Drawing: The Motive Force of Architecture (Architectural Design Primer) Paperback – 13 Dec 2013
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Peter Cook s enthusiasm for imagined realities and unbuilt schemes is irresistible. (bdonline.co.uk, March 2014)
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Focusing on the creative and inventive significance of drawing for architecture, this book by one of its greatest proponents, Peter Cook, is an established classic. It exudes Cook s delight and his wide ranging, catholic tastes for the architectural. Readers are provided with perceptive insights at every turn. The book features some of the greatest and most intriguing drawings by architects, ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright, William Heath Robinson, Le Corbusier and Otto Wagner to Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Arata Isozaki, Eric Owen Moss, Bernard Tschumi and Lebbeus Woods; as well as key works by Cook and other members of the original Archigram group.
For this new edition, Cook provides a substantial new chapter that charts the speed at which the trajectory of drawing is moving. It reflects the increasing sophistication of available software and also the ways in which hand drawing and the digital are being eclipsed by new hybrids injecting drawing with a fresh momentum. These crossovers provide a whole new territory as attempts are made to release drawing from the boundaries of a solitary moment, a single viewing position or a single referential language. Featuring the likes of Toyo Ito, Perry Kulper, Izaskun Chinchilla, Kenny Kinugasa–Tsui, Ali Rahim, John Berglund and Lorène Faure, it leads to fascinating insights into the effect that medium has upon intention and definition of an idea or a place. Is a pencil drawing more attuned to a certain architecture than an ink drawing, or is a particular colour evocative of a certain atmosphere? In a world where a Maya® drawing is creatively contributing something different from a Rhinoceros® drawing, there is much to demand of future techniques.See all Product Description
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Here's a quick example of the kind of twisted verbosity you'll have to wade through while reading this book:
"If it is the recurrent thesis of this book that drawing - of every kind - is a motor that absorbs imagination and converts it into usable or transferable information or inspiration, thus self-consciousness is but another form of evaluation."
Ignore the terrible structuring and obvious lack of logical thinking, and you get a statement about how drawing is a way to capture and transfer information. And this was one of Cook's attempts to clarify himself! You can only imagine how badly the rest of the book reads.
I found that Cook's attempt is just an exercise in pretentious slog of the type you'd hear spewing from some theorist's mouth at a black-tie exhibit. There are comparatively few visual examples given for the volume of text, and some examples are profoundly worthwhile (Arthur Beresford Pite, Neil Denari, Hans Poelzig) while the vast majority simply are not.
This is my second attempt at reading an Architectural Design (AD) series book and trying to make sense of it or find anything useful to take away from it. Both attempts have been failures. I have a third one coming, and I'm now starting to really worry about it.
Visual Notes for Architects and Designers by Norman Crowe and Paul Laseau
Architects' Sketchbooks by Will Jones and Narinder Sagoo
The first book is an excellent primer on the reasoning and methods behind visually rendering ideas and observations. The second book is a compendium of architectural renderings, mostly in crude form, showing the formation of ideas without letting the book's text get in the way. Go forth, learn, and be inspired. And if you want vacuous babble then there's plenty of that online, so there's no need to buy this book.
I do think there is a small select group of people who may enjoy and benefit from this book. I'm just not in that group.
The majority of these illustrations were created for competitions and exhibitions by architects, by and large, for known audiences of fellow architects. I didn’t learn this until well underway reading but it clarified the text itself - which reads like a gallery exhibition catalog, full of contemplation, exploring psychological and historical angles.
The works are in various media spanning the spectrum of abstract and imaginary to classically representational. The freedom of expression and dynamism is palpable on every page and the variety of detail is staggering – I’ve spent literally hours staring at the illustrations alone and feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of their essence.
While the majority of the renderings are ‘hand drawn’ there’s a fascinating discussion of the impact of technology on the creative architectural design process and examples of computer-generated works.
If I have a criticism of the book it’s the size: at roughly 8 5/8” x 6 5/8”, ‘Drawing – The Motive Force of Architecture’ really cries out to be a coffee table-sized book, or at least an 11 ½” trade size. It’s just slightly larger than those Penguin World of Art books I used to collect – no matter how gorgeous the reproductions, it’s just difficult to lose yourself fully and drink in pictures that relatively small.
Lastly, while the mention of Frank Lloyd Wright is sure to catch the eye of casual architecture buffs, Wright is really a stylistic outlier here and readers expecting such kinds of drawing may be disappointed. (A terrific book for fans of Wright’s drawing worth seeking out is ‘Frank Lloyd Wright - In the Realm of Ideas’).
I understand what some of the other reviewers are saying about the language of the author. His voice as a writer doesn't speak to me much. The drawings are much more interesting than what he has to say about them, which are somewhat convoluted introductions without much substance. That's to me, anyway. Maybe if I were an architect or an architecture student, his words would have more relevance to me.
The book is rather pricey for what it is. As you can likely see from the caption at the top of my review, I got this (for free) from amazon's vine program. I couldn't recommend that anyone pay $35 (or more) for it, at least not if that person is interested in the book for the same reasons I was.