Metropolis’s Best of 2018: Drawing and Representation

If this past year taught us anything, it's that social, technological, and historical context is essential to understanding drawing and representation today.
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Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Study for “Critical Holder,” 1990 Courtesy the Estate of Madeline Gins/ Nicholas Knight / Columbia GSAP


As 2018 concludes, we’re revisiting this year’s top stories: from products to drawings, buildings, controversies, and more. Enjoy the selection below, but be sure to find our other “Best of 2018” lists as they come online!

How architects and designers represent their work is essential. But if 2018 taught us anything, it’s not just about what’s on the page—it’s about all the social, technological, and historical context around it. “Hip-Hop Architecture’s Philip Johnson Moment” explored how architects are using drawing to forge a new hip hop–focused canon. Meanwhile, in Stockholm, ArkDes’s Value in the Virtual previewed how virtual and augmented reality will revolutionize how we experience the built environment. Of course, history still looms large—”The Chic Indifference of Post-Digital Drawing” traced the evolution of post-digital drawing to help question its current value. See all our “Best Articles of 2018: Drawing and Representation” selections below!

You may also enjoy “Metropolis’s Best of 2018: The 5 Objects and Exhibitions That Represented This Year.”

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