The history of the plan brings with it a discourse regarding the organization of space. Plans mitigate the abstractions of formal order with the potential events of inhabitation. The drawings in this series attempt to combine known plan organizations in an attempt to frustrate the processes of a single reading, specifically the labyrinth, the object like element, and poché figuration. Although these drawings can be submitted to the methods of typological precedent and formal analysis, the ultimate hope is that they draw the viewer into a close attention rather than a close reading. This is done through the formal repetition of multiple locally symmetrical figures. Slight differences in each figure produce clusters of independence while eliminating the possibility of a tight fit of an overall repetitive pattern. The drawing is further articulated through the use of line to render a shallow depth and a slight oblique displacement that turns the plan into a bas-relief. The result lies somewhere between Piranesi’s Campo Marzio, Baroque poché figuration, locally symmetrical informal flower arrangement, and a infrastructural foundation plan for a future development.
The underlying plan that initiated these drawings was developed for the Lima Museum of Contemporary Art competition. The drawings shown here were done after the building design as purely speculative explorations on a disciplinary theme we saw latent in the design. We call these experiments “post-design speculations”.
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