Drawing as a “critical act”: fiction and the unconventional architecture of Lebbeus Woods

Köken, Burcu
This thesis, essentially aims to explore the processes of architecture production by focusing on political motive forces; through the utilization of a crucially assigned medium, the “drawing.” It will be an inquiry into drawing as a creative and “critical” architectural product. The significance of the drawing, not solely as an instrument for architecture, but also as an entity itself, had mentioned by Diana Agrest, as she describes “architectural production” in three subtitles which she calls “texts”: writing, drawing and building. Therefore, following Agrest’s claim, the drawings of the American architect Lebbeus Woods will be investigated along with the fundamental notions of Woods’ controversial and “unconventional” architecture. His drawings, as representations of the politics of/in architecture will be analyzed and it will be elaborated by conducting a discussion on “fiction,” along with the terms of Woods’s own vocabulary “heterarchy” and “freespace,” which they constitute the essentials of his projects. Woods’s architecture will be discussed along with the theoretical background that is introduced, including the terminology that Woods had established through his various projects. Each term will be unfolded according to Woods’ approach through selected projects. Lastly, “War and Architecture: Sarajevo” project will be discussed and interpreted thoroughly in respect to the framework his works.
Citation Formats
B. Köken, “Drawing as a “critical act”: fiction and the unconventional architecture of Lebbeus Woods,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2015.