A few things going on in my brain today and yesterday…
Yesterday: At work I was thinking how easy it is as an architect to design within the latest fads. Thanks to various blogs and my extensive magazine subscriptions I am getting lots of information about the latest and greatest…but how to design something that won’t date? Hmmm
So at night I can home and pulled off a new book and started to read. It is Twenty Buildings every architect should understand by Simon Unwin. What I read in the introduction is worth writing in my book… so I did that tonight. (Tangential question: is do I have my own architectural voice?)
Today: I am working on a BIG sketch(more about this later) which includes the harbour bridge and the Opera House…so doing a bit of research…what am I actually drawing? Yesterday I worked out accurately how many bays the Harbour Bridge has and how to draw it without looking at it(Confession:most of the time I just guess how many bays it has!)…It made me realise that I really don’t know it or the Opera House very well. So tonight… I got another book off my shelf – Ken Woolley’s wonderful new book on the Opera House.
I really what to read this book…cover to cover! I have never studied this building or even ever really looked at the plan.
Putting these two thoughts together…I need to start drawing the Opera House and studying drawings of it. I am not sure that I will suddenly discover if I have my own architectural voice by doing this …but I will sure have fun!
BTW – I used to be addicted to cross hatching…when I am sketching and designing, cross hatching is a reflex action that helps me think through problems – for some reason tonight I felt in the mood for some.
BTW 2 – I am in a very serious mood for a Friday night aren’t I? Maybe I need a Baroque sketch to finish the night off in style – it is after 11pm after all!