School of Architecture Centenary: 3. Observe and Record

100 years/100 books: School of Architecture Centenary, 1917-2017

Library Exhibition Series No. 3 OBSERVE AND RECORD

plates from John Ruskin Stones of Venice

Left: John Ruskin. Stones of Venice. Plate VIII- ‘Decoration by Disks. Palazzo dei Badoari Partecipazzi’. Volume the First / The Foundations.
Right: John Ruskin. Stones of Venice. Plate V- ‘Archivolt in the Duomo of Murano’. Volume the Second / Sea Stories.

Currently in the Architecture and Planning Library we have the third instalment in the series looking at ‘the architecture book’, curated by Michael Milojevic, School of Architecture and Planning Professional Teaching Fellow; Sarah Cox, Architecture Archivist and Fiona Lamont, Library Assistant.

Observe and Record presents a rich array from the Architecture and Planning Library highlighting the study and documentation of traditional/vernacular, ancient and medieval architecture.

We are displaying key publications from the 18th century ‘discovery’, illustration and precise recording of ancient sites in the Mediterranean Basin. These demonstrate the role of architectural fieldwork, travel and education.

The 19th century brought a flood of documentation of previously unpublished sites and buildings worldwide. We display French and British publications demonstrating the spread of architectural interest in other architectures, such as: Japan, Switzerland, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, India and England.

Edward Sylvester Morse. Japanese homes and their surroundings.

Edward Sylvester Morse. Japanese homes and their surroundings. pp. 228-229.

Four items from the 20th century, which highlight the growing use of new orthographic representation, are also on display. These include isometric drawings, worm’s eye perspectives, and exploded axonometric drawings, as well as publication technology, primarily photography and colour printing, used to record and interpret old buildings.

Observe and Record will be on display at the Architecture and Planning Library until mid-June 2017.

Johanna Holzke, Library Assistant, Architecture and Planning Library

Christopher Dresser. Studies in Design.

Christopher Dresser. Studies in Design

References

John Ruskin. Stones of Venice. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1858-1867.

Edward Sylvester Morse. Japanese homes and their surroundings. Boston: Ticknor and Co. 1886.

Christopher Dresser. Studies in Design. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1876.

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