Architectural Drawing: It is an Action

29 strokes
A Stroke Each Second for 3600 Seconds

There is a long-held relationship between the body and architectural drawing. From the architect being perceived as a master builder, to Vitruvius's belief of the ideal body being a measure of architecture and to the present day where we imaginatively occupy the drawing. Over time with the development of paper, cartesian rationalism, and finally, computer-aided drafting, the presence of the body has been suppressed. Architectural drawing often embraces alternative approaches and perspectives to broaden its practices; therefore, this thesis draws upon performance art. It considers performance art's use of the performative beyond a theatrical act to position architectural drawing as performative. It becomes a process of revealing the body and its movements in time and space to question where the architect's body, the being responsible for bringing the drawing into existence, is perceivable in architectural drawing.

The thesis examines key themes and selected artworks produced since the late 1960s in relation to performance art and drawing practices to inform each series of investigations. The makings are interested not in the final product but in the process undertaken to create them, each drawing using the body within a set of different parameters.

Organised into two parts, the first focuses on drawing in space and considers how the act of drawing involves the body's actions. It explores the body's presence, the possibilities of it as an instrument, and the implications of time and temporality which are bound to performative drawing.

3 head trace copy
Tracing the Body's Presence in Space and Time
17 three circles
13 circle
Limitations of the Body as a Drawing Tool
11 pivot
Drawing with the Body
24 arch
26 fill page
The Body Dictating the Time Drawn For

The second, drawing between space, shifts to the urban scale, the drawing and body in motion. It shows how the body can move through space to record the urban context. The drawings migrate off the page and into space, marking it.

Making these drawings leads to a number of different approaches to thinking about the body as a performative tool and questions what this may mean to someone who draws spatially. The drawings are related to spatial disciplines through scale, occupation, space, and time. They offer an alternative perspective to what it means to inhabit a drawing and to recording time and temporality within it. The drawings invite space to be an active participant in the production of drawings and find value in drawing full scale.

81 layer
Collecting Moments of Time in Space
58 walk
74 gps
Linking the Motion of the Body Through Space with Drawing
77 landscape
Drawing on the Landscape