Architectural Drawing Book
A Survey of Drawing from Prehistory to the Present
"The Architectural Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing from Prehistory to the Present" comprises an overview of drawing and architecture related imagery, as well as key texts in the field throughout history, and touches on subjects such as developments in technology and their impacting on both the methods and manifestations of drawing. The book considers various forms of architectural representations and projections such as plans, sections, per spectives and exploded axonometrics. It also explores the impact of the computer on drawing and current debates, taking place between practicioners of analogic and electronically assisted methods of drawing.
The extensive breadth of figures touched upon include vitruvius, Alberti, Da vinci, Serlio and Piranesi, through to Choisy, john Soane, El Lissitzky, Wright, Le Corbusier, Eisenman, Constant, james Gowan and Ted Cullinan, to name but a few. "The Architectural Drawing Book" also takes into account sources of drawing that are not directly a part of architectural discourse but that can be seen as related or indebted to it, such as the fields of engineering, fashion and art. In the latter context "The Architectural Drawing Book" looks at the work of Mary Miss, Gordon Matta Clark, Dan Graham, Rachel Whiteread and Paul Noble, amongst many others.
Duncan McCorquodale was born in Birmingham, England in 1962. He grew up in England and then Canada, where he pursued his own studies in etching, sculpture and filmmaking. From 1985 to 1989 McCorquodale undertook undergraduate studies in Architecture and Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. From 1989 to 1993 he pursued post-graduate studies in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Architectural Association (AA), London. While at the AA, in 1992, Duncan published his first magazine, ARCH-TEXT. On graduating from the AA in 1993 Duncan began teaching the History and Theory of Architecture to second and third year students at the Bartlett School of Architectcure, London. He also established Black Dog Publishing Limited (BDP) in the same year. He relinquished his teaching post at The Bartlett in 2000 to focus full-time on publishing, developing BDP's now extensive list of titles to include architecture, art, design, music, photography and printmaking.
"He draws like a dream... apparently effortlessly" – Peter Cook on Archigram's Ron Herron