Abstract: The Replacement of Nature

Simply put, abstract exists in thought or as an idea that does not bear a physical or concrete existence. Traditionally relates to art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks...

Modern structures: The Metallic Language of the Pompidou Centre

The Metallic Language of the Pompidou Centre In their modern form, as structural ‘skeleton’ for a building, steel frames achieved great prevalence in twentieth-century architecture, a position they continue to hold today. A quick reading of Pompidou’s...

Collage: The Exploitation of Chance and Deliberation

Collage is the juxtaposition of disparate things and the twentieth-century mode of manifesting paradox ‘par excellence’. — Lebbeus Woods Collage is an art form and a technique in which the work of art is made...

Diagram: Engaging the Complexity of the Real

Simply put, a diagram is a simplified drawing showing the appearance, structure, or workings of something; a schematic representation. A diagram is a drawing that, stripped of all superfluous and distracting data, shows the general...

Folding: The Intuition of Form-making

When speaking of the fold, it is the echoes of Deleuze and Guattari that spring to mind – highly suggestive by some of their book titles. In essence, at its core lays the implication...

Zoomorphic: the animal within architecture

Zoomorphic deals with the animalization of inanimate objects. Animal bone structures lurk in the bridges of Santiago Calatrava and Ian Ritchie, and also in the metaphorical and concept-generating wings, fins, scales and crustacea of...

Classical Orders: The Ancient Architectural Cannon

An order is the principal component of a Classical building, composed of a base, shaft, capital, and entablature. The five Classical orders are the ‘Tuscan’, ‘Doric’, ‘ Ionic’, ‘Corinthian’ and ‘Composite’, which all vary in...

Hatching: The Shade of Lines

Hatching is shading composed of fine lines drawn in close proximity. Hatching is an artistic technique used to create tonal or shading effects by drawing closely spaced parallel lines. This method is especially important in essentially linear...

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