The Working Drawing
The Architect's Tool
The first comprehensive book on a rarely published architectural topic.
- Out of Print
1st edition, 2013
328 pages, 262 color and 77 b/w illustrations
24.5 x 32.5 cm
Large-size working drawings are an elementary means in the architectural process and the actual construction of a building. Yet very little has been written and published about the architect’s quintessential tool. This new book aims to close this gap. It draws on a vast collection of working drawings from many centuries held by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). The collection, put together and categorized under the direction of Annette Spiro, comprises plans for a wide range of architectural tasks and features manifold representational techniques.
The book presents around 100 of the collection’s highlights from five centuries, arranged by category for direct comparison. All plans are depicted entirely in color on large-size spreads and fold-outs. Full catalog details and a detail in true size are provided for each drawing.
Mario Carpo, Hermann Czech, Tom Emerson, Philipp Esch, David Ganzoni, Uta Hassler & Daniel Stockhammer, Ákos Moravánszky, Urs Primas, Kornel Ringli, Stephan Rutishauser, Jonathan Sergison, and Philip Ursprung contribute essays on various aspects of the topic.
Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2014.
Designed by Esther Rieser.
"This exquisite history celebrates the enduring, pivotal role of the working drawing. […] There is an archival quality to the book with its thick paper and excellent print quality, the way it emphasises the scribbled note and rubbed-out line as much as anything else, a sense of deep concern that we should not forget the craftsmanship, and the act of making that was involved in many of these drawings." Adam Nathaniel Furman, RIBA Journal, 2014
"Should you however wish to put politics aside and return to the art of building, you can contemplate the soberly named The Working Drawing. I can’t honestly recommend this for people with only a passing interest in architecture, but for those passionate or nerdy about the subject it is a quite beautiful collection of the drawings architects make to communicate their ideas to builders." Rowan Moore, The Guardian, The best architecture books of 2014