Woodbury University, School of Architecture
critic: Mark ERICSON
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Mark ERICSON: In a recent seminar at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, we explored historical repetition and analysis as a means of manufacturing and adapting drawing methods to specific ends.
The initial research conducted prior to teaching the class consisted of recreating the drawings of the fourth tractate in Archittetura civile (1735) so that all of the projective relationships in a given “observation” were continuous. These drawings were then distilled into a manual entitled “The Stereotomic Primer” that demonstrated the process to the students. Because of Stereotomy’s complete absence of object oriented representation, students were forced to engage method in a specific and detailed manner. All of the drawings were two-dimensional orthographic projections. Therefore objects emerged only through the translation of the drawings into models, and only when all of the steps in the process had been methodically constructed. Visualization of the object never became central to the work, as the eye could no longer verify the accuracy of form through figural definition. The locus of the work shifted from product to process. Students then adapted the methods of Guarini to their own ends. One student, interested in the relationship between contemporary discussions of subdivision and the analogous process in Stereotomy, began exploring stereotomic subdivision as a means of developing thickened surfaces from entirely two-dimensional figures. Another student focused on Stereotomy’s dissolution of objects into lines, and set out to develop a drawing practice by which the measurement of the true-length of the lines became an obsessive pursuit capable of producing surfaces in its own right. In both cases, the focus of the students’ work came in the form of a discrete adaptation and modification of the stereotomic process at the detail level. Guarini’s methods were learned through a process that focused on the malleability of its rule sets, asking students not only to acquire but also to manufacture methods specific to their individual projects and interests.
Students: Lilly BAKHSHI, Anali GHARAKHANI, Conner MacPHEE, Art MARQUEZ, & Cordell SHEPPARD.