Walking in the streets of modern cities I'm possessed by a drive of dressing the bare urban environment with its natural garments. These garments are the features that came to light when cities were left to their own development, without the dogmatic restrictions of modern architecture and planning: connected buildings, vertical windows, ornament and more.
Can we keep the advantages of modern architecture and urban design without throwing the baby out with the bath water?
The thin, semi-opaque pages of this sketchbook let the felt-tip markers show through, creating clues for drawings in the verso of the sheet. The hazy smudges produced in the verso looked to me like buildings, I only had to draw lines around the marks consolidating their final shapes and volume. Size: 13 x 8 cm Technique: pencil and felt-tip markers on paper.
Another urban reverie, a neighborhood composed of courtyards, main spaces, alleys. Without any premeditated planning, I just let shapes emerge out of a latent inner collection of urban patterns, absorbed ever since I became interested in places and placemaking. Size: 16 x 11 cm Technique: pencil and felt-tip marker on paper.
A variation of the 'main building' theme. I generally explore a subject for a long time, triggered by some conscious or subconscious source of inspiration, until I feel I learned or exhausted the subject. As a practicing architect, my sketches are a depiction of imaginary, yet feasible places.
The stamps' hinges left ocher marks in the yellowing pages of this old booklet that was long ago used as a family philatelic album, a great starting point for unconscious thoughts to flow into the blank pages and condense into unexpected urban shapes. To a certain extent, his method mimics incremental urban processes, where new layers are build upon previous facts on the ground, frequently reinterpreted by newer intentions or realities.
Size: 19 x 13.5 cm Technique: pencil and old marks found on paper.
Another recurring theme I try to explore in my architectural 'daydreaming' is the essence of traditional composition and its principles, such as symmetry and asymmetry, axiality, hierarchy, focal points, rhythm, repetition. I believe that patterns canonized through history somehow reflect hidden patterns of the mind.
Size: 13 x 12 cm Technique: pencil and watercolor on paper.
Made as a demonstration of the one-point perspective method in spatial visualization, this quick sketch was drafted on an overhead projector, on a sheet of cellulose acetate and a felt-tip black permanent marker.
I like the straightforwardness of this sketch, as well as the resolute indelibility inherent in the use of marker pens.
Size: 20 x 23 cm Technique: felt-tip permanent marker on cellulose acetate film
Some subjects stick in my mind for quite a long time, and I make endless variations of the same theme. This facade-towers-aqueduct-steps theme recurred for a while in my sketchbook. The semi-opaque pages of this sketchbook were too thin to support any watercolor, so I applied a felt-tip marker layer of a warm color for the buildings and a blue layer for the sky.
Size: 13 x 8 cm Technique: pencil and felt-tip markers on paper.
Urban plans is another recurrent theme that pops up obsessively and involuntarily in my daily, compulsive sketching, mostly suggesting cities built incrementally over time, showing layers of grids, landmarks, public spaces, synergies of organic development and formal structures. Although I sketch with no particular purpose, sketching allows a constant research on design themes and a constant training of composition skills.
This sketch surfaced during a phone conversation, a short time upon returning from a study trip to the Oia village in Santorini, Greece. The soft architecture forms and interlocked architectural patterns of the village that were still awake in my memory after returning, unintentionally flew onto that piece of paper left at my desk. The full report of this field course by the Technion's Faculty of Architecture students can be seen here.
Size: 16 x 11 cm Technique: Technical pen on tracing paper