Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Architectural drawings explained

The excellent Intute Arts and Humanities Service has picked up on an interesting website from London's Victoria and Albert Museum which presents a series of short online videos of examples from the Museum's and the RIBA's drawings collection. Expert Michael Snodin demonstrates how drawings are used in the building process, with videos are organised in the following sections: First sketch ideas and sketchbooks; Drawings showing design development; Presentation techniques; Drawings for construction; and Drawings to record completed buildings. They feature work by architects ranging from a 1700s drawing by Nicholas Hawksmoor to a 1987 design by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. Also featured are the flats for White City by Erich Mendelsohn and the GLA headquarters by Foster and Partners.
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