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Draw of a Drawing (2020)
Book Chapter
Banou, S. (in press). Draw of a Drawing. In D. Hallama, R. Liptau, A. K. Hougaard, G. Lidia, S. Ammon, C. Rikke Lyngsø, & E. Drach (Eds.), Artefakte des Entwerfens (182-191). Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin

Draw of a Drawing is a transcription of the installation Kaleidoscopic City (a survey of Edinburgh focused on the transitory elements of the urban). As such it marks the moment that the elements of the survey are projected upon a single surface. Und... Read More about Draw of a Drawing.

The architectural virtual: From language to experience (2020)
Book Chapter
Banou, S. (2020). The architectural virtual: From language to experience. In M. Søberg, & A. Hougaard (Eds.), The Arftul Plan: Architectural Drawing Reconfigured (206-221). Basel/Berlin/Boston: Birkhäuser

In recent decades, architecture has persistently engaged with defining its relationship to digitization. The practice of architectural drawing has often been at the centre of this discussion, which has questioned its relevance by putting emphasis on... Read More about The architectural virtual: From language to experience.

Out of place and off the grid: Dwelling on the architectural image (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2019, December). Out of place and off the grid: Dwelling on the architectural image. Paper presented at Creativity and reality: The art of building future cities, 1st International Conference on Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Dipartimento di Architettura e Progetto, Rome, Italy

This paper looks into the concept of displacement as sketched out by the changing conditions of living in and experiencing the city, in the context of a digitised visual culture. As the city is now changing not through the physicality of form but thr... Read More about Out of place and off the grid: Dwelling on the architectural image.

Architectures of Drawing: critical drawing as spatial practice (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2019, November). Architectures of Drawing: critical drawing as spatial practice. Paper presented at UWE Drawing Research Symposium, Arnolfini, Bristol

Architectural drawing relies on long lasting traditions of projective abstraction. Often compared to such analogical processes of thinking as translation from drawing to building (Evans), these conventions define rules for constructing but also for f... Read More about Architectures of Drawing: critical drawing as spatial practice.

The Intimate Archive: Rural Excursions in Drawing (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2019, June). The Intimate Archive: Rural Excursions in Drawing. Paper presented at Frascari Symposium IV, The Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting, and Displaying, Kingston School of Art, London

In the Summer of 2017 I spent a week in a store in Shatwell Farm, situated in a North Somerset valley. Redesigned in 2014 by Hugh Strange in 2014, the barn is home to the collection of drawings, models and other architectural paraphernalia that Drawi... Read More about The Intimate Archive: Rural Excursions in Drawing.

Installation/Drawing: Spaces of representation between art and architecture (2019)
Book Chapter
Banou, S. (in press). Installation/Drawing: Spaces of representation between art and architecture. In K. Chorpening, & R. Fortnum (Eds.), Companion to Contemporary DrawingWiley Blackwell

The text examines recent practices of expanding drawing from surfaces into three-dimensional constructs, through a review of drawing practices across architecture, installation art and land art. In particular, installations and architectural drawings... Read More about Installation/Drawing: Spaces of representation between art and architecture.

Picture perfect: Maps and other measures of the contemporary city (2018)
Journal Article
Banou, S. (2018). Picture perfect: Maps and other measures of the contemporary city. lo Squaderno, 50,

Jorge Luis Borges’ short story ‘On Exactitude in Science’ (1946) has been referred to innumerous times: it features a map that is repeatedly revisited and scaled up, until it becomes contiguous with its referent object (the territory) and effaces it.... Read More about Picture perfect: Maps and other measures of the contemporary city.

Kaleidoscopic drawing: Sights and sites in the drawing of the city (2018)
Book Chapter
Banou, S. (in press). Kaleidoscopic drawing: Sights and sites in the drawing of the city. In S. Ewing, & I. Troiani (Eds.), Visual Methodologies in Architectural ResearchIntellect

The city’s presence is conventionally described and comprehended in architectural representation and print media through ocular-centric processes of figuration. Yet, the means through which this visualization proceeds is not strictly sensory, and at... Read More about Kaleidoscopic drawing: Sights and sites in the drawing of the city.

How to draw the world: From the plan to an architectural storytelling (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2017, November). How to draw the world: From the plan to an architectural storytelling. Paper presented at European Architectural History Network Conference: The Tools of the Architect

While with contemporary tools of navigation such as Google Maps we are today able to 'hold' the Earth in our hands, our architectural representations are increasingly turning their gaze away form this subject, abandoning the 'aerial' view of the plan... Read More about How to draw the world: From the plan to an architectural storytelling.

Drawn Utopias: From language to experience (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2017, November). Drawn Utopias: From language to experience. Paper presented at Drawing Millions of Plans, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen

Goodbye to Language (Adieu au Langage, 2015), was the first film by Jean-Luc Godard to make use of 3D filming techniques. Its title suggests a conflict between the word and the image while it can also be considered to refer to the concept of langage... Read More about Drawn Utopias: From language to experience.

Textual cities/working drawings: Rereading the space of the drawing (2016)
Book Chapter
Banou, S. (2016). Textual cities/working drawings: Rereading the space of the drawing. In J. Mejía Hernández, S. Oliveira, M. Proosten, & K. Havik (Eds.), Writingplace: Investigations in Architecture and Literature, 206-215. nai010 publishers

The analogy of the text is a common one for space and the city, whether it is referred to in terms of reading, enunciating (De Certeau) or writing it (Serres). In the beginning of the 20th century, the new theories of space-time and the increasing mo... Read More about Textual cities/working drawings: Rereading the space of the drawing.

Drawing the digital: From 'virtual' experiences of spaces to 'real' drawings (2016)
Book Chapter
Banou, S. (2016). Drawing the digital: From 'virtual' experiences of spaces to 'real' drawings. In L. C. Pearson, & L. Allen (Eds.), Drawing Futures: Speculations Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture, 20-27. UCL Press

Over the latter half of the twentieth century the proliferation of images has affected deeply the way we approach and engage with our surroundings, contributing to an increasingly mediated experience of reality. We ‘place’ ourselves in this world not... Read More about Drawing the digital: From 'virtual' experiences of spaces to 'real' drawings.

The city [within] the drawing: The urban in the space of representation (2015)
Journal Article
Banou, S. (2015). The city [within] the drawing: The urban in the space of representation

This paper presents the installation The City [within] The Drawing, the conclusive piece in a series of four installations that engage in exploring the material and temporal limits of architectural drawing conventions. Consisting of both drawn and mo... Read More about The city [within] the drawing: The urban in the space of representation.

Animated gazes: Motion and representation in the kaleidoscopic city (2015)
Journal Article
Banou, S. (2015). Animated gazes: Motion and representation in the kaleidoscopic city

This paper critically addresses modes of graphic representations of the city prevalent in architectural discourse, while seeking new ways to make visible the complex weave of movements that form the contemporary urban condition. The architectural con... Read More about Animated gazes: Motion and representation in the kaleidoscopic city.

Materiality of the Visual: Reimagi(ni)ng the City (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2014, March). Materiality of the Visual: Reimagi(ni)ng the City. Paper presented at What Images Do Symposium, KADK, The Royal Danish Academy Schools of Architecture, Design, Conservation and Visual Art, Copenhagen

The 19th century, was a period of rapid developments in the field of optics with the invention of a series of optical devices that imitated or expanded the capabilities of the eye. The increasing mobility of the world due to the mechanization imposed... Read More about Materiality of the Visual: Reimagi(ni)ng the City.

Kaleidoscopic City: Through the looking lens (2013)
Presentation / Conference
Banou, S. (2013, October). Kaleidoscopic City: Through the looking lens. Presented at Plenitude and Emptiness: Symposium on Architectural Research by Design, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh: Inspace

This project critically addresses the ways that the city has been represented, in architectural practice and beyond, while seeking new ways to articulate the complex unseen weave of movements that forms the contemporary city. As the transition from s... Read More about Kaleidoscopic City: Through the looking lens.


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