SUPPORT: Design Studies for Architects is a slice through recent architectural design as seen through the lens of building envelope technology. This collection includes 270 sketches by William Logan from over 80 projects designed by 47 architectural firms including 11 Pritzger Prize winners. It also offers a glimpse of the technical design explorations that are required while a building evolves into its final form.
The projects range from the ground-breaking design of the Centre Pompidou in Paris by Piano and Rogers through collaborations with the pioneering architect and engineer Frei Otto of Germany and the renown structural engineer Peter Rice in London, up until the present day with sketch studies for Diller Scofidio and Renfro, SHOP, B.I.G. and many others.
The drawings are all free-hand and explore structure, envelope and energy as determinants of a building’s final form, but also reveal a dialog with the architect’s design intent. Architecture is about process as well as outcome and the drawings provide a series of snapshots of this exploration.