Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of MArch AA Diploma students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg.

An Oblique Point of View II

Military Projection

During the sixteenth century axonometric drawings where conceived of by military architects. They need to do rapid measurements, and a perspectival drawing could not supply that. “An imperfection of a line could mean the loss of an army” – Diego Gonzales. Precision of drawing was a matter of life and death, disaster and glory. This is not only true for military situations, but many other circumstances we often find ourselves in.

Symbollic Supplements

These days, the smartphone is always with us and serves as a supplement to our perspectival viewpoint. Google maps puts a blue dot in the position of the user. It makes the map infinitely easier to read, but more interestingly, for the first time you can see yourself in a projection. Furthermore, the phone provides other functions such as chatting which has become a second nature. We have developed skills to read nuanced emotions and tone in letters and emojis.