Why Architects Draw

Why Architects Draw

By Edward Robbins

The centerpiece of Robbins's provocative investigation consists ofcase study narratives based on interviews with nine architects, adeveloper-architect, and an architectural engineer. The narratives areillustrated by the architects' drawings from projects in Japan,England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and the United States, fromconception through realization.

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The centerpiece of Robbins's provocative investigation consists ofcase study narratives based on interviews with nine architects, adeveloper-architect, and an architectural engineer. The narratives areillustrated by the architects' drawings from projects in Japan,England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and the United States, fromconception through realization.

For nearly twenty years Edward Robbins, an anthropologist, has been studying and writing about the system of architectural education and practice in this country and abroad. In this book he examines the social uses of architectural drawing: how drawing acts to direct both the conception and the production of architecture; how it helps architects set an agenda, define what is important about a design, and communicate with their colleagues and clients; and how it embodies claims about the architect's role, status, and authority. The centerpiece of Robbins's provocative investigation consists of case study narratives based on interviews with nine architects, a developer-architect, and an architectural engineer. These narratives from a broad range of practitioners and schools of thought, including leading contemporary architects, offer a rare opportunity to compare different views about the use of drawings. The narratives are illustrated by the architects' drawings (some never before published) from projects in Japan, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and the United States, from conception through realization. Included are orthographic and axonometric projections, perspectives, elevations, plans, sections, working drawings, sketches, schematics, construction, and finished drawings.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262181570 328 pp. | 11 in x 8.4 in

Paperback

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262680981 328 pp. | 11 in x 8.4 in

Funding provided by:
National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262181570 328 pp. | 11 in x 8.4 in

Paperback

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262680981 328 pp. | 11 in x 8.4 in