Metamorphic Approach in Architecture: Evocatively Different or Semi-camouflaged as against Mimicry in the Name of Artwork to Evoke Architectural/Artistic Identity


The phenomenon of metamorphosis can be associated with any object, organism, or structure gradually and progressively going through the change of systemic or morphological form. This phenomenon can be integrated while teaching drawing to architecture students. Most of us can recall the excitement of moving into a “new” reality because discoveries were awaiting us behind every closet door, new places to hide, new places to cordon off and call our own, special places where we imagine our dreams. As an example consider the “layering of a detailed drawing of an Islamic Miniature over a detailed architectural plan of a religious historical prayer rug of comparable proportion such that the two drawings, though at markedly different scales could “dialectically converse with one another” and through their mutual dialect, and contradictions across the scales and they can start to adopt the analogous roles of an “a metamorphosed third reality” and the amalgamation of cognitive analog. The process in these drawings takes time and while doing so, it keeps transforming itself with each new thought, each new idea, and each new realization like a dialogue, a conversation we are having with ourselves. We go through many “drawings” that helped us draw the architectural imaginations from this architecturally charged artwork.


Hassan Wajid
Assistant Professor, Architecture, Institute for Art and Culture, Punjab, Pakistan


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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Visual Design


Drawings, Imagination, Interdisciplinary, Interpretation, Metamorphosis

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