Italy, Croatia, & Austria
Perhaps the most basic skill of architectural design and documentation is drawing. Unfortunately, it is also a skill that is often also the most neglected in teaching. It is commonly assumed that to be an architect one simply “knows” how to draw, and draw well. Even though many architects carry an innate talent to know how to “draw,” drawing as a means of didactic analysis brings new life to simple documentation of what is seen, to the realm of the unseen. Capturing the intangible geometries of space and form through didactic analysis trains the mind to begin to operate in a similar way, seeing through walls, ceilings, and floors to perceive both a rich reality of architecture as well as a fantastic realm of imagination.
In addition to analysis of geometry and form, the didactic drawing of space itself is perhaps even more compelling. Through careful observation and interaction, an engineered effort to document public spaces (such as courtyards, plazas, piazzas, and churches) can yield an incredible artifact of spatial realities that enrich one’s understanding of what makes different spaces special. By realizing and recording the unseen differences and similarities between the geometries of different spaces, a truly comprehensive understanding of architecture can be ascertained through the making of a didactic drawing.