February 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Extract from Lebbeus Woods’ blog:

“Even though I am best known for my drawings, and have spent many years as a teacher of architects, I have never taught drawing. The reason is that each person who wants to draw should devise his or her own way. It makes no sense to teach a method or style of drawing, because drawing is a way of thinking, and it would be wrong to didactically teach a method or style of thinking. Each person must learn from the drawers—and the thinkers—who appeal most to them, and then devise their own ways. Originality—in drawing and thinking—is important, for the same reasons that individuality in all matters of existence is important: it confirms the wonder, and the terror, of the human condition.”

read more here :

D. Libeskind, Micromegas, 1981. One of the greatest architectural drawings in line.


“Drawing: The motive force of Architecture” by Peter Cook

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week we’ll present some architectural drawings. An inspiring book to look at ‘Drawing : the motive force of Architecture’ by Peter Cook. With essays on drawing and motive, strategy, vision, image, composition, expression and atmosphere, technics, surface, beyond drawing and reality. Packed full with drawings of all sorts.

RIBA president’s medals

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I hope some of you managed to see the exhibition of the president’s medals at the RIBA. I have just realised that today was the last day. For those who missed it, the winning projects can be seen here:
examples of models:
Silverton Ship breaking yard:

Omani institute of botanical medecine:

and a lot more. Previous years also archived there:

el croquis journals

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Models, some examples

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here I would like to show how models can test out different aspects of the project.
By showing side by side the Endless house by Frederick Kiesler and the Moebius house by Un Studio,  I hope tho make this clear. Both houses stem essentially from the same idea of a fluid continuous circulation throughout the different spaces and activities of the house. But the models shown here are very different in their intentions. The earlier, by Kiesler, Austrian-American Artist-Theoretician-Architect who lived in New York, was an exploration of a fluid succession of spaces. His endless house project was developed around 1947-1961 before the computer generated 3d era.
The latter project, by UN studio was developped some 50 years later and the model shown here does not show the succession of spaces, which was instead illustrated by the Moebius strip as well as a drawing. The model instead shows an almost unified volume using wires, and points at the different articulations of the spaces (staircases…).

more info on Kiesler here :

model for the Moebius House by UN studio

images of the Moebius house from Wikipedia


January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Exploring unknown and disused spaces in new york.

design museum

January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Worth a visit!