Visioning Architecture:    22 July – 2nd August 2013 inclusive, at the

Architectural Association

36 Bedford Sqaure

London  WC1B 3ES

Day 1:  Site (and Studio)
“Draw what you see, know what you see, draw what you know you see.“  Ruskin
We will seed the course on the first day by investigating routes through the rich and diverse area between the AA and the Thames.  Using a broad range of ways to document what we find will be used we will saturate our sense of the area’s history, with its unique materials, functions, spaces, hierarchies and rhythms.  Capturing experience will be everything.

Day 2:  Studio (and site)
Will begin with a studio session to discuss ways of extracting and synthesizing stories from the site area.  We will examine how artists and designers construct architectural narratives in different media while demonstrating concerns for materiality, history, functionality, mood.
This process will begin to tell us what elements of the site are important for communicating our emergent ideas. The second half of this day will be devoted to roughing out a range of our responses to our site journeys.
Emphasis will be given to recording views in a variety of drawing and sketching techniques including; Orthographic projections/isometric/axonometric, 1,2,3 point perspective, observational drawing. We will also have impromptu instruction in understanding and use of tone, light and shade, layering and tracing.

Day 3-5:  Studio: Ideation and Narrative
Based on their engagement with the site area, students will pitch an idea for a narrative that may pertain to the past, present, future or multiple times.
Following on from the presentations, several groups will be formed and identify which idea(s) to build on for several collaborative creations.  We will discuss how the emergent work should be produced, planning what parts must be created as models, drawings, or actually done in situ.
Groups of 3 students will be formed and the creative work will be broken down into achievable parts.

Days 6-8: Synthesis
We now begin to concentrate on realizing representational intention.  Workshops will move us beyond literal–mindedness ; this will be a period of intense production and investigation of the transformational properties of drawing, particularly the opportunities it gives to create across scales, to cross the boundaries between the actual and the visionary.  All studio and site work will be supplemented with skills workshops and on–going group tutorials.

Days 9 –10:  Final Drawings
Our final days will be group and individual re-drawing activities in the studio. Large scale drawings will be created that are a culmination of the previous 8 days work, using digital and analogue compositing techniques to construct our architectures. The final day culminates in a studio review with invited critics.