Lebbeus Woods. Terrain Project. 1999

Lebbeus Woods Terrain Project 1999

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Woods is an architect who uses the sketch as a form of investigation, often devoting a series of drawings to the development of a single idea. Not intended for realization, the forms described in his drawings are speculative departures from current architectural production. They reveal Woods’s concern with an architecture that is able to conceive of what he has called "new types of space." Following his interest in the potential of storms, earthquakes, and sociopolitically disruptive events to inspire new architecture, Woods invents dynamic forms in response to rapidly changing contemporary urban cultures and environments. He depicts fields of expansive energy through extremely dense, dark accumulations of acutely angled lines and shapes that fill the entire page with artificial landscapes and border terrains, offering a critique of the existing architectural landscape by planting the seed for a cultural and material alternative.

Gallery label from 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design, September 12, 2012–March 25, 2013.
Photocopy with felt-tipped marker, ink, colored pencil and cut and pasted printed paper with felt-tipped marker on paper with sanding mounted to board
Each: 19 3/8 x 23 3/8" (49.2 x 59.4 cm)
Craig Robins Purchase Fund
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© 2021 Lebbeus Woods
Architecture and Design

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