We are in the second decade of the 21st century and, as with most things, the distinction between digital and analogue has become tired and inappropriate. This is also true in the world of architectural drawing, which paradoxically is enjoying a renaissance supported by the graphic dexterity of the computer. This new fecundity has produced a contemporary glut of stunning architectural drawings and representations that could rival the most recent outpouring of architectural vision in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Indeed, there is much to learn by comparing the then and the now. The contemporary drawing is often about its ability to describe the change, fluctuations and mutability of architecture in relation to the virtual/real 21st–century continuum of architectural space. Times have changed, and the status of the architectural drawing must change with them. This reassessment is well overdue, and this edition of AD will be the catalyst for such re–examination.
- Features the work of: Pascal Bronner, Bryan Cantley, Peter Cook, Perry Kulper, CJ Lim, Tom Noonan, Dan Slavinsky, Neil Spiller, Peter Wilson, Nancy Wolf, Lebbeus Woods and Mas Yendo.
- Contributors include: Nic Clear, Mark Garcia, Simon Herron and Mark Morris.
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Visual highlights of the issue
Architectural Drawing: Grasping for the Fifth Dimension
20 All Night Long: The Architectural Jazz of the Texas Rangers
28 Emerging Technologies and Drawings: The Futures of Images in Architectural Design
36 Two Sides of the Page: The Antifact and the Artefact
44 New Malacovia
50 AVATAR: Nothing is Impossible
56 A World Below
64 A Two–Speed Landscape: The Reforestation of the Thames Estuary
70 Drawing Time
80 Looking and Drawing
88 Augmented Landscapes and Delicate Machinery
Mark Smout and Laura Allen
94 Plug–In, Clip–On, Tune–Up: A Throwaway Architecture with Optional Extras
102 London Short Stories: Drawing Narratives
108 Dragons Adrift: The New Chinese Landscape
112 The Poetics of the Island of Vessels
120 Bildungsroman Series: Architectural Daring for the 21st Century
124 Could Architectural Drawings Save Us From Philosophical Bankruptcy?
The Art of Drawing