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Drawing for the Design Imaginary Exhibition: 107th ACSA Annual Meeting


In conjunction with the 107th ACSA Annual Meeting taking place in Pittsburgh from 28-30 March 2019, the exhibit Drawing for the Design Imaginary will be on display in the CFA Great Hall from March 23-30. It will then move to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Music Hall Foyer on Saturday, March 30 for the ACSA conference closing reception following the Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu lecture at 5:00pm.


About the Exhibition

Drawing for the Design Imaginary
Curator: Jeremy Ficca

Drawing has long held a robust and central position within the discipline, serving as an investigative device to glance into the future, a discursive tool to convey meaning, and a notational convention to facilitate the translation of design intent into built reality. A survey of the past decade reveals voluminous discourse, and occasional anxiety, surrounding the subject, protocols, and future of drawing as an instrument in the profession and the academy. While the operative and representational basis of drawing retain prominent positions within the discipline, the increased reliance upon simulation and information modeling are reshaping how one designs, thinks abstractly, stimulates potential, and communicates. Furthermore, the universality of the live virtual model coupled with a growing arsenal of digital techniques has blurred distinctions between image and drawing to sponsor an expanding field of possibilities while challenging the language of architectural representation. Throughout these shifts, drawing has revealed a remarkable durability. If as Mario Carpo states, “drawings probe and test the limits and constraints of architectural representation itself”, then perhaps drawing is ideally situated in our post-digital circumstance.

Building upon the conference’s theme on the current state of architecture’s core, this exhibition explores the role of drawing as pedagogical instrument. Broad in scope, technique and medium, it opens inquiry on the role of drawing for the design imaginary and as a scaffold for design thinking and pedagogy.


About the Conference

107th ACSA Annual Meeting
BLACK BOX: Articulating Architecture's Core in the Post-Digital Era
28-30 March 2019 | Pittsburgh, PA

Co-chairs: Jeremy Ficca, Carnegie Mellon University; Amy Kulper, Rhode Island School of Design; Grace La, Harvard University
Host School: Carnegie Mellon University