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Megadrawings on View at DTLA Art Walk

A collection of life-sized Megadrawings produced by students in the design documentation class led by SCI-Arc faculty Tom Wiscombe and Herwig Baumgartner will be on view next Thursday, December 12 during the monthly Downtown LA Art Walk. The exhibition of student work will be hosted at the Farmers and Merchants Bank building from 6-10pm.

Megadrawings pin-up at SCI-Arc for the Design Documentation class led by Tom Wiscombe and Herwig Baumgartner

This semester, Wiscombe and Baumgartner’s class took a new approach to Design Development as it is conventionally understood in architectural practice. Their approach was a disciplinary one, where they challenged representational dogmas and searched for relevancy in an era where documentation of design and manufacturing are in flux and are increasingly based on three-dimensional live data. While BIM is an important development in this regard, the aim of the class was rather to re-think how students could communicate design intent in innovative ways which exceed the design object itself.

Students re-considered drawing in terms of plastic surgery and magnetic resonance imaging, where things can be hacked apart, peeled away, cut away, sliced, and exploded. Cuts were no longer flat as in conventional plans and sections, but warped and active. The class attempted to combine different ontologies, where things might be represented in terms of their profile, silhouette, internal organization, energy, action on other things, depletion, integration, and dis-integration all at the same time.

The end result was the Megadrawing which contains different views, chunks, micro-chunks, components, sizes, descriptions, energies, systems, vantage points, transparencies, materials, colors, and scales. The Art Walk exhibition next week invites visitors to explore these drawings and engage with the several student groups behind each drawing project.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank building is located at 401 S. Main Street. Doors open at 6pm.