Fantastic Realities
translations of thought through drawing
University of British Columbia
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

LARC582  Graduate Elective
Option Studio
Teaching Faculty: Fionn Byrne
This course is interested in examining architectural representation as both a means and an end of design
thinking. Visual representation plays this dual role in the design process by ideating design alternatives on the
one hand and communicating design intent on the other. Correspondingly, this seminar will focus on developing
proficiency in technical drawing and physical modeling through completing of a series of six design exercises
over the term. Each exercise will be two weeks long and will produce one primary deliverable. A high emphasis
will be placed on experiments, abstractions, transformations, and translations in drawing between the individual
exercises, which will seek to motivate critical dialogue and point to new, unanticipated, and at times impossible,
formal and spatial outcomes. Informal pin-ups and class discussions will help to illustrate the ways in which
thoughts generate drawings and, alternatively, the ways in which drawings generate thoughts. The class will also
serve as an exercise in critiquing drawing and evaluating space and form.
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