Edited by Laura Allen and Luke Caspar Pearson

Riverside Architectural Press
288 pp col. throughout 10 x 9.5 in softcover  
$34.99 Can. $34.99 U.S.
December 2016
This compendium of projects, writings and interviews focuses on how the field of drawing expands synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. Despite numerous developments in technological manufacture and computational design that provide new grounds for designers, the act of drawing still plays a central role as a vehicle for speculation. In reflection of a society now underpinned by computational networks and interfaces allowing hitherto unprecedented views of the world, the changing status of the drawing and its representation as a political act demands a platform for reflection and innovation. Drawing Futures critically reassess the act of drawing and where its future may lie. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the book discusses how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas. Drawings seduce, and the drawings in this book are tantalising evidence of this. Yet the aim of Drawing Futures is to illustrate how drawing works as an abundantly rich, diverse, inventive, critical and serious research domain. In this regard, it is a ground-breaking study of the point and promise of drawing; a first of its kind, which both explores the microscopic detail of the craft and envisions the radical possibilities inherent in its expression. The academics, artists and architects whose work lies within conceive of drawing as a rigorous, liberating form of expression. Their contributions work together as a manifesto for the future of an artform that is capable of both utter simplicity and infinite complexity.

Published to accompany the international conference of the same name held at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (United Kingdom) in November 2016. Laura Allen is Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and cofounder of the design practice, Smout Allen. Luke Caspar Pearson is a designer and teacher at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and founding partner of You+Pea, a design research practice.

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