Author : Andres Jaime

University : Syracuse University

Status : MArch I, 2015

Advisors : Ed Sichta, Victor Tzen

Title : Visual Translations | From Imagination to Drawing

[ Architectural representation ] is now mostly limited to the communication of conscious intent, fulfilling the sole purpose of mechanically describing appearances that contain no imaginative architectural thinking. The pervasive production of “photo-realistic” images aims less to emulate human phenomenology of perception, but rather that of the photographic camera.

I contend that there is a need for a  [ REconceptualization ] of the relationship between representation and architecture that will allow for a new way of viewing and understanding the complexities of contemporary architecture and its relation to the [ city ] .

This thesis rejects the idea of the traditional use of architectural conventions and the analytical diagram as the only way of understanding architectural complexities, and stresses input of [  imagination ] as an investigative component in a technique that will help shed new light on the way we view and understand the city through representation.

The project is the production of [ visual translations ] inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. The text will be turned into architectural projections that will then have embedded meaning other than just be representations of a subject. The drawings are made by architects for architects, and they aim to provoke architecture.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Andres Jaime_ The important aspect I believe is that it doesn’t matter if the processes (and results) pursued during my research are valid or not, but the fact that the work can trigger a conversation about the issue of representation. It’s not about the answers that the project may bring, but the questions it may produce.
Questions may be about the conscious approach to the design of a drawing, and the lessons to be learned from that. What lessons are those? I really don’t know…

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
AJ_ I like to learn from all aspects of life. From sports to movies and science, reading, and watching movies about topics that make you think and make you NOT think.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
AJ_ Ask questions. Do things.

S//A : Describe your dream project
AJ_ One that has no DEADLINE.