Drawing Space Seminar 22 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 / Architecture

DRAW and architect Marcus Beale at Chelsea College of Arts –  Drawing Space, an event reflecting on architectural drawing and its role in defining space.  Despite the fact that we ‘design’ = think at the tip of a pencil, architecture is not a visual art. It is not about what buildings look like.  What we see in architecture is the surface, the boundary between air and solid.  We can see the edges of the space, a superficial understanding. Neither can architecture be described sufficiently by its three dimensional form and materials.  It is not only about where buildings are and what they are made of.  This describes the enclosure itself, but does not begin to address what is enclosed.  Architectural drawings have a purpose, to record, to analyse, to set-out, to instruct, to give an impression.  In the Drawing Space seminar Marcus will talk about the role of drawing in past and current architectural practice, from masons’ marks, through Beaux-Arts, upward axonometrics, choreography, cubism and computer modelling, with particular reference to the creation of new spaces and his work at Marcus Beale Architects (MBA).  MBA specialise in doing ‘new things in old places’ and have instigated radical alterations to protected buildings and historic sites, as well as realising striking new developments in sensitive settings.  Marcus’s presentation – Drawing Space – was followed by a discussion chaired by Tania Kovats, Course Director, MA Drawing. 

The Drawing Space seminar was at Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU opposite Tate Britain.

This event organised by DRAW (Drawing Research at Wimbledon), a postgraduate reading group focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. DRAW is led by Tania Kovats, (Course Director, MA Drawing) and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.  A review of the event here.


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