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AHEAD: Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence
April 24–August 2, 2015

One of the most influential figures in 20th-century design education, Alvin Boyarsky championed architecture as an artistic venture, a wide-ranging practice that is as much about drawing and publication as it is about design and construction. During his tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association in London (1971 to 1990), Boyarsky orchestrated an exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as a form of architecture in its own right. The RISD show highlights the impressive collection he assembled: drawings by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Daniel Libeskind, and folios representing the work of Peter Cook, Peter Eisenman, Coop Himmelblau, and Kisa Kawakami, among others. Together, they explore the techniques and spirit of drawing practices that permeated this time of experimentation in architecture worldwide. 

Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), The Pleasure of Architecture, 1983.
Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Boompjes, 1982.
Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1983
Eduardo Paolozzi, Bash, 1971
 
Bernard Tschumi, #4 K Series, 1985.
Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984.
Zaha Hadid, Sperm Table, 1988
Michael Gold, Site plan, typical flats, and view of the tower, from Millbank 1977-81, 1981
 
Superstudio, New-New York, 1969
Nigel Coates, Ski Station, 1982.
Coop Himmelblau, Super Spaces, c. 1969.
Mary Miss, study for Untitled, Bedford Square, London, 1987.
 
Daniel Libeskind, Micromegas, The Garden,1979
Daniel Libeskind, Theatrum Mundi, 1984
John Hejduk, Berlin Masque, 1983.
Franco Purini, The Waste Land (La terra desolata), 1984