Project 4: Electric Section



Original Brixton Station on Popes Road, 1924


The forth project is to make a beautiful, highly detailed and communicative measured section drawing, that embodies an Architectural idea, based on detailed observations and measurements of the site for the main “Inter-Change” project at Brixton Station on Pope’s Road in Brixton.  The section will cut through the site at two scales, to reveal the inter-connection between the people of Brixton, their cultural identity and activities; and the historic and contemporary urban fabric, environmental conditions, geology, history, myth, legend, fragment and whole.  The drawing will define your site, your reading of the place, and be a critical point of departure for the “Inter-Change” project.


In Greek the word for ‘section’ derives from ‘Temenos’, which means ‘temple’ referring to ‘a sacred piece of land cut off from the rest’, and in a sense drawing a section is a sacred act: making an imagined cut through the space and matter we inhabit, occupy and experience, to unveil the unobtainable and hidden.   A section cut perpendicular to the ground is organized by gravity revealing the connection to the Earth; a section parallel to the ground (a plan) reveals organization and distribution, and by making both “cuts”, one at a large scale and the other at a fine scale, you can explore and reveal the essence of this extraordinary place.



a. Accurately and beautifully draw by hand a section through the site to reveal hidden spaces, activities, participants, exchanges, constructions, and explore the relationship between the sense of place and it’s fabric

b. Accurately and beautifully draw a plan by hand of the site to relate large scale events, activities and organization to local responses and implications, while also defining the extent of the site and locating your section

c. Compose the section and plan drawings within a single highly detailed hybrid “Electric Section” drawing to communicate your idea and reading of the place

d. Consider and analyze your chosen site by curating your survey data, photographs, sketches, samples, and research to support and inform the “Electric Section” drawing



  • Drawing on your Origin, Migration Market, and Treasure projects, consider which part of the Brixton Station, Pope’s Road site is most interesting and relevant to your thinking
  • Choose a section cut-line and plan-level which most clearly reveal your reading of the place
  • 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, communities, cultures and origins
  • Observe and record the activity and occupation of the place, look in detail and at the wider connections to the urban, social and cultural fabric
  • Identify what you can measure and what is known, and speculate about the rest
  • Before drawing, make free-hand sketches for each element of the “Electric Section” drawing
  • Use the act of drawing as a tool to explore and interrogate the place, 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



  • What makes the chosen “cuts” 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, density, temperature, age, material origin, chemical properties 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:  15th December – 1st January

Drawing:  1st January – 25th January

Review:  25th January


Brief:  Unit_G_Treasure_4_Electric Section_revA




Reykjavik Tri-Section, Massine Yallaoui, Unit G 2015