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Term Winter 2017
Class ARCH 409
Class Title drawn in: explorations in architectural projection
Description Architectural drawing is as old as the discipline itself. By many accounts it was the formal development of architectural drawings that founded architecture as a discipline distinct from the building trades and art practice. Throughout its history, architectural drawing has relied heavily on methods of graphical projection, the codified protocols by which images of three-dimensional objects are �projected� onto two-dimensional planar surfaces via straight line translations. Regardless of medium (digital or hand) or media, projection drawing continues to underpin much of architectural ideation, speculation, invention, and production.

This course considers the historical and theoretical development of various methods of projection through the act of constructing architectural drawings. Students will explore methods of oblique projection, conical projection, perspectival projection, and allied methods of descriptive geometry and sciagraphy. The techniques employed will be rigorously studied and comparatively debated for their means of achieving conceptual positions through graphic and compositonal constrcution.

Weekly class sessions will use drawing exercises as well as lectures and readings to understand and test the methods of seminal practitioners and theorists. (Brunelleschi, Alberti, della Francesca, Desargues, Taylor, Monge etc.) The second half of the semester is devoted to longer-term, drawn experimentation using the methods acquired in the first half. The course involves freehand line drawing, hand drafting, computer drawing (autoCAD and Illustrator) and computer modeling (Rhino).
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist Arch 509
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Tuesday 9:00am-12:00pm 1227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Anca Trandafirescu
Syllabus not available