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About
“Drawing through Words
Reading through Images”

Alternative Visualizations
of Architectural Spaces

The research discusses the topic of representation and transmission of architecture. Among the variety of possible means of communication used in the architectural field, the research concentrates itself on the use of drawing and the book throughout architecture history.
Drawing plays a central role in architecture, which is ultimately an allographic art. The architects need to share their projects with people involved in the process of realization to determine the complete realization. Thus the drawings work as a “notation system”: a technical tool.
On the other hand, what the current research aims to point out is the idea of an experimental architectural aesthetic that privileges the drawing as an expressive tool and not merely a technical one. In fact, the technical “notation system”, often excludes the participation of a larger audience. A gap of communication, is often due to the fact that an “emotional layer” is stereotypically over-simplified, or not authentic enough to speak to the people and for the people.
The tool of experimental typography has been applied for the expression of this new layer of content. A set of experiments has been initiated by using verbal language to translate technical drawings.
The research is not intended to be commercial driven. It is meant to provide an alternative way to look at tridimensional spaces: beyond the concept of fidelity of reproduction. In the course of the experiments, the drawing definition in itself is questioned and “hybridized”.

The part presented here (Part II) is the theory paper and the process book. The latter contains some of the experiments the research came across before the final phase.
A selection of spreads from both publications has been documented here.

MA Thesis Visual Communication and Iconic Research at The Basel School of Design

Typefaces
Univers LT Std
Garamond 3 LT Std

Tutors
Paloma Lopez
Jiri Oplatek
Nicolaj van der Meulen

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