Calendar launches this week, publishing the final part of Maurizio Sacripanti’s short 1953 monograph, Pure Drawing and Architectural Drawing (Il disegno puro e il disegno dell’architettura). Proceeding through a careful historical analysis, the Roman architect considers the evolution of drawing as an architectural instrument and its relationship to architectural thought.
“Architectural drawing,” writes Sacripanti, “is a technical medium for describing a thought that is a priori ‘constructive’ and that in its execution phase will be defined concretely.”
It’s worth rereading these two analyses of modern architectural drawing (written, remember, in 1953):
Drawing as an architectural instrument in the modern sense has become a means of communication, changing its language according to the referent;
‘Architectural fantasy’ drawings constitute a part of an architect’s basic grammar, alongside survey/record drawings and working drawings.