Representation in Transition: Conveying Intangible Qualities in Digital Architectural Drawing

Putra, Yvette ORCID: 0000-0001-8219-1872 (2018) Representation in Transition: Conveying Intangible Qualities in Digital Architectural Drawing. In: Art & Design in Transition, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools conference,, 27th-28th September 2018, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, North Metropolitan TAFE, & University Art Museums Australia, Perth , Australia.

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This paper is the result of two observations: first, the current widespread digitisation of architectural drawing, and, second, the capacity of architectural drawing to convey intangible as much as tangible qualities. Digitisation in architecture began in the mid-twentieth century, following the commercial availability of the plotter. Regarding digitisation in architecture, Robert Bruegmann wrote: “[n]o technological innovation has given rise to greater expectation within the architectural profession”, while James S Ackerman considered that “[as] a technological innovation in the field, its importance equals that of the introduction of paper.” Although the early uptake of digitisation in architecture was limited, it is now, in the early decades of the twenty-first century, ubiquitous. But a critical aspect of architectural drawing is its capacity to convey both tangible and intangible qualities, as Marco Frascari wrote: “architectural drawing is…wholly based on a sapience of material manifestations within which tangible lines become carries of fluid and invisible links that guide intangible thoughts.” Thus, this paper asks: what challenges and opportunities exist for digital architectural drawing to convey intangible qualities, such as narrative and painterliness? This paper begins with the history of digitisation in architectural drawing, and theories of the intangible qualities of architectural drawings. This paper then explores recent criticism of digital architectural drawing in conveying such qualities, and proposes some possibilities which digital architectural drawings may actually provide over hand-drawings. This paper concludes with recommendations for negotiating architectural drawing in the digital age, to preserve the more powerful communicative and representative aspects of architectural drawing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architectural drawings; Digital drawings; Hand drawings
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Yvette Putra
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 10:16
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:22

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