What is an architectural drawing?

By heba

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Have you seen The Storefront for Art and Architecture‘s latest exhibition, Aesthetics/Anesthetics?¬†Located at 97 Kenmare Street in New York, the Storefront for Art and Architecture was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. For the next month, the space will display thirty newly commissioned architectural drawings by thirty emerging and established architects and firms. The drawings reveal different aspects of the space and are representative of the generative properties of each architect’s drawing. The exhibition positions the drawings against a wallpaper of “representational cliches,” including birds, children, and comics, which are usually used as representational tools in renderings so as to examine the aesthetic and anesthetic qualities of an architectural image. With that, the exhibition invites visitors to “reflect on the performing properties of the architectural drawing, to push drawing and architecture beyond inherited values,” and to think about these questions: What is it than architectural drawing does and how does it do it? How can we distill beauty from cosmetics? How can new modes of representation produce new architectures and new sensibilities?

In addition to the exhibition, a series of lectures and workshops that look at the purpose of architectural drawings will be presented throughout the course of the month. At the end of the exhibition, each of the thirty commissioned architectural drawings will be auctioned and proceeds will support the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s exhibitions and programs. A few of the commissioned artists include Vito Acconci from New York, Alisa Andrasek from London, Aziza Chaouni from Toronto and Fez, Luis Callejas from Colombia, Teddy Cruz from Tijuana, and Frida Escobedo from Mexico.

Photos from the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

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