Mark Wigley – The Strange Time of the Sketch

Lecture date: 1997-11-03

Architects make sketches – or so we are told. Our discourse endlessly circles around a few twitchy lines. Seemingly fragile drawings turn out to be extraordinarily resilient and infinitely strange. Using the work of Enric Miralles as a starting point, Mark Wigley rethinks the role of the sketch in the electronic age.

Wrigley is the author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derridas Haunt; White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture; and Constants New Babylon. In 1988 he co-curated – with Philip Johnson – the influential Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 1987 to 1999 he taught at Princeton University, where he became director of Graduate Studies in 1997. In 2003 he succeeded Bernard Tschumi as Dean of Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.