Docta Manus #2




Drawing constitutes a very powerful and critical tool of conceptual design. Drawing constructs thought, it acts as a communication interface between the work and the mind and between different disciplines; it is the most powerful language of communication in the working together between architects and engineers.

The UE Docta Manus — Drawing Structures introduces the basic drawing techniques (sketch, plan, section, elevation, axonometry, perspective). Based on these techniques, we will further investigate analytical drawing methods capable of exploring structural concepts and their architectural solutions.

Through hand drawing we will analyse selected projects that embody an exemplary interplay of architecture and engineering, as e.g. the work of Mies van der Rohe, Jean Prouvé, Luigi Nervi, Robert Maillard or Eugène Freyssinet. Our main focus lies on the load bearing structure and its tectonic and spatial articulation as common intersection between architecture and engineering. Through analysis, students will enter into dialogue with construction in a direct way. They will get a sense for the adequacy of tools and refinements of solutions. We will investigate proportion, material innovation and tectonic articulation in relation to the structural idea and become aware of the importance of detail. Analysis will take apart and make transparent the parameters and dependencies of the design process and will open the work into a condition of possibility.

We will draw by hand, as this is the most direct and immediate way of becoming aware of technique in relation to intention (it forces decision-making). Drawing by hand is a cognitive process where the dynamic relation between doing and thinking is essential. That is why ‘the more you draw, the more you see’ and vice versa. The construction of points and lines on a sheet of paper will sensitize students to the notions of scale, size, proportion, transparency and composition. The learning hand will build up tacitknowledge.

Authors : Patricia Guaita / Raffael Baur / David Fernández-Ordoñez / Enrique Corres Sojo / Alberti Luc Matthieu / Aymon Maël, Bannon / Benjamin Rory / Bolliger Maude Caroline / Camenisch Clara Jalscha / Delbende Julien / André Guy / Dufour Noémie Elise / Fehlmann Matthieu Claude Jean / Filali-Ansary Antoine / Yassine André / Fuleihan Rayna Nour / Gaille Lea / Graulich Lancelot Robert Benjamin Antoine / Grimont Albane / Heitmann Caroline Lenehan / Kozel Loïc / Lechien Valentine Brigitte Patrizia / Makarison Deyllan / Maillard Thibaud / Menoud Ludivine / Pellier Gustave Antoine / Rakotoarinivo Andréa / Requena Esteban / Sahlab Ziad Nabil Elsayed Mohamed / Sanglard Justin / Saqalli Ahmed / Schütt Kilian Gaétan / Seffacene Clara Marie Anne / Tomcik Christopher / Wermuth Mehdi / Glutz Axel / Bouhadra Kalil / Leiglon Romain / Yannick Neypatraiky

Docta Manus #2 (PDF)
Raffael Baur, Enrique Corres Sojo, David Fernandez-Ordonez, Patricia Guaita
Master, Fall
Architecture, Construction, Experimentation, Structure
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