Architects' Drawings: A Selection of Sketches by World Famous Architects Through History

Architects' Drawings: A Selection of Sketches by World Famous Architects Through History

Kendra Schank Smith

Language: English

Pages: 279

ISBN: 2:00287162

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The sketch is a window into the architects mind. As creative designers, architects are interested in how other architects, particularly successful ones, think through the use of drawings to approach their work. Historically designers have sought inspiration for their own work through an insight into the minds and workings of people they often regard as geniuses. This collection of sketches aims to provide this insight.

Here for the first time, a wide range of world famous architects' sketches from the Renaissance to the present day can be seen in a single volume. The sketches have been selected to represent the concepts or philosophies of the key movements in architecture in order to develop an overall picture of the role of the sketch in the development of architecture.

The book illustrates the work of designers as diverse as Andrea Palladio, Erich Mendelsohn, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Le Corbusier, Michelangelo, Alvar Aalto, Sir John Soane, Francesco Borromini, Walter Gropius, and contemporary architects Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry to name but a few. Each chronologically placed sketch is accompanied by text providing details about the architect's life, a look at the sketch in context, and the connection to specific buildings where appropriate. Style, media and meaning are also discussed, developing an explanation of the architect's thinking and intentions.

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Offices, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico; Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose, California; Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua; San Antonio Library, Texas; and the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City. This concise image (Figure 8.16) is a sketch for the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay Campus Community Center. The building was created to bring the campus community together with a gymnasium, swimming pools, food services, auditorium, and retail space. Built in

of detail over the whole image. Wavy lines, where the solid rectangles meet the glass cylinder, suggest the crenulated connection between the layers and the frame. Sketching too fast to define the stepped connection, the continuous line undulates seemingly independent of the horizon lines. This almost organic con-nection breaks the strong vertical and horizontal elements and reinforces the speed of Roche's thought process. The sketch proved to be such a true and concise expression that the

Porto-Breganze, 39 Palazzo della Ragione, 39 Palazzo Sacchetti, 31 Palazzo della Sapienza, 53 Palazzo dei Senatore, 33 Palazzo Stupinigi, 67 Palazzo Thiene-Bonin, 41 palimpsest, 53 Palladio, Andrea, 16, 21, 25, 39, 43, 55, 75, 83 Palladian, 77 Palmach Museum of History, 233 Pantheon, 25, 63, 81 paper architecture, 141, 145, 161 papyrus, 6 parabolic arches, 121 paradigma, 7 parallel rules, 49 parchment, 8 parti, 3, 71, 72, 93, 99, 101, 185, 199, 215, 239 patina, 175 pattern

Sanzio, 11, 29 Reader's Circle Headquarters, 245 Red Blue Chair, 159 reed pen, 21 Reliance Building, 98 Renaissance, 5, 6, 8–13, 15, 19–48, 51, 59, 70, 77, 143, 157, 209 Renaissance Revival, 97 Renaissance workshop, 21, 22 Renaixenca, 121 Renascenta, 19 rendu, 73, 93 Renfro, Charles, 225 Renzo Piano Workshop, 249 Revett, Nicholas, 70 Rice, Peter, 249 Richards Medical Research Building, 187 Richardson, Henry Hobson, 97, 99, 101, 105 Richardson Romanesque, 101, 105 Rietveld,

numerous houses, including eight for himself, over the course of his life ( Johnson, 1986). A dedicated educator, Moore taught and administrated architectural programs in several universities, including Berkeley, Yale and University of California. Some of his best known projects include; Sea Ranch, California (1960s), Kresge College and Faculty Club, University of California, Santa Cruz (1966–1973), St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in California (1979–1983), and Beverly Hills, Civic Center (1982)

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