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86008 Context: Representation

6cp; 1hpw (interative lecture), 3hpw (studio, Wednesdays), weekly, on campus
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Recommended studies:

An active participation in Orientation Week activities is highly recommended as students are provided with inductions to fabrication workshops and intensive studios for software management.

Core subject: Context


This subject is a comprehensive introduction to spatial representation and communication strategies. The session is divided into three different exercises designed to introduce students into 2D and 3D languages of representation. Students also explore the role of prints and physical artefacts as performative exhibition devices.

During the first half of the session, students engage with well-known spaces in order to read and understand the inherent relations between space (as a physical reality) and its graphic representation. Spatial representation is an abstraction of real space and it responds to very specific technical requirements that are organically explained.

Principles of orthographic projection, layers management, hierarchies, line types, scales of representation, dimension standards and printing are learnt by practice, observation and refinement. All these principles and tools are interrogated and actively deployed by students. The goal is to achieve an early proficiency in spatial representation.

In the second part of the session, a range of analogue and digital tools are used to translate material and immaterial spatial conditions into drawings and models. Students finally explore the performative potential of the produced work as the curated material for a public exhibition.

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Access conditions

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