Drawing Parallels expands your understanding of the working process of architects by looking at their work from an alternative perspective. The book focuses on parallel projections such as axonometric, isometric, and oblique drawings. Ray Lucas argues that by retracing the marks made by architects, we can begin to engage more directly with their practice as it is by redrawing the work that hidden aspects are revealed. The practice of drawing offers signi cantly different insights, not easily accessible through discourse analysis, critical theory, or observation.
Using James Stirling, JJP Oud, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, and Cedric Price as case studies, Lucas highlights each architect’s creative practices which he analyses with reference to Bergson’s concepts of tem- porality and creativity, discussing the manner in which creative problems are explored and solved. The book also draws on a range of anthropolog- ical ideas including skilled practice and enchantment in order to explore why axonometric drawings are important to architecture and questions the degree to which the drawing convention in uences the forms pro- duced by architects.
With 60 black-and-white images to illustrate design development, this book would be an essential read for academics and students of architecture with a particular interest in further understanding the inner workings of the architectural creative process.