Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), Untitled (Drawing for the Judson Memorial Poetry Reading #7), c. 1973. Ink and felt pen on wove paper, 317 × 1400 mm.
BODY OF AN ARCHITECT
Architecture is an embodied knowledge. This means that while there are ideas that can be passed on in books that there is a core aspect of the discipline which lives and dies with each practitioner. Each of us will design a building differently, even if we have very many shared experiences and beliefs, and even if the brief for this building is very simple or practical.
Our histories are different, and our intuitive responses are different, and yet we make the collective landscapes of our towns and cities with common languages and concerns.
This week’s work is about building a connection between the students and their own intuitive engagement with the places they work in. It is about building an understanding of dimensions and scale, and the ultimate job of architecture to make a framework for lives and activities of others. Above all else it is about drawing - about the space between memory and dreaming, measuring and speculating, the brain and the hand.
Architectural Drawing Summer School 2018. Photo: Ed Dowding
SATURDAY 25 AUGUST
15:00 Students arrive at Bruton School for Girls and settle in
15:30 Students are assigned to their tutor for the week. All walk though Bruton to Hauser & Wirth Somerset
16:00 Orientation at Hauser & Wirth Somerset Implement Shed
EXERCISE: Students draw a memory map of Bruton, and a detail they saw en-route followed by discussion in groups
18:00 Dinner at Bruton School for Girls
19:00 Talk: On Being an Architect (Andrew Clancy) and drawing assignment continued
SUNDAY 26 AUGUST
08:00 Breakfast at Bruton School for Girls
09:00 Hauser & Wirth Tractor takes students to Shatwell
10:00 Morning session of 14 students in Drawing Matter Archive and 14 on Shatwell Farm. Students in the archive will be taken on a history of drawing with Niall Hobhouse. Students on the farm are taken on a tour of the farm and of its various buildings. Working with their tutors they are to develop themes from what they observed the day before and find affinities with their Memory Maps
13:00 Students eat packed lunch prepared by Bruton School for Girls at Shatwell
14:00 Afternoon session of 14 students in Archive and 14 on the farm. Students in the archive will be taken on a history of drawing with Niall Hobhouse. Students on the farm are taken on a tour of the farm and of its various buildings. Working with their tutors they are to develop themes from what they observed the day before
17:00 Talk: On Being An Architect (Laura Evans); Talk: On Working with Architects (Niall Hobhouse)
20:00 Tractor to Bruton School for Girls