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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.

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.

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.

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.