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

Sir Peter Cook
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“…full of delicious examples and comments”. Architectural Review June 2008

From the Inside Flap

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

From the Back Cover

Drawing is to architects what writing is to authors. For the designer, jotting must be an almost unconscious act, relying on the imperceptible synergy between brain, eye and hand, or mouse. The graphic pervades every stage of architectural creation. It represents the initial impulse – the napkin sketch or digital scribble. It is also the primary means of working up a building design – on or off screen – for production and presentation. It, additionally, allows us to fuel our tectonic imaginations and go beyond the built and the feasible into the sphere of the visionary and fantastic. Drawing provides the very motive force of architecture.

Focusing on the creative and inventive significance of drawing for architecture, this book is a paean to the graphic by one of its greatest proponents,Sir Peter Cook. Thematically organised by chapter, Cook joyfully talks us through drawings as motive, strategy, vision, image, composition, expression, technique, surface and fantasy. He provides us with amusing perceptive commentary at every turn, drawing out attention to some of the greatest and most intriguing drawings, ranging from Heath–Robinson, Hugh Ferris and Arthur Beresford Pite to Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Ron Herron, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Bernard Tschumi and Lebbeus Woods.

About the Author

Peter Cook is Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Emeritus Professor of both University College London and the Stadel Academy of Art in Frankfurt. Founder of ′Archigram′: the apocryphal British group who were awarded to the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2003. He is the architect (with Colin Fournier) of the ′Kunsthaus′ in Graz and of apartment building in Berlin and Madrid. His own drawings are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, FRAC in Orleans, the V&A Museum in London and the ′Japan Architect′ collection in Tokyo as well as many private collections. In 2007, Cook received a knighthood for services to education and architecture. He is currently a Consultant to HOK on the Olympic Stadium for 2012 and with his own CRAB studio building in Spain and Italy.
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