Haecceity, Drawing and Mapping


  • Anne Katrine Hougaard




Haecceity or ‘thisness’ is a philosophical concept that relates to architectural drawing in the sense that a haecceity is something that becomes individual from having been undifferentiated. Haecceities lie at the heart of many interlinking, dynamic processes of ethics, art, instinct, intelligence and life. Haecceities open up for an understanding of architectural drawing distinct from ‘merely’ representing built or buildable architectural space, being rather a method of both acting and thinking.

That the architectural drawing represents building and space is inherent, but, for the same reason, the architectural drawing’s power to produce space and buildings is sometimes diminished. This capacity of drawing, along with analogue and digital drawing tools and analogue and digital notational systems, is discussed in the paper, aiming to break down the usual ideas of architectural drawing, the digital and the analogue, and to build up a research method to create thoughts and worlds.

Author Biography

Anne Katrine Hougaard

Anna Katrine Hougaard was Born in 1979 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a diploma in architecture since 2007 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. In 2011 she received a Ph.D. scholarship from the same school. She is currently living and working in Berlin.