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Title: Drawing the unbuildable
Author: Cridge, Nerma Prnjavorac
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 9218
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2012
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As suggested in the title, this thesis examines architectural drawings outside of what can be defined as the conventional architectural domain - the buildable. Starting with an almost complete absence of the plan and the ubiquitous presence of perspective in the representations of the unbuildable, a number of different traits will be defined. Both, the unbuildable and the buildable, are revealed as working distinctly, but importantly, not in opposition to one another. In fact, they will frequently be found to operate in a complementary fashion. Selected from immediate post-revolutionary Soviet Russia, the period taken as the peak of the projects of the unbuildable, detailed case studies will include Tatlin's Tower and the Palace of the Soviets. Despite these examples being purportedly amongst the best-known architectural projects ever conceived, the in-depth analysis will demonstrate, somewhat paradoxically, that not much about them can be claimed for certain. Such projects are going to be shown to have an ability to exist at multiple scales, in many locations, repeated and copied as a reference or through multiple associations. Speculations on Lissitzky's Cloud Stirrups will form the basis for the discussion on the architectural series. Here, Piranesi's Career; will be proposed as the pioneering, if not the very first example of architectural drawing as a series. The discussion of the reproduction, repetition and seriality will culminate in the final example - Lakov Chernikhov's opus. One of the several concluding suggestions will include that the buildable may continue to increasingly resemble the unbuildable, mimicking its traits such as scalessness, existing on multiple sites and excessive visuality. This has the potential to make the distinction between the two more blurred, and even eventually abolished, meaning that every building in part becomes unbuildable, and vice versa.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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