Architects have for their activities of drawing, writing and building always depended upon the potential of particular tools – ranging from practical instruments such as straight edges, French curves, compasses, rulers and pencils to conceptual tools such as working drawings, collages, photographic surveys, infographics, diagrams, casts and mass models.
As technologies advanced the toolbox of architects has changed and expanded. Today architects have an extraordinary array of sophisticated tools at their disposal but also rely on many of same tools as their 18th and 19th century peers. The quest to find the most appropriate and adequate tools to articulate, test and communicate design ideas has never ended, and in this pursuit architects have appropriated tools from other disciplines, such as art, historiography, sociology, philosophy, computer sciences and engineering, making the tools of the architect a field of intense exploration of the encounter of architecture with other disciplinary perspectives.
Along three thematic lines – The Instruments of the Architect, The Tools of Analysis, The Tools of Intervention – this conference focuses on the changing practical and conceptual tools of the architect and their effect on the logos and praxis of architecture.
The conference is the fifth thematic conference of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), and is organized by Tom Avermaete, Delft University of Technology and Merlijn Hurx, Utrecht University. PriArc scholar Mari Lending presents the keynote lecture “Teaching architecture full scale” on Wednesday 22 November.