Quaderns 2011 – 2016

D'arquitectura i urbanisme

Publicació del Col·legi d'arquitectes de Catalunya

Bloc in Progress

Nora Ancarola_1

We have witnessed a renewed interest on the concept and importance of “representation” in the past years. The increasing number of digital tools, the constant renderization of almost every single project has caught the attention on the importance of drawing as means of architectural communication and how it can be a catalyst of critical thinking.

The project “Bloc in Progress” by Capsa aims to archive and display the notepads of artists in different contexts, including drawings by of painters, comic books of artist and sculptors, draft plans of designers, handmade corrections of poets and writers, notes made by musicians on their scores and architects drawings, among others. They describe the digital archive with the following words:

“The website aims to highlight the moment before the artist deems his/her work to be complete, with all the imperfections and nuances it involves.”

Beniamino Servino recently wrote on his book Monumental Need, “There is an assonance between the representation of need and the place of the representation. Between the script [of a play] and the stage. Between the spoken language and the architectural language.” That’s why it is important that this kind of archives exist, because they remind us about this differences, about the importance of how a thought is born, it doesn’t matter if it’s on a notebook or in a napkin. As Raimund Abraham also wrote, “my drawings are real and the are constructed not designed”.

Patum 01. Udeu

Llibreta de treball [2011]. Isabel Banal i Xifré

Andrés Galeano

At the end, we all have grown up surrounded by papers, drawings and words. The wrinkles we can see in the papers are a reflection of time, of life itself. We want to end with a quote taken from the web-site of the symposium Intersections: Architecture and Poetry.

‘We cover the universe with drawings we have lived’
—Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1958.

—Ethel Baraona Pohl, editor.

For more info, please visit CAPS.A. All images taken from Bloc in Progress.

>> Header caption: “Apunts per a una videoinstal·lació perdua” [1991-2011] by Nora Ancarola.

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