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LTL Architects: Manual of Section

Banvard Gallery / Knowlton Hall
October 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to November 4, 2016 - 5:00pm

Manual of Section

Manual of Section is the first comprehensive book on a fundamental architecture drawing type, an analysis of what it is and what it does. Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis foreground the section not only as a representational technique, ripe with the ability to demonstrate structure, interior space, and form, but also as a key locus of design invention. If the plan absorbs much architectural interest, serving as a means to control function, organization and movement, LTL argues that the section is the critical means for engaging social, environmental, and material questions. Designing and thinking through section establishes a relationship among architectural form, interior space, and site where the consequences of scale are tangible and visceral. As a cut into that which cannot be seen, the section embodies and reveals territories for architectural experimentation and exploration. Sections provide a unique form of knowledge, one that by necessity shifts the emphasis from image to performance, from surface to the intersection of structure and materiality that comprises the tectonic logic of architecture. An introductory essay explicates a typology of section as well as excerpts from a history of section. The body of the book is 63 detailed, cross-section perspectives of buildings that are key to the history of section in contemporary architecture. Conceived as a form of architectural scholarship based on drawings and not primarily texts, these were largely produced by archival research which, paradoxically, attempts to produce a comprehensive representation of that which cannot be seen or verified. Although inherently incomplete these drawings present an approach to analysis that is not based on reductive, dematerialized diagrams but rather a representational technique that foregrounds a more comprehensive complexity as the basis of architectural merit; where the abstraction of the section cut intersects with the inhabitation embodied by the perspective. Released on August 23, 2016, the book sold-out on Amazon within its first day, and is already in its second printing.

About the Exhibition

This exhibit exploits the differences between an exhibition and a book. Rather than one copy, 64 copies of the book are put on display. Each is open to one of the cross-sections in book, and is held and illuminated by its own stand. The assembly of stands is arranged from left to right unfolding the sequence of the book into the space of the gallery, with each book clipped to the next for stability. Designed and fabricated by LTL, the displays are comprised of 704 parts and 896 pieces of hardware, which reflect the interest in detail and assembly within the drawings themselves.

About the Firm

Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects) is a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis, located in New York City. LTL Architects engages a diverse range of work, from large scale academic and cultural buildings to interiors and speculative research projects. LTL Architects realizes inventive solutions that turn the very constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget and materials. LTL Architects has completed academic, institutional, residential and hospitality projects throughout the United States including Arthouse, a contemporary art center in Austin, Texas; an Administrative Campus Center for the Claremont University Consortium in Claremont, California; the Sullivan Family Student Center at the University of Wyoming; The College of Wooster’s Bornhuetter Hall in Ohio, and Fluff, Tides and Xing restaurants in New York City. Recent work includes the renovation for the Steinhardt School at NYU, a residence hall for Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and renovation of Upson Hall at Cornell University.  LTL received a 2007 National Design Award, multiple AIA design awards and have been extensively published. LTL was featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale and their work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The principals are authors of Manual of Section (2016) and the monographs, Intensities (2013), Opportunistic Architecture (2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (1998). Paul Lewis is Associate Dean / Associate Professor at Princeton University, Marc Tsurumaki is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and David Lewis is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. 

About the Gallery

The Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.

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