Marco Frascari
Brouillon: Eleven Materia Prima Drawings

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 1, Campanone, 2008 IN SET – Drawing Matter

The Campanone, February 6, 2008.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 2, Campanone, 2008 IN SET – Drawing Matter

The Campanone, March 8, 2008.

Architectural theorist and architect Marco Frascari defined the brouillon as a drawing meant to be recopied, times and again. This is a generative drawing, that entices reflections in time and whose value lives up to, and even beyond, a time of making. A brouillon is a counter drawing, which encapsulates the significance of a project, and from which other drawings may originate. Through the process of drawing and redrawing something a dialogue between representations, and sometimes between multiple authors over time, is ignited. Frascari’s own way of drawing | thinking through making is evidenced in a collection of 11 drawings on the theme of materia prima from the period of February 2008­–April 2010.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 3, Esoteric Plan 1, 2009 – Drawing Matter

Esoteric Plan 1, September 8, 2009.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 4, Esoteric Plan 2, 2009 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Esoteric Plan 2, September 8, 2009.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 5, Esoteric Plan 3, 2009 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Esoteric Plan 3, September 8, 2009. Published in the chapter on ‘Architectural Brouillons: Work Intended to be Recopied’, in Eleven Exercises (Routledge 2011, p. 87) with the title Venatic drawing.

A contextual and sequential reading of the drawings in this series may reveal their significance as a whole, and ignite a dialogue between the representations and the reader. Frascari makes visible through this series that drawing itself is the first matter of architectural conception. How then does the thinking and making in architecture happens through architectural drawing? Frascari’s own last two books, Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing. Slow Food for the Architect’s Imagination (Routledge 2011), and the posthumously published Marco Frascari’s Dream House: A Theory of Imagination (Routledge 2017), address this question in an attempt at providing insight into the process of architectural imagination.

The 11 drawings shown here are hybrid hand and digital prima materia drawings made by Frascari between 6 February 2008 and 9 June 2010. 

– Federica Goffi

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 6, Carta Piegata 1, 2010 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Carta Piegata 1 (Folded Paper 1), April 1, 2010.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 7, The Facture, 2009 IN SET – Drawing Matter

There are two versions of this drawing in the digital archive of Frascari. One is titled The Facture, and the other, The Materia Prima, November 7, 2009. Published in the preface to the Eleven Exercises (Routledge 2011, p. 11), with the title Preparation of an Architectural Facture.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 8, Assemblage Drawing, (undated) IN SET – Drawing Matter

This drawing is the only that carries a title within the drawing itself: The Materia Prima of Architecture. The title of the digital file is Assemblage Drawing. Undated.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 9, Carta Piegata 2, 2010 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Carta Piegata 2 (Folded Paper 2), April 1, 2010.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 10, Angelic Drawing, (undated) IN SET – Drawing Matter

Angelic Drawing, Undated.

Marco Frascari, Brouillon: Materia Prima 11, Angelic Geometry, 2010 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Angelic Geometry, June 9, 2010. Published in the chapter on ‘The Pregnancy of Drawings’, in Eleven Exercises (Routledge 2011, p. 50).

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Frascari Symposium IV - ‘The Secret Lives of the Architectural Drawings and Models - From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying’, taking place on June 27-28, 2019 at the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University, London, UK, invites scholars, educators, curators and practicing architects to submit an abstract in English of up to four hundred seventy-four words and up to two images addressing one of the four categories of the event. Please submit abstracts for blind peer review no later than 22 October 2018 by emailing a pdf (5MB max.). 

For further information on the four themes and email addresses, please see: Frascari Symposium IV.