THE ESTATE OF DRAWING—A PROVISIONAL DOMAIN OR A DOMAIN OF THE PROVISIONAL?
DS 88: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE17), Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, Oslo, Norway, 7 & 8 September 2017
Editor: Berg, Arild; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon; Gulden, Tore; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Pavel, Nenad
Author: Barth, Theodor; Loly, Carsten; Blikstad, Bjřrn; Wislřf, Isak
Institution: 1: Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO); 2: The Oslo School of Architectures and Design (AHO)
Section: New Design Education Paradigms
The Provisional Drawing School was established in Oslo (Norway) in 1818. In 2018 the establishment of the school will be commemorated—at the occasion of the bicentennial—at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. In the historical development that led to the present entity the position of drawing, as an historical estate, has been makeshift and unstable. However, from the 1990s onwards, the development and ubiquity of CAD in Norway arguably shifted the operations of manual drawing to a style of «hand- thinking» in the direction discussed by Petherbridge : “…sociologist Kathryn Henderson claims the importance of sketches for sharing information, in an age of CAD. ‘Sketches are at the heart of design work. They serve as thinking tools to capture ideas on paper where they can be better understood, further analysed and refined and negotiated… Once on paper, sketches serve as talking sketches, collaborative tools for working out ideas with other designers as well as with those in production’.” By extension, the present paper features drawing as mode of inquiry into design—comparing four different approaches of using design to reveal design. By focusing on drawing the paper aims at doing two jobs: a) to compare practices related specifically to identifiable layers (of drawing as a legacy); b) to manifest the broader tendencies of how research is querying the relations between theory and practice, both in our educational- and third cycle- programs.