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Drawings That Count

AA Agendas 12:
Drawings That Count
Edited by Francesca Hughes, with an interview with Mary Beard and essays by Noam Andrews and David Edgerton

No architectural category is more fickle or more artificial than ‘context’. A self-declared ‘render-free zone’, the unit’s interrogations of architecture’s seminal sites (antiquity, technology, the future and its proxies) examine the role of figuration and the exclusion of indeterminacy in the always already mediated question of context. Through the quiet business of counting, these line drawings – against the double ascendancy of parametricisation and the glossy rendered perspective – question architecture’s ambivalent relations to the artifice it installs between itself and the outside world.