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Streams of Sketches

Peter Ahrends

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 160

  • Publisher: Right Angle Publishing

  • Date Published: Oct 2017

  • Stock Code: 91937

  • ISBN: 9781999793104

  • Binding: Paperback

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Stream of Sketches features drawings made by Peter Ahrends in the process of designing a selection of 60 different projects at the celebrated architectural practice of Ahrends Burton Koralek.

Intended neither as presentation drawings nor artworks, these personal sketches and accompanying commentaries serve to illuminate how initial ideas and thoughts are explored, tested and developed in the mind of the architect.

While digital design and communication have revolutionised the efficiency with which our built environment is made, ‘Sketches’ reminds us of the continued value of drawing by hand, not only to express a conceptual idea but also as an integral part of a creative thought process.

Each of the featured projects, many of which remained unbuilt, is represented by a selection of drawings and a narrative by Ahrends. Some of the sketches are first ideas made at the outset of a project, some represent random avenues that are later rejected, while others reveal the unfolding development of ideas as a design emerges.

About the Author

Peter Ahrends

Peter Ahrends is one of the most respected architects of his generation. Born in Berlin in 1933, he was raised in South Africa and in 1951 travelled to London to study at the Architectural Association. With fellow students Richard Burton and Paul Koralek he founded Ahrends Burton Koralek in 1961, and together they designed and built Koralek’s competition-winning entry for the Berkeley Library at Trinity College, Dublin. ABK became one of the most distinguished UK architectural practices of the post-war era, winning numerous awards and accolades. Among many appointments, Peter has been chairman of UK Architects Against Apartheid and professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture & Planning at University College London

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