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“God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.” -Alvar Alto
September 14, 2008, 1:04 am
Filed under: Representation

For the opening of a new exhibition space at the Architecture Museum of Munich’s Technical University, a group of internationally known architects were invited to a dinner. Instead of showing up, however, the architects were asked to send the museum a sketch on a dinner napkin. The napkin would stand in for the architects’ physical presence and “represent” their current thoughts on architecture. The exercise, a play off the notion that architectural inspiration can strike anywhere and anytime, proved to be a playful and revealing portrait of the way architects think and quickly represent themselves. So… even if you don’t have your sketchbooks on you (I have no idea why you wouldn’t) you have no excuse for not being able to develop your ideas.

Check out the sketches below looking at the differences in line quality. Besides illustrating very different ideas each architect has a distinct drawing style and technique. Also, go to the library and look at each architect’s monograph as a way to better understand what they are about and how their architecture is being represented in these sketches.

Robert Venturi

Robert Venturi

Dominique Perrault

Dominique Perrault

Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito

Matthias Sauerbruch

Matthias Sauerbruch

Mario Bota

Mario Bota

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater

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