Drawing for Architecture

Drawings, doodles, and ideograms argue with ferocity and wit for traditional urbanism and architecture.Architect L on Krier s doodles, drawings, and ideograms make arguments in images, without the circumlocutions of prose Drawn with wit and grace, these clever sketches do not try to please or flatter the architectural establishment Rather, they make an impassioned argumeDrawings, doodles, and ideograms argue with ferocity and wit for traditional urbanism and architecture.Architect L on Krier s doodles, drawings, and ideograms make arguments in images, without the circumlocutions of prose Drawn with wit and grace, these clever sketches do not try to please or flatter the architectural establishment Rather, they make an impassioned argument against what Krier sees as the unquestioned doctrines and unacknowledged absurdities of contemporary architecture Thus he shows us a building bearing a suspicious resemblance to Norman Foster s famous London gherkin as an example of priapus hubris threatened by detumescence and priapus nemesis he charts Random Uniformity fake simplicity and Uniform Randomness fake complexity he draws bloated bulimic and disproportionately scrawny anorexic columns flanking a graceful classical one and he compares private virtue modernist architects homes and offices to public vice modernist architects creations Krier wants these witty images to be tools for re founding traditional urbanism and architecture He argues for mixed use cities, of architectural speech rather than architectural stutter, and pointedly plots the man vehicle landneed ratio of sub urban man versus that of a city dweller In an age of energy crisis, he writes and his drawings show , we build in the wrong places, in the wrong patterns, materials, densities, and heights, and for the wrong number of dwellers a return to traditional architectures and building and settlement techniques can be the means of ecological reconstruction Each of Krier s provocative and entertaining images is worth than a thousand words of theoretical abstraction.
Drawing for Architecture Drawings doodles and ideograms argue with ferocity and wit for traditional urbanism and architecture Architect L on Krier s doodles drawings and ideograms make arguments in images without the cir

  • Title: Drawing for Architecture
  • Author: Leon Krier James Howard Kunstler
  • ISBN: 9780262512930
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Drawing for Architecture”

    1. I got this book, thinking it was a manual for landscape drawing, and got a comic about urban planning and architecture instead. What a huge surprise, albeit not a bad one. I love comics of this style and still learned a bit. Someone in the field would definitely enjoy it more, though.

    2. Scrappy polemic sketching condenses hours of theorists' molasses-thick language into simple easy to grasp visual juxtapositions.Krier adroitly walks the fine line between condensing the complex while retaining meaning and con-fusing ideas through oversimplification. While more than a few of his arguments go back to the heady days of Venturi and Rossi, Mo Vs PoMo, and early Gehry, remember it's the way he thinks through and portrays theoretical ideas as simple drawings that is important, rather t [...]

    3. Clever, witty, crisp and brilliant. Several theoretical ideas of that time congealed into one book with beautiful illustrations.

    4. Entertaining visual sketches illustrating an argument against modern oil/high-energy-based (post)industrial urban design and for human-scaled clusters of liveable diverse communities.

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