|M.Sc Student||Corren Nurit|
|Subject||The Sketch Tool of Conception and Representation in the Earl|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Robertmaurice Oxman|
The sketch - a type of drawing characterized by it’s rough preliminary form, is commonly used in the early stages of design. This research is concerned with a conceptual discussion of the sketch. The research method is a comparative literature survey which presents and analyzes various theoretical attitudes towards the sketch and it’s relation to the design process.
The sketch is discussed in literature as a medium of representation. Representation is regarded by many authors to be a perquisite of design as well as the means by which the architectural concept is formed. The principle functions attributed to representation in design are: conceptualization, simulation and symbolization
Representation by the sketch involves three interrelated operations - drawing, perceiving and designing. These operations are analyzed in relation to the principle functions of representation in design. Each of the operations is first discussed theoretically; then theoretical attitudes are implemented in a detailed and illustrated analysis of the sketch itself.
The research concludes with a summary of concepts relating to the sketch as a form of representation in design. These concepts form a comprehensive description of the sketch. They may also serve to clarify the link between architectural thought and it’s means in general, as well as offer a theoretical base for evaluating alternative mediums for design thinking.