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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 Weeks is recommended.

Core subject: Context


This subject is a comprehensive introduction to spatial and architectural representation. It is divided into three different exercises designed to introduce students into the 2D and 3D languages of representation. Students also explore the role of prints and physical artefacts as part of a broader communication strategy.

During the first half of the subject, students engage with well-known spaces 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 into drawings and models, and it responds to particular technical requirements that are organically explained.

Principles of orthographic projection, layers management, hierarchies, line types, scales of representation, dimension standards and printing processes 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 architectural representation.

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

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Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.