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Archman: he suffers the social situations of the architect and the technical situations of the architecture.
It occurred to me that a "box and line drawing" (a.k.a. conceptual architecture) figure wouldn't outstrip my artistic abilities (assuming my audience was generous) and would allow me to express some of the challenges of architecture and architects visually. So archman and archwoman are liberally featured in my architects architecting architecture journal.
See archman on scrapblog if you want to click through a bigger version of these Archman sketches.
In architecture, we strive for simplicity in various forms. For instance, capturing in simple essential form something very sophisticated. I try to do that with archman. Take my first Archman sketch (right): a simple little conceptual architecture of a figure bearing the behavior of the system. The figure that so many poke fun at (meaning the box and line drawing that is the conceptual architecture diagram) -- that sketchy simple figure that conveys through abstraction, metaphor, visual and textual cues to unfolding narrative, the whole system. Archman is simple. Sometimes whimsical. And generally conveys some quite sophisticated insight, hard-wrung from experience and close observation and attention. You know, like the point about structure that conveys behavior. Obvious, yes, but how many definitions of architecture neglect this?
Archman was "born" in March 2008. Hopefully, archman and archwoman will follow a solid path of character development, and become full-fledged citizens of the architecture landscape. Herd on, cowboy!
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