The Diagrammatic Inquiry of Architectural Media

  • Peter Bertram The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Architecture (KADK)

Abstract

According to the philosopher C.S. Peirce the diagram is a system of interrelated parts that operates in a manner similar to another system of interrelated parts. It is a mental map of relations. It drives an open-ended inquiry on a given problem. In architectural discourse a diagram is often defined as a particular form of drawing. It is a simplified image and/or it uses a notation system. In this context, the latter is termed a digital diagram. However, an architectural medium has material properties that influence both the making and the translation of the drawing. It is both a singular artefact and a set of instructions for actions undertaken in another space than that of the medium. This article introduces the notion of an immanent diagram to discuss how the composition of a drawing is distributed. The proposition is that the architectural diagrammatic inquiry operates in the struggle between digital and analogue diagrams. I develop the argument using a traditional architectural drawing as a starting point. In the last section, I discuss a contemporary computer based design practice in which drawings and prototype modelling constitute a heterogeneous technological environment.

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Author Biography

Peter Bertram, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Architecture (KADK)
Ph.D. Associate professor at KADK. Affiliated to the Institute of Architecture and Culture, and the studyprogram Art and Architecture.
How to Cite
BERTRAM, Peter. The Diagrammatic Inquiry of Architectural Media. FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], p. 33-50, apr. 2018. ISSN 1875-1490. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/footprint/article/view/1757>. Date accessed: 17 july 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/footprint.12.1.1757.
Published
2018-04-30