Jack Lodge – BA (Hons) Architecture

“Being one of the 5 curators of MAP this year has been a fantastic experience.

Curating architectural exhibitions from the experience of studying architecture is intensive, enjoyable and ultimately very rewarding work. After finishing second year and working as a team member with four fellow AUB Architecture students during the summer and into December, MAP 2014 has been excellent because we used all of our skillsets and kind of put them together into one project, which I find really fascinating.

The exhibition at the Lighthouse was our fourth MAP 2014 curatorial project in 2014. We did these exhibitions through the use of different media and materials, which included installation, casting, making, architectural drawing, music, and projectors, so there is a variety of expression through our curation of the work.

My focus was primarily on architectural drawings, which are essentially a way of communicating MAP. I have stripped back how visualisations in architecture are perceived and expressed and I thought about and analysed some of the history of how to communicate good ideas in a 5000 word written study. Consequently, the concept utilised in MAP was to create a series of jottings as impulse sketches that take only 60 seconds each and I created over 2000 sketches just for this project. I used a 25-meter long roll of architectural tracing paper, and the drawings are all done in ink with pens and then presented within an up-lighted box made from layers of hardwood and plywood crafted from offcuts.

By analysing and then reconstructing through a process of distillation the architectural work of my cohort of fellow students in jottings, I was editing and expressing what I was thinking through the use of very quick drawings, which can be subconscious and intuitive. When you look back at them as a scroll, you can see what you were thinking. Work like this shows the importance of every line because you are not just drawing lines, you’re thinking about the lines – where they go and what they represent. In this context, the architect Juhani Pallasmaa stated the following:

 

The pencil in the architect’s hand is a bridge between the imagining mind and the image that appears on the sheet of paper; in the ecstasy of work, the draughtsman forgets both his hand and the pencil, and the image emerges as if it were an automatic projection of the imagining.

Pallasmaa, J. (2009). The Thinking Hand. New York: John Wiley & Sons. p.17.