Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Hardcover – 1 Dec 2006
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Susan C. Piedmont-Palladino is an architect and an associate professor of architecture at Virginia Tech. Her book, Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture, was published by Princeton Architectural Press.
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That said, if you collect drawing instruments, you got to have it.
In essence, this exhibition and accompanying book document the romance between a creator (i.e. architect) and their tools to generate their subsequent creations.
"Tools of Imagination" reads as a romance novel for any architect, designer or drafter who once either used or knew of these antiquated tools. Beautiful pictures of pocket cased sets (composed of rulers, compasses, and ink sets) contrast sharply against VIZ-generated renderings and Gehry's CATIA-sculpted buildings between the covers. The contrast lends itself to document the development and refinement of the tool while also documenting the evolution of the architect's method of designing.
While the preface and the introduction to "Tools of Imagination" succeed in relegating the subject of the book about the intrigue and history of the 'tool', a further consideration may have been given to the question of representation within architecture as put forth by John Beckmann's "Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation, and Crash Culture" (collection) and Robin Evan's "Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays".
By not tapping into this discussion of the relevance of the tool to the mode of representation, "Tools of the Imagination" situates itself as a well-done exhibition publication without furthering to the discussion of how modes of representation may be observed.Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
As someone else mentioned in their review, the book looks nice, but the white on silver and silver on white isn't exactly practical. Can be very hard to read, especially with a glare on the page.
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