthing new modalities of research, critique, and dialogue. Does this renewed interest in drawings reassign ‘value’ to the medium and restore the drawing as a credible channel of knowledge? In what ways can the architectural drawing emancipate itself from its historical orthodoxy, to shape and advance spatial discipline(s) today and in turn recalibrate the visual form itself?