The orthographic set: making architecture visible

Türkay, Seray
The meaning of term “representation” has shifted in both relevancy and definition in the discipline of architecture with the introduction of computational design technologies. The assumption of this study is that the selected mode of representation has the power to affect the process of design and even the production of architecture. At the present time, while the discipline is witnessing a change in its tendencies and terminologies, such as from drawing to 3D modeling, from construction to fabrication, and from geometry to topology, it is crucial to look at the “conventions” of architectural representation that are identified through “projections,” and particularly the “orthographic set”. This study aims to challenge the prejudices against the “orthographic set” that consider it to be an ineffective or inadequate tool for representation in the contemporary practice of architecture following the emergence of “digitization”. It is the claim of this thesis that the “orthographic set” is actually a methodology that is still powerful in the visualization of the “rational” thinking processes of design, and is still a highly pertinent technique in the representation and production of architecture. With the arrival of computational design technologies to the practice of architecture, the “visibility” of its representations have started to blur; and considering the dialectics between architectural representation and the architectural object, while Modern Architecture can be assessed as the transformation of the orthographic set into a declaration of a stylistic manifesto, in the digital age the question arises of what makes architecture visible, and whether it is possible to come up with a “new” definition of style.


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Citation Formats
S. Türkay, “The orthographic set: making architecture visible,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2011.