Drawing Parallels: Knowledge Production in Axonometric, Isometric and Oblique Drawings

December 4, 2020
Drawing Parallels: Knowledge Production in Axonometric, Isometric and Oblique Drawings

Drawing Parallels expands your understanding of theworkings of architects by looking at their work from an alternativeperspective. The book focuses on parallel projections such asaxonometric, isometric, and oblique drawings.Ray Lucas argues that by retracing the marks made by architects,we can begin to engage more directly with their practice as it isonly by redrawing the work that hidden aspects are revealed. Thepractice of drawing offers significantly different insights, noteasily accessible through discourse analysis, critical theory, orobservation.Using James Stirling, JJP Oud, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, andCedric Price as case studies, Lucas highlights each architect'screative practices which he anaylses with reference to Bergson'sconcepts of temporality and cretivity, discussing ther manner inwhich creative problems are explored and solved.The book also draws on a range of anthropological ideasincluding skilled practice and enchantment in order to explore whyaxonometrics are important to architecture and questions the degreeto which the drawing convention influences the forms produced byarchitects. With 60 black-and-white images to illustrate designdevelopment, this book would be an essential read for academics andstudents of architecture with a particular interest in furtherunderstanding the inner workings of the architectural creativeprocess.