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Theoretical Papers

Vol. 4 No. 1 (2019): Visual Spaces of Change: Unveiling the Publicness of Urban Space through Photography and Image

Photocreation as a propeller to upcoming new urban and spatial utopias




From its invention to nowadays, the act of drawing regarding architecture, has mostly played the role of strictly describing spaces. The arrangement of rigorous lines in order to describe a space just as exact as it can be, so its outcome walks the closest to what was envisioned by the artist.

Thus, a parallel between the way the drawing, understood as a tool, sets the overly pragmatic frame within the production of space expresses itself today, and the contemporary paralysis regarding the hypothetical upcoming of new utopias.

Therefore, the essay proposes the architectural drawing, mainly through the photo creation technique, in other words the combination of photography with graphic edition, also as a possible tool to propel to a state of creative design process, establishing relations with the work of Rossi, Piranesi, De Chirico, the Archigram group and others, and highlights the necessity of upcoming new urban and spatial utopias to the constant development of the discipline, just as it may be observed throughout its history.