Graphic design and architecture have always been intrinsically connected. Before anything is ever built, a three-dimensional architectural design must be visually documented and presented in two dimensions; the format of the graphic presentation is almost as important as the content itself. The architectural idea should be communicated and strengthened through the way it’s graphically presented. Other than physically visiting a place, the only other way to experience architecture is either on-screen through websites or presentations, or in printed publications like books and magazines.
This connection was recently the focus of an exhibition called Graphic Architecture. It was curated by Warren Taylor of The Narrows and presented at Pin-up, a new architecture and design space in Melbourne. From the Pin-up website, “The exhibition featured local and international contributions of resonant printed material connected to the field of architecture. Curated as a series of ‘clusters’, the collection revealed key moments where the relationship between architecture and the printed form have combined to communicate an explicit architectural intent beyond the traditional boundaries of the profession.
The material collated a diverse range of work – each with an overt gesture drawn from an architectural language and positioned through a sophisticated graphic manner – and sourced from the Architectural Association London, Experimental Jetset, Karel Martens, Fabio Ongarato Design, Archigram, Tomato, AMO, Harry Williamson, Clement Meadmore, Chase & Galley and more.”
Check out more on the exhibition at Pin-up.
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