Florian Beigel

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Translations is a catalogue of selected design drawings, models and sketches of three urban and three building design projects of Florian Beigel, Philip Christou and the Architecture Research Unit. The works have been selected to present the design thinking of process rather than the finished results of the projects. Each project is accompanied by a design reference – a painting, a photograph or a sculpture that is related to the development of the architectural concepts and spirit of the project. To a certain extent these references have been translated into the design proposals. Drawing Matter supported the publication of Translations in 2014. We have 25 copies available at £50 each, plus postage.

Maria Sheherazade Giudici

Archizoom, Teatro segreto, after 1966 DM 2057.6 IN SET

My history and theory studies course, The Politics of the Image, at the Royal College of Art, drew on the Drawing Matter Collection amongst others to explore the construction of images since the Renaissance. This construction has allowed a crafty lie to evolve, be challenged and ultimately influence reality – albeit not always in straightforward ways. The architectural drawing is not supposed to literally represent reality – be it a contemporary or future reality – but rather to produce that reality. The actual product of the architectural drawing is not a building but a way of seeing, or to be more precise, a subject. – Maria Giudici

Gabriel Pierre Martin Dumont

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This large and exquisite drawing by Gabriel Pierre Martin Dumont represents a garden design in the form of the plan of St Peter’s Basilica and Piazza by Bernini. Serried ranks of trees rather than stone walls and columns are used to marshal a vast landscape into a perfect emblem of order. Each of the countless trees in the composition is rendered individually, casting its own tiny grey shadow .... Dumont pushed the resemblance of the drawing such that it included the two fountains and the obelisk within the piazza, the interior of the circular colonnade, which now, in the garden, includes as many trees as columns in the plan. Likewise, the scales correspond; that is, Dumont’s reproduction of the massing plan would be, at real scale, more than 430 meters in length. – Tina di Carlo

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