Friday, March 21, 2008
Above is a template of how I document the drawing work on the Black Box.
I am making an archive of the drawings on the black box & in the black box by photographing entire elevations of each wall I draw on. I take a photo, then invert the image - turning white lines into black, black walls into white paper. The elevations, arranged one next to the other at the same scale becomes a construction drawing document. The series of elevations documented over time shows the progress of the work. It will be a record of the decisions made in drawing leading to making: a construction drawing set - an archive of the built work, a prescriptive language of how the phenomena is made apparent through drawing. The drawing as the language of the architect.
The language of the drawing, and the construction set as encyclopedia, compliments the tacit knowledge embedded in the built work. And vice verse.
I can also add to the drawings once they are arranged in the drawing set. I can bring into my studio measured information about the black box, and continue the process of drawing without being at the site. The drawing will give me a "whole view" of the project, an effect not apparent when I am standing outside the black box itself, dominated by it's one to one scale. I can reflect on the work, make adjustments at other scales otherwise not possible if I only carried on the work on site. Being able to transport the black box with me to different places will enable me to continue the project say, in the evening, when it is too dark to work outside. The drawing will help me organize the work schedule. Daylight hours are dedicated to actually making on site, while drawing, and building in the shop could take place at night, or when the weather is too difficult to manage.