In-Between: Architectural Drawing and Imaginative Knowledge in Islamic and Western Traditions (Ashgate Studies in Architecture)

In-Between: Architectural Drawing and Imaginative Knowledge in Islamic and Western Traditions (Ashgate Studies in Architecture)

By: Hooman Koliji (author), Dr. Eamonn Canniffe (series_editor)Hardback

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Contemporary technical architectural drawings, in establishing a direct relationship between the drawing and its object, tend to privilege the visible physical world at the expense of the invisible intangible ideas and concepts, including that of the designer's imagination. As a result, drawing may become a utilitarian tool for documentation, devoid of any meaningful value in terms of a kind of knowledge that could potentially link the visible and invisible. This book argues that design drawings should be recognized as intermediaries, mediating between the world of ideas and the world of things, spanning the intangible and tangible. The notion of the 'Imaginal' as an intermediary between the invisible and visible is discussed, showing how architectural drawings lend themselves to this notion by performing as creative agents contributing not only to the physical world but also penetrating the realm of concepts. The book argues that this 'in-between' quality to architectural drawing is essential and that it is critical to perceive drawings as subtle bodies that hold physical attributes (for example, form, proportion, color), highly evocative, yet with no matter. Focusing on Islamic geometric architectural drawings, both historical and contemporary, it draws on key philosophical and conceptual notions of imagination from the Islamic tradition as these relate to the creative act. In doing so, this book not only makes important insights into the design process and act of architectural representation, but more broadly it adds to debates on philosophies of the imagination, linking both Western and Islamic traditions.

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Hooman Koliji, University of Maryland, USA.


Contents: Prologue: imaginative drawing and the in-between. Part 1 Between Sense and Imagination: Synopsis; Preamble on imagination; The creative field of imagination; Poetics of the imaginal. Part 2 Between Idea and Thing: Visual representation and culture in the Islamic world; The intermediary meditative field of geometry; Imaginative inhabitation of the geometric mode of girih; Geometric mode: from aesthetics to metaphysics of being. Part 3 Between Inside and Outside: Window as girih; Inhabiting the space of orosi window. Epilogue: the window of drawing; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 11/08/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781472438683
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781472438683
  • weight: 756
  • ISBN10: 147243868X

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