Canyon: Drawing Presences from an Undersea Landscape Through Gesture, VR and Sound (2018)

Canyon: Drawing Presences from an Undersea Landscape Through Gesture, VR and Sound.

Authors: Simon Twose*, Jules Moloney, Lawrence Harvey

The 5th International Conference on Architecture and Built Environment with AWARDs Conference S.ARCH Conference – The Way It’s Meant to Be. 22-24 May, 2018, Venice, Italy

Abstract

Canyon is a project in experimental drawing; it distils architectural ideas from the dynamic undersea landscape of Kaikōura Canyon, Aotearoa, New Zealand. The experiment draws atmospheric qualities from the unseen topography and vast body of water of the canyon, recently jolted by huge forces in the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.  Canyon extends ideation through drawing via a novel hybrid of hand sketches, soundscapes and virtual reality (VR). The ominous scale and power of this marine landscape is distilled through these hybrid drawings, which allow abstract architectural possibilities to emerge from the massive subject matter. The Canyon project contributes to research into architectural drawing and architecture’s relation to landscape: drawing is expanded as a hybrid medium, able to distil poetic knowledge through multiple sensory platforms; and the marine landscape, as a poetic drawn through this hybrid technique, is reoriented as New Zealand’s powerful and enduring architecture.

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