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Drawing: The Motive Force of Architecture (Architectural Design Primer) [Paperback]

Peter Cook
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22 April 2008 Architectural Design Primer (Book 2)
Focusing on the creative and inventive significance of drawing for architecture, Drawings highlights the work of key contemporary figures who have, through their drawn work, affected the course of architectural thinking. Bringing this together is a chapter–by–chapter series of essays that broadly charts the forward movement and expansion of drawing iconography, techniques and methodologies. Thus it will move from such conditions as Victorian romanticism; Modernist heroics, Minimalism, Diagrams, the representation (and inspiration) of movement, technology and motive power; through to notions and examples of digital automatism. In this way, the advent and challenge of computer–based drawing vis–à–vis ‘sketching’ or technique based drawing will be argued as a natural progression rather than a radical explosion. In particular, there are many examples of hand–in–hand development of a project using several techniques.  Also includes drawings by Sverre Fehn, Mark Goulthorpe, Zaha Hadid, Ron Herron, Tom Kovak, Enric Miralles, Marcus Novak , Cedric Price, Wolf Prix, and Lebbeus Woods.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (22 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470034815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470034811
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 17.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...richly is a welcomed resource...a fresh and delightful approach to the topic." (, November 2008)

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Drawing: the motive force of architecture launches the AD Primers series from John Wiley & Sons, the publishers of Architectural Design. The new series invites key architects, who have made a substantial contribution to AD, to write on a core preoccupation or theme in their work. (Forthcoming titles are planned with Nigel Coates, Juhani Pallasmaa and Leon van Schaik.) Since the 1960s when Peter Cook was a founder of Archigram, his work has celebrated the graphic and then in turn become synonymous with the drawn.

representative of Peter Cook′s catholic appreciation of the architectural drawing, this book features a wide range of work from architects across the world and across time. It brings together the highly tuned perceptions and experience of an architect who has been designing for almost five decades, with an eye that is always rejoicing at the discovery of emerging talent.

Featured architects include:

  • Neil denari
  • Diller and Scofidio
  • Sverre Fehn
  • Frank Gehry
  • Hernan Diaz Alonso
  • Kolatan MacDonald
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Coop Himmelb (l) au
  • Arata Isozaki
  • Morphosis
  • Walter Pichler
  • Bernard Tschumi
  • Lebbeus Woods
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing 10 Dec 2010
By jk21
Peter Cook is not always to my taste, but I enjoyed this book. Perhaps a bit biased to Bartlett type work. Works well if used as a platform for further reading. Some of the graphics are truly stunning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing, a lost art 10 Jan 2011
Taking from his contemporaries and a few more recent "artists," Cook provides in this book is a good example of hand drawn architectural representation. The book contains examples of digital art interspersed with the hand drawn/painted/airbrushed representations following the trend to shy away from physical drawings with a corresponding move towards digital media.
The book is well written, highly enjoyable and illustrated well.
A good book to have to hand on the shelf as with all Cook's work.

It seems that drawing in the true sense is becoming a lost art in the "profession" of architecture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why?! 28 Dec 2010
This book gets 3 points for its beautiful illustrations (otherwise i wouldnt have bothered rating it) and the sad fact that, in my opinion, it is badly written. The words used are complex that you have an easier time understanding Schopenhauer's essays! I dont see the point for an architect to make writing so difficult and complex! Perhaps as Dr De Bono said: some people do it so they sound more intelligent among their peers!!! Peter Cook is a great architect but he cannot write, it seems that he scoured thesaurus for words that are long and complex! Economy and simplicity Mr Cook would've made this book a lot more enjoyable ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars On of my favourite 22 Dec 2013
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Peter Cook really did a great job writing the book. It is full of illustrative material and is fun reading. I recommend that to every architectural student.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
the book branches into every corner of drawing and has many illustrations,
but i found that there were only a handful of tips/ideas that could be substracted of it. all in all i think its a good investment because you never know when an image from this book could initiate a motive when looking for some inspiration in drawing.
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