Drawing City: City Drawing

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The proposal is for a critical design review open to all ECA PG students who are engaged with working with the city, through design and/or research. The event may also be of interest to PG students working with drawing, techniques of representation and mapping, as practices, and/or as research modes. Representations and drawings of the city, often held in civic archives, or significant public locations, are sites of historic interpretation, and depictions may reveal much about specific events, urban morphology and occupation. Views and viewpoints are consciously constructed with deliberate framing, scope and foregrounding; and images of the city often become how the city is envisaged as an entity, as an idea, and as a site for future speculation in the public imagination. Speculative and inventive drawings and mappings of the city may become inseparable from investigative and inventive propositional design practices (eg. in landscape, architecture, urban design). The review will be structured to offer introductory lectures by ECA staff, followed by short reflective visual and verbal presentations of city drawing: drawing city artefacts, projects and practices which PG students are working with, or may be interested in working with. Alongside researchers and practitioners who work with this topic, participants will be encouraged to engage in collective critical peer review of the work presented. • How this will develop PG students professionally: The event will be treated as a public forum. Participants will be asked to submit a relevant visual presentation and accompanying text. There will be opportunity for feedback • How this will enhance the level of skills: Demonstration of an ability to critically review visual material and to engage with visual analysis and interpretation will be sought. Drawing as research and as a tool of critical inquiry will be explored. • How this will enhance eca PGR community, establishing links between PGT and PGR research: Constructive peer discussion and review will be encouraged. It is imagined that this topic will cross PGT and PGR constituencies through either common interest, or an opportunity for reflection on research methods and practices. This event will feed directly into a forthcoming ECA PGR event: the Shrinking Cities: Expanding Landscapes conference (Lima/Eischeid) to be held in Edinburgh in November 2013, where an exhibition Saltcities: Drawing the city (Ewing/Master of Architecture studio 2012-14) will be staged. The ‘City drawing: drawing city’ critical design review offers an important discursive and social situation in the development of this work as part of PG activity in visual and humanities research.
Period17 Jul 2013
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map