As Robin Evans so astutely observed in his seminal 1986 essay, “Translations from Drawing to Building,” architects don’t make buildings they make drawings. Although much has changed since he made this observation, particularly with respect to disciplinary representational practices, drawings and constructed images remain primary media of architectural design.
Discursive images, a specific subset of the constructed imagery created by architects, are loaded – they are full of information, replete with spatial articulation, jam-packed with representational conceits and conventions, and overflowing with interpretive possibilities – while simultaneously concise in their delivery, refined in their graphic language, minimal in their aesthetic, and pithy in their communicative potential. Within their fulsome compositions, they retain both clues and tools for their own unpacking. They are discursive in both of its meanings, simultaneously meandering, digressive, diffuse and visually verbose, while retaining the potent capacity to stimulate discourse on, in, and surrounding the discipline of architecture.
Send us drawings laden with information, but succinct in their content delivery. Forward us your graphic inventions, your analog-digital hybrids, your rule-breakers and your convention-makers. The images will be juried by the JAE Design Committee and the best images in both faculty and student categories will be featured in a Discursive Image Gallery on the JAE website. First-place winners in both categories will be featured in the print journal.
• only one submission per person
• must be from the 2014-15 academic year
• indicate student or faculty category
• include a title and a keyword
• 600 dpi for line drawings and 300 dpi for all other images
• send your file to: firstname.lastname@example.org (note: you may need to share your file as an uploaded link if it is larger than 25MB)