Project 01: Drawing as a Tool for Graphic Thinking

January 6, 2013


In the first semester, students had been experimenting with the tools and skills needed to investigate their immediate physical environment, from a more manageable scale mechanical objects, to the tiling geometric patterns, and cardboard screens.  This semester, we will start out with an exploration of a larger scale construction: space, form, their context and their meanings. We will do this with a series of field trips on campus and a thorough investigation of particular sites, and using the sketchbook as essential tool to read and interpret specific structures.


Our built environment consists of many dimensions: structural, functional, material, ephemeral, programmatic, experiential, etc.  What do these layers of information mean to our physical bodies? How do the characteristics of a building influence our engagement with it? How do we place ourselves in the space?  The intention for the exercise is to train our eyes to be critical of what they see in these dimensions, to reveal any meaning, to establish any underlying relationship, or to expose the lack of it.  We also use our bodies to relate ourselves to the spaces and translate them through orthogonal records into the sketchbook.
You will be making your inquiries for both Part 1 and Part 2 in an A4 sketchbook with varying weights of graphite.  The drawings will serve as a personal documentation of your experiences with the space, a revelation of what the architecture means to you.  

Part One

Part 1 of this project asks you to make a more general investigation of one building on the Chulalongkorn University campus. You should select three (unrelated) topics from the list and produce one elevation drawing, one section and one plan drawing taking into consideration the issues under the topic that is being explored. Hence, for each topic, there needs to be a set of at least three drawings that can describe the quality in multiple dimensions.

Part Two

Part 2 will be a more comprehensive and analytical study of one of the chosen topics. You will choose one topic from the list and explore it at three different scales: building scale, room scale, construction detail scale.  For each scale of exploration, there needs to be a set of at least three drawings that can describe the chosen topic in multiple dimensions: plan, section, elevation, or axonometric/ section, or plan/ sequential sections.