'WWW Drawing' exhibit features hand-made architectural drawings in a digital age

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- From Feb. 20 through March 30, three renowned architects -- Mike Webb, James Wines and Mark West -- will be showcased in an exhibition titled "WWW Drawing," at the Rouse Gallery at Penn State's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The title of the exhibit refers simultaneously to their shared last-name initial, and to the continued significance of hand-made architectural drawings in the digital, World Wide Web era. 

On display are nearly 20 examples of their work, including large-scale graphite-on-canvas drawings ranging from 10-feet to 16-feet wide, photo and paper collages, and pen and ink drawings. Acrylic-on-digital photo collages represent ideas for buildings, as well as imaginary landscapes featuring recognizable architectural elements. The free, public gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All three W’s have had distinguished careers as architects and educators. Webb was a founding member of the influential Archigram Group in London, in the 1960s, and is a professor at the Cooper Union, New York. Wines is the founder and president of SITE Architecture, Art & Design, New York, and a professor of architecture at Penn State. West is a professor of architecture at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, and founder of C.A.S.T., the Center for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University.

The “WWW Drawing” exhibit is part of a suite of projects organized by the Department of Architecture, examining the role of architectural drawing today. From March 29 to 31, Webb, Wines and West will lead a weekend production workshop, in which Penn State students will form teams with each architect to create a collaborative, large-scale drawing on the surfaces of the Stuckeman School building. A video documentary will be made of this workshop.

All three architects are giving individual lectures at the school during the spring semester: West spoke Feb. 6, Webb will speak at 6 p.m. March 27, and Wines’ lecture date will be announced shortly.

In May, following the "WWW Drawing" production weekend, the architects will be joined by Stuckeman School faculty members and invited guest speakers, in a symposium taking place at the Drawing Center, New York, that will examine the developments in contemporary architectural drawing, from pencil to pixel.

An opening reception is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20; the closing reception is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 29. 

For more information, contact Mehrdad Hadighi, head of architecture, hadighi@psu.edu, or Janet Abrams, director of special projects, jya2@psu.edu.


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Last Updated February 21, 2013