Drawing Futures: Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture

Drawing Futures: Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture

Drawing Futures brings together international designers and artists for speculations in contemporary drawing for art and architecture.



Despite numerous developments in the technological manufacture and computational design that provide new grounds for designers, the act of drawing still plays a central role as a vehicle for speculation. There is a rich and long history of drawing tied to innovations in technology as well as to revolutions in our philosophical understanding of the world. In a reflection of a society now underpinned by computational networks and interfaces allowing hitherto unprecedented views of the world, the changing status of the drawing and its representation as a political act demands a platform for reflection and innovation. Drawing Futures will present a compendium of projects, writings, and interviews that critically reassess the act of drawing and where its future may lie.

Drawing Futures focuses on the discussion of how the field of drawing may expand synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. The book coincides with an international conference of the same name, taking place at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in November 2016. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the book discusses how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas.

About the Editors:

Editors | Laura Allen is Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes at The Bartlett School of Architecture, and a partner at Smout Allen architectural research practice.  Luke Caspar Pearson is a teacher at The Bartlett School of Architecture, a partner in research practice You+Pea and a designer based in London.

Executive Editors | Frédéric Migayrou is Chair, Bartlett Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris. Bob Sheil is an architect, Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor of Architecture and Design through Production, and the School’s Director of Technology.


Drawing Futures: Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture /// Edited by Laura Allen, Bob Sheil, Frédéric Migayrou and Luke Pearson /// published by UCL Press and Riverside Architectural Press, 2016

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Format: 240x245mm | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-911307-27-3 | Price: £30.00 | Pages: 288pp | November 2016



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