Title: Imagine: drawing and writing: pedagogical routes around the project with Javier Seguí. (2016)
- Author(s): María José Almeida Brito Dos Santos.
- Director(s): Atxu Amann Alcocer.
- Summary: In the teaching of architecture, drawing is traditionally a propedeutic subject that requires years of training until it achieves the skill necessary to become a configuration tool and communication language of the project. The requirement of a mastery of eminently instrumental drawing is the one found in 1957 by Javier Seguí, when he entered the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, and also in 1974, when he obtained the chair of the subject of Shape Analysis Architectural after trying, without success, the chair of the subject Architectural Projects. Since then, and for thirty-nine years as a professor, he has been a professor in the now-called Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation – a grouping of subjects in an area of knowledge – working together with a group of colleagues and students who try to develop a process of fundamental change in the teaching of drawing to abandon the pure representation and turn it into drawing to project. Javier Seguí retired in 2010. Separated from teaching and official research, he continues to draw and write, in order to systematize and base all those practices developed and claim the functioning of the imagination. This research activity, from an extreme strangeness, allows to develop both a list of operational-imaginary techniques of starting the processes of projecting, as well as reflecting and recovering some practices developed from the zero degree and the Radicality. This research addresses the teaching practice of Javier Seguí, bringing it to his research production from his own drawings, writings and conversations held at a time when the crisis of the subject of drawing is evident in a university context disoriented, which sees the failure of change that I dreamed of half a century ago.
- Abstract: In the teaching of architecture, drawing has traditionally been a propaedeutic subject requiring years of training to achieve the necessary skill to become a language and communication tool for project configuration. The requirement of a drawing domain aseminently instrumental is what Javier Seguí found in 1957 when he had entered the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, and also in 1974, when he was awarded the position of Chair of Analysis of Architectural Forms after trying, unsuccessfully, the Chair of Architectural Projects. Since then, and for thirty-nine years as a Professor, he has taught at what is now called the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation – group of subjects framed as a knowledge area -, in collaboration with a group of colleagues and students who try to develop a process of fundamental change in the teaching of drawing, through the abandonment of pure representation to transform drawing into a project. Javier Seguí retired in 2010. Separated from official teaching and research, he maintains a consistent practice of drawing and writing, in order to systematize and substantiate all practices developed and claim the use of the imagination. This research activity, from a one end distance, allows both a list of imaginary operational techniques to the start-up project processes, as much as recovering some practices developed from scratch and of a radical technical degree. This research addresses the teaching practice of Javier Segui, linking its research output of their own drawings, writings and conversations in a moment in which the crisis of the drawing subject is evident in a disoriented university context, the demonstrating the failure of the exchange that I’ve dreamed of since half a century ago.
- Link: http://oa.upm.es/41484