Drawing the impossible build

Aside from writing about graphic design – and attempting to shore-up the hole in finances by covering technology – I also write about architecture. I have been in two minds as to whether or not I should post anything on the Digit blog on the subject.

On the one hand, I honestly believe in the unity of the arts. On the other hand, architecture is a strictly enforced profession with its own jargon and codified rules, so there is the worry that anything I write here will be of limited interest to readers.

I still haven't really made my mind up on the subject but while I was loafing around yesterday, I stumbled upon this: Luke Chandresinghe's Institute of Ideas.

Is architecture that is never intended to be built actually a form of graphic design? Or is it art?

Immediately, I thought of Vladimir Tatlin's Monument to the Third International, an un-built structure from the early days of the Soviet Union (before Zhdanov and Stalin cracked down on non-representational art) that, had anyone tried, would have consumed all of the steel in the country.

Tatlin was a constructivist. Constructivism was an early Russian modernist art movement that stressed the primacy of engineering and came to see art, architecture and industrial design as expressions of one essential, material art-form.

It's an appealing idea and constructivism was instrumental in defining the discipline that we now call graphic design.

And so, the decision was made, for this one subject at least. Un-built and impossible architecture will occasionally get a look in. RIBA has more on Chandresinghe's Institute of Ideas on its Web site. I have no specific comments at this time, simply go and look at the drawings and marvel at them.

Do feel free to comment or email me, if you have anything to say.

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