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This paper reflects on a practice-led project that examines the relationship between drawing, writing and environmental concerns. This paper, and the artworks discussed wherein, is an encompassing interpretive gesture that tries to make sense of the possibilities that manual work, grassroots sustainability, unconventional architecture and drawing can support in the context of significant anthropogenic global warming. Using a case study of a specific countercultural building manual, the efficacies of paper, drawing and the written word are explored in spatial terms. Specifically, the role of the vernacular is examined in both the realms of architecture and language as key to understanding new possibilities for the production of social space. How can practices of land use be understood through vernacular architectures and environmental grammars? And when does drawing make contact with the physical realm of the world?
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Keywords: Krauss; Lefebvre; concrete poetry; drawing; environment; recycling; social space; vernacular architecture

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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  • Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context. This journal seeks to reestablish the materiality of drawing as a medium at a time when virtual, on-line, electronic media dominates visuality and communication.

    This peer-reviewed publication represents drawing as a significant discipline in its own right and in a diversity of forms: as an experimental practice, as research, as representation and/or documentation, as historical and/or theoretical exploration, as process or as performance. It explores the drawing discipline across fine art, science and engineering, media and communication, psychology, architecture, design, science and technology, textiles, fashion, social and cultural practices.

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