Inclusions presents a collectable, pocket sized edition of 24 drawings from the 700 images currently on the Drawing Matter website. Including sketches by Peter Märkli and Marie-José Van Hee, a Yona Friedman wire structure and finely drafted 18th-century designs, this small compilation explores the range of what an architectural drawing can be. In the course of making the selections, one image was allowed to suggest the next in what Niall Hobhouse describes as a gentle dérive, and this associative rhythm is carried through into the order of the book.
During 2015 and 2016, many different writers have contributed to drawingmatter.org and some of them are represented here in the texts that accompany the drawings. Each one of these authors has helped to build on an ambition to encourage engagement with architectural drawings through contributing their thoughtful reflection and analysis. Sometimes their response to a drawing or drawings comes from experience as a practicing architect or artist that gives insight into the thought processes and purposes of drawing. Other writings spring from the research of academics and intellectuals, who provide new frameworks for understanding and looking. Their choices invariably push the boundaries of what can be considered an architectural drawing, and this is reflected in the selection for the book.
Published to coincide with the Drawing Matter Colloquium on Architecture and Geology, January 2017, Inclusions is one of a series of publishing experiments by Drawing Matter in producing small editions generated from its activities, including the website. It is also an invitation to writers interested in engaging with architectural drawings to be in touch with the Drawing Matter editors.
Artists and Authors
Florian Beigel and Philip Christou
Aldo Rossi and Jesse Reiser
Marie-José Van Hee
Published by Drawing Matter, Somerset (2017).