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Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture

Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture /// Neil Spiller (Guest Editor) In 1924 writer André Breton penned the Surrealist Manifesto, which called to destabilize the divides between dreams and reality, between objectivity and subjectivity. For many architects who...

Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge by Manuel Lima "Circles are truly everywhere. We can witness this elemental shape in faraway planets and stars; in earth formations such as mounds, craters, and small lakes;...

Panopticon: The philosopher’s circle as solution to the question of prison design

The Panopticon, 1787 Jeremy Bentham and Willey Reveley, London, UK "'Morals reformed—health preserved—industry invigorated—instruction diffused—public burthens lightened—Economy seated, as it were, upon a rock—the Gordian knot of the Poor-Laws not cut, but untied—all by a simple...

The Circle

The Circle The Circle is the simplest of the two-dimensional shapes and the easiest to draw on paper or inscribed on the floor. One can imagine the ancients laying out the circles of Stonehenge. They needed...

KRob 2017 | indeed… Drawing is the ‘Motive force of Architecture’

KRob 2017 | indeed... Drawing is the 'Motive force of Architecture' The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob) has celebrated the best in architectural delineation for 43 years. A Dallas classic that has received international recognition, KRob...

Klee’s Spatial Illusion and the Everyday Visual Experience

Klee’s Spatial Illusion and the Everyday Visual Experience In 1921, Paul Klee delivers a lecture in perspective. There he explains to his students that “the point of the entire procedure is simply to be able...

Cartooning the Landscape: A map into Chip Sullivan’s creative mind

https://youtu.be/UxRg3F13ZVw " One of the singular talents in landscape design, Chip Sullivan has shared his expertise through a seemingly unusual medium that, at second glance, makes perfect sense--the comic strip.  For years Sullivan entertained readers of Landscape...

Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the Chinese graphic Modus Operandi

In less known Chinese paintings from the 13th century, a notable degree of convergence between orthogonality and local regions of a scene ameliorate the strong illusion of divergence that is perceived in the strict...

Day at the California Academy of Sciences

Day at the California Academy of Sciences Piano’s audacious design with its native plant–covered living roof, retractable ceiling, three-story rain forest, gigantic planetarium, and living coral reef, is an adventure in biodiversity and green architecture.   I...

SFMoMA between Mario Botta and Snøhetta

SFMoMA between Mario Botta and Snøhetta Fog isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you encounter the rippling white cliff face that now looms behind the museum’s original home… Built in 1995, Botta’s stately...

26 Types of Drawings… or the many ‘faces’ of a line

1 Analytical drawing Analytical drawing relates to the drawing of lines to represent the three-dimension structure and geometry of a form, proceeding generally from the whole to constituent parts. 2 Analytique Analytique is an elevation drawing of...

Absurdism: Jacques Tati Playtime and his Complex Comedy about Modern Life

Absurdism: Jacques Tati Playtime and his Complex Comedy about Modern Life  “your film … Whatever your personality, whatever your job … you are in Playtime.” BY BEA MARTIN   Jacques Tati’s 1967 film Playtime may elicit muted guffaws...

Light, nature and geometry — the genius of Antoni Gaudí

Light, nature and geometry — the genius of Antoni Gaudí The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world located in Barcelona. BY BEA MARTIN   Antoni Gaudí,...

Vicious Circle: 21 ways to divide a circle into twelve equal parts

Vicious Circle: 21 ways to divide a circle into twelve equal parts A circle can be geometrically divided into twelve equal parts in more than 600 ways. BY BEA MARTIN   With respect to this one number of...

The Syntax of Visual Language

The Syntax of Visual Language "Graphic representation constitutes one of the basic sign-systems conceived by the human mind for the purposes of storing, understanding, and communicating essential information. As a ‘language’ for the eye, graphics...