Project 3: Tri-Section (Set)


The third project is simply to make a highly detailed and communicative measured drawing, based on detailed observations and measurements in Reykjavik. The drawing will cut through your chosen site and the city to explore the inter-connection between performers, audience, occupation, environment, the city and the extreme transitional landscape of Iceland, through multiple scales.  The drawing will define your site, reading of the place, and form a critical point of departure for the “Performance” project.

The Greek word for ‘section’ is derived from ‘temenos’, which means ‘temple’ refering to ‘a sacred piece of land cut off from the rest’. So a section is in a sense a sacred act, revealing the unobtainable and hidden through the act of a theoretical cut perpendicular to the ground through the space we occupy and experience. Organized by gravity, a section uncovers the connection to the Earth, and in Reykjavik the relationship between place, people (audience), and the restless tectonic plates and volcanic activity of the Icelandic landscape (performer).



  1. Accurately and beautifully draw three sections through your site at three scales: 1:1000, 1:100 and 1:10 to reveal hidden spaces, activities, audiences, performers, constructions, and relationships between city fabric and sense of place.  Use each scale to relate large scale events, activities and organization to local responses and implications
  2. Accurately and beautifully draw a plan of your fragment of Reykjavik at an appropriate scale (1:100/1:1000) to define the extent of the site and location/direction of the sections
  3. Compose the section and plan drawings within a single highly detailed hybrid “Tri-Section” to communicate your reading of the place
  4. Consider and analyze your chosen fragment of Reykjavik by curating your survey data, photographs, sketches, samples, and research to support and inform the Tri-Section


Define the extent of the site, and make a highly detailed measured survey: dimensioned sketches, photos, rubbings, annotated maps, collected fragments…

Explore, research and document your reading(s) of the place, community and culture

Observe and record the activity and occupation of the place, look in detail and at the wider connections to the urban and social fabric, referring to Justin’s Site analysis Check-list

Choose sections which most clearly reveal your reading of the place

Identify what you can measure and that is known, and speculate about the rest

Before drawing, make free-hand sketches for each element of the Tri-Section

Use the act of drawing as a tool to explore and interrogate the site and the city, working it out as you work into the drawings

Expect to work-over and re-draw your drawings many times before they are complete

Use all the necessary signs, symbols and drawing conventions to clarify your drawings: north-point, scale-bar(s), annotation

Use whatever techniques and media best capture your ideas

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What makes the chosen section unique? what is revealed? what are the connections? what is the extent?

How do you distinguish between the material that is “cut” and surfaces revealed in elevation?

Your section cuts through materials offering differing resistance and density, how can this be described?

How do you distinguish between known and unknown conditions? between fact, estimation and fiction?

How might the boundaries between public/private, salty/sweet, humid/dry…be communicated


Field Work             1st-5th Nov

Tutorials                 9th, 12th, 16th Nov

Review                  19th Nov


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