• M.Arch I (SCI-Arc), B.Sc (School of Interactive Arts and Technology)

  • The Axonometric and the Sketch:
    Pursuing the possibility of an autonomous, yet non-autonomous,
    disciplinary rendering

    The axonometric has enjoyed a long life as a method for disciplinary drawing, a tool for architects to analyze and compare architectures with the utmost of seriousness. In the recent contemporary, the identity of the axonometric and its purpose within the discipline have been thrown into question, coinciding with many of the same questions being asked of the profession as a whole. Meanwhile, tools such as the perspective rendering and the animation have been relied upon to pick up the representational slack, given their ability to describe complex forms more effectively. Despite the reduction in the use of the axonometric, there has been no development of a disciplinary rendering in an effort to utilize its potential for architecture. No progress has been made towards a "drawn" computer rendering that provokes architects to analyze and discuss a project with the same type of disciplinary seriousness as the axonometric. This text explores the possibility of this pursuit, and proposes whether abstracting the concept of the "sketch," and utilizing it with the computer rendering, offers architecture new options for an autonomous, yet non-autonomous, method of drawing.