Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

When Lines Became Objects: Architectural Drawings in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Prior to the late twentieth century, architectural drawings were primarily understood as practical tools for building; they were not seen to have value in and of themselves. In the 1970s and 1980s, however, an epochal shift occurred where drawings became understood as object in their own right. This is commonly attributed to the economy – architects were out of work and sought other outlets for their creativity, architectural publications – architects published designs on paper, or the realization that architects ultimately produce drawings for buildings, not the buildings themselves. However, all of these neglect the fundamental driver of this shift: the development of a market for architectural drawings. This presentation will trace the development of this market in which architectural drawings began to be understood as autonomous art objects in their own right. 

Talk by Visiting Fellow Jordan Kauffman

School Seminar Series: 21/6/2017 School Social Space, 1.15 pm

All welcome