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Unformed Drawing
Refereed article: Yeoryia Manolopoulou, ‘Unformed Drawing: Notes, Sketches and Diagrams’ (Journal of Architecture, Volume 10, no.5, 2005), pp 517–525. 'Unformed drawing', as an activity, combines both language- and picture- elements and involves note-taking and the use of words, sketches and diagrams as critical and imaginative tools, continuously interacting on the page. Conventional architectural representation attempts to describe reality uniformly and consistently. On the contrary, the unformed drawing is inconsistent in these respects. Its ambiguity and composite nature is perhaps closer to the complexities of space in how it is perceived, remembered and imagined. This strand of my research contributes to discussions about method and technique in the field of design research. I am particularly interested in the links that can be made between indeterminacy, drawing and making, and I have worked on two related funded projects: ‘Techniques of Indeterminacy in the Process of Architectural Design’, AHRC Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts, 2002 (£3,700 / PI) and EPSRC/AHRC Designing for the 21st Century Initiative, Research Cluster ‘Spatial Imagination in Design’, 2005 (£50,000 / Named Participant). In 2006 a related artefact, called 'Shutters, House F', was selected for the architecture room at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I have also given various national and international talks about the role of drawing in architectural research. See for example: ‘Dialogic Drawing’ in ‘The Role of Material Evidence in Architectural Research: Drawings, Models, Experiments’, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, 2010 (lecture and forthcoming publication).
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