School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 3250: XRays, MRI and Jellyfish: Drawing as Transparency

XRays, MRI and Jellyfish: Drawing as Transparency

Fall Semester 2009

Assistant Professor
Ozayr Saloojee

Course Description:
This BDA workshop will focus on drawing as a process of simultaneity, of depicting both the inside and outside of a space through a single drawing. Mikhael Bakhtin’s quote emphasizes the importance of placing oneself outside of a thing in order to understand its exterior qualities, in addition to be being ‘within’ something – that it is important to know something from in and out in order to construct a comprehensive sense of its qualities.

This workshop will ask students to ultimately produce a single drawing that merges, overlaps and blurs the interior and exterior fields of an architectural project. Akin to the way in which Daniel Castor drew Berlage’s Exchange in Amsterdam, this workshop will focus on how drawing can act as a process of thinking, investigation and speculation.






Using a series of buildings throughout architectural history, students will produce a set of drawings over the course of the workshop that explore both the conventions of architectural drawing as well as drawing’s more speculative and interpretive possibility. Students will select and research a building of their choosing as their subject for the workshop. There will be a series of mini-workshops within the course that introduce and re-familiarize students with basic ideas of one and two point perspective and techniques in rendering and drafting.


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