Case Studies: Line

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1. Here the spontaneity of a line drawing is wonderfully illustrated in the sketch for Open House, Malibu, California (1983/1988–1989), by Wolf D. Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky of Coop Himmelb(l)au. The architects call this drawing an explosive sketch. In a process that recalls the Surrealists’ automatic writing from the 1930s, they describe the drawing as having been done with "eyes closed in intense concentration; the hand act[ing] as a seismograph, recording the feelings that the space will evoke." The authors go on to explain that "it was not the details that were important at that moment, but the radiance of light and shadows, ...

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