DISEGNO 2018 – Mastery and uncertainty: the drawings of architecture – International colloquium and exhibition,

DISEGNO 2018 – Mastery and uncertainty: the drawings of architecture

An international colloquium and exhibition,

organized by the LOCI Faculty, University of Louvain (B), Drawing Matter and ARENA


Tournai (B), 18-20 January 2018

On the premises of the new UCLouvain Architecture campus by Aires Mateus


“Drawing” : a set of graphic signs that organize a surface.

Le Petit Robert 2014


What is the locus of control of design? Although there are many possible answers to this question, drawing is inescapable. Even so, a host of other questions emerge. For instance, if drawing is the locus of control, then what is the “work” of drawing, what is its productivity? To what extent is the medium the message? How should we navigate the dialectic between the slowness of iterations in physical drawing and the instantaneity of the machine? Are we witnessing the “Death of Drawing” (Scheer, 2014; see also the Yale symposium of 2012)? Is there a shift in the cartography of the discipline? How have schools managed recent changes? Is the profession fundamentally different now? And how should architectural theory adapt to drawing’s evolving status?

In order to be considered for participation, please submit either or both of the following :

  • a selected drawing portfolio (max. 5 JPG or PDF images)
  • an abstract of 300 words or less, in English or French

by June 1, 2017, to this site (abstract submission). Abstracts and drawings will be anonymously selected and authors notified by July 31, 2017.

Authors of accepted drawings will be asked to furnish originals or high-quality prints in due time for the exhibition. It is our intention to create a dialogue between these drawings and a selection of drawings from the Drawing Matter collection (www.drawingmatter.org), in collaboration with the collector Niall Hobhouse and a small team of co-curators. Full papers will be expected on or before October 31, 2017, in order to allow time for production of the conference booklet.


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