Project 3: Set

The third project is to make a beautiful, highly detailed and communicative measured drawing that embodies an Architectural idea, based on detailed observations and measurements of your chosen site in Delphi or Minster Lovell. The sectional drawing will cut through site, landscape and ruins at two scales, to reveal the inter-connection between performers, audience, occupation, environment, and the historic fragmentary landscape. The drawing will define your site, reading of place, and be a critical point of departure for the “Performance” 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 fabric 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” you can explore the relationship between place, people (audience), archeology, geology, history, myth, legend, actual and imagined, and ruin to the whole.



  1. Accurately and beautifully draw a section through your site at a fine scale: 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, 1:20, 1:50 to reveal hidden spaces, activities, audiences, performers, constructions, and relationships between the fabric and sense of place
  2. Accurately and beautifully draw a plan of your chosen site at a large scale: 1:50, 1:100, 1:200, 1:500 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
  3. Compose the section and plan drawings within a single highly detailed hybrid “Set” drawing to communicate your idea and reading of the place
  4. Consider and analyze your chosen site by curating your survey data, photographs, sketches, samples, and research to support and inform the “Set” drawing



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

Choose a section and plan which most clearly reveals your reading of the place

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

Before drawing, make free-hand sketches for each element of the “Set” 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

Dates:   Field Work             15th – 22nd November

Drawing                 23rd November – 7th/11th December

Review                  Yr3: 8th December         Yr2: 12th December