Describing Architecture

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Extracts from a Graphic Anthropology / Raymond Lucas


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Extracts from a Graphic Anthropology of Namdaemun Market, Seoul

As a demonstration of the approach taken in my work, this ‘graphic anthropology’ takes a complex socially constructed site in central Seoul and attempts to describe it by way of architectural drawing. The aim of this work is to understand more fully the forms of occupation used by vendors in the market, how space is defined and understood through the kit of parts, be they prefabricated carts or ad hoc accretions of crates, tarpaulin and steel frames.

The project is supported and informed by ongoing research into the collaborative potential of architecture and anthropology, developing methodologies which respect and build upon the knowledge traditions of architecture as a discipline.