Yale School of Architecture (YSOA)
Patternism Seminar, 2015
critic: Brennan BUCK.
One of the more striking shifts in our discipline in recent years has been a re-emerging focus on representation—drawing in particular.
students: Emau VEGA, Hui Zhen NG, Jessica ANGEL, Junpei OKAI, & Nicholas MURAGLIA.
Harkening back to John Hejduk, much of this work employs figure and collage through simple linework and photoshop techniques. This is in contrast to the digital abstraction of the last 15 years—drawings that stress virtuality and geometry, coherent systems without physicality or character.
Patternism, a seminar this spring at the Yale School of Architecture, looked back instead to the drawings of Paul Rudolph which establish tactility and spatial depth through graphic techniques well-suited to computation: lots and lots of lines. Adapting very traditional techniques like contour and hatching to the effortlessly proliferating logic of grasshopper, students were asked to create drawings that heighten the ambiguity between graphic texture or figure and the illusion of depth, between abstraction and materiality, and between distinct drawing types—perspectival and orthographic.