Not all projects we work on get built, this is of course on one hand sad as we would obviously like to realize all our projects but on the other hand studies often lead to new projects or throw up exciting new ideas and inspire and influence other projects that are in the making. The architectural study is a phenomena in its self. The drawing or the exploratory model is a major part of working on studies. In the history and theory of architecture one often finds famous drawings of unbuilt projects that continue to inspire generations of architects and students of architecture years and generations after their execution.
The first drawing
Very often I look at the very first drawing or sketch that I did for a project when its completed, or even several years later, and I am truly amazed how much architecture, how much information, how much of the essence of the finished work can already be seen in the first tentative lines on paper or in computer. The idea, the vision, the experience, compacted in the initial drawing is an indication of how our minds deal with complex problems. The intuitive reduction of information that captures the core idea and yet leaves room for development and interpretation is the strength of the initial sketch. It can say everything and yet it is open and flexible to further development. It is this challenge that architect and designer faces to protect the truth, the nucleus, the spirit, caught in the initial drawing and to decipher its meaning, its message, to discover the complexities hidden over the longevity of the design process and to deliver the project that is rooted in authenticity. Along the way to completion of the project, the study, the idea, must be tested again and again to destruction and be reborn stronger in the process of making. I have therefore favorite drawings and studies of projects executed and not executed, competitions won and lost, that continue to inspire and test my understanding of architecture and design by their existence. A drawing is worth a thousand words.