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We are in the second decade of the 21st century and, as with most things, the distinction between digital and analogue has become tired and inappropriate. This is also true in the world of architectural drawing, which paradoxically is enjoying a renaissance supported by the graphic dexterity of the computer. This new fecundity has produced a contemporary glut of stunning architectural drawings and representations that could rival the most recent outpouring of architectural vision in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Indeed, there is much to learn by comparing the then and the now. The contemporary drawing is often about its ability to describe the change, fluctuations and mutability of architecture in relation to the virtual/real 21st-century continuum of architectural space. Times have changed, and the status of the architectural drawing must change with them. This reassessment is well overdue, and this edition of AD will be the catalyst for such re-examination.

  • Features the work of: Pascal Bronner, Bryan Cantley, Peter Cook, Perry Kulper, CJ Lim, Tom Noonan, Dan Slavinsky, Neil Spiller, Peter Wilson, Nancy Wolf, Lebbeus Woods and Mas Yendo.
  • Contributors include: Nic Clear, Mark Garcia, Simon Herron and Mark Morris.


Neil Spiller is Dean at the School of Architecture, Design and Construction at the University of Greenwich and Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory. He was previously Vice Dean and the Graduate Director of Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. A practicing architect, he is founding Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR). He is the author of many publications including Visionary Architecture (2006) and Digital Architecture NOW (2008) for Thames & Hudson. He has guest-edited 5 issues of AD since the seminal Architects in Cyberspace in 1995. He is also an AD board member.


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Neil Spiller


Visual highlights of the issue


Architectural Drawing: Grasping for the Fifth Dimension
Neil Spiller

20 All Night Long: The Architectural Jazz of the Texas Rangers
Mark Morris

28 Emerging Technologies and Drawings: The Futures of Images in Architectural Design
Mark Garcia

36 Two Sides of the Page: The Antifact and the Artefact
Bryan Cantley

44 New Malacovia
Pascal Bronner

50 AVATAR: Nothing is Impossible
Neil Spiller

56 A World Below
Perry Kulper

64 A Two-Speed Landscape: The Reforestation of the Thames Estuary
Tom Noonan

70 Drawing Time
Nic Clear

80 Looking and Drawing
Peter Cook

88 Augmented Landscapes and Delicate Machinery
Mark Smout and Laura Allen

94 Plug-In, Clip-On, Tune-Up: A Throwaway Architecture with Optional Extras
Simon Herron

102 London Short Stories: Drawing Narratives
CJ Lim

108 Dragons Adrift: The New Chinese Landscape
Nancy Wolf

112 The Poetics of the Island of Vessels
Neil Spiller

120 Bildungsroman Series: Architectural Daring for the 21st Century
Dan Slavinsky

124 Could Architectural Drawings Save Us From Philosophical Bankruptcy?
Mas Yendo


The Art of Drawing
Mario Carpo