The Draftery is a platform to discuss the role of architectural drawing today. Through three distinct platforms for publishing and commenting on drawings, The Draftery facilitates a multi-disciplinary conversation about how drawings are made and their role in the built environment. Our contributor’s drawings and statements constitute the heart of The Draftery, and every day the community and potential discourse among contemporaneous practitioners broadens, deepens, and has the potential to direct Architecture as a discipline.

The Draftery’s Archive is a digital repository of contemporary drawings; it compiles the work of individual drafters alongside, the technical specifications of their drawings, and their personal rhetoric. Captions is a digital first publication wherein The Draftery invites guest critics from various disciplinary backgrounds to select and comment on drawings from the Archive. Each Caption takes a small selection of drawings out of context, lays them down on a dissection slab exposed in pieces in front of us, and makes a detailed analysis of the use of visual and rhetorical techniques. Finally, The Draftery publishes the journal Figures. Curated around a specific theme, each Figure provides a focused context in which to consider the drawings of a small number of drafters who offer personal statements about the reasoning behind their drawing process. Each Figure opens with one or two essays to present a specific context, after which follows an unannotated series of drawings that respond to this context with their techniques, processes, and visual rhetoric. While we open with words, we let the drawings speak for themselves.

Through these three platforms, The Draftery seeks to demonstrate that drawing, more than mere representation, is a method of acting in the world; that drawings exercise power in the built environment, and that this reality remains inadequately addressed in a world more focused on technological advancement than methodological understanding. Good drawings foster careful reflection of their effects in the world often requiring the same amount of time and attention to both create and read. Our mission is to provide a limited context and pointed commentary on the ways in which drawings engage the world through their making—to dispel the belief that drawing is dead.

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