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40 317 Plan-drawing in Architecture

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Plan-drawing in Architecture
Course code: 
40 317
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2020 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2020 Spring
Language of instruction: 
Norwegian / English
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge
Neven Mikac Fuchs
Aleksandra Ognjanov
Required prerequisite knowledge

Passed 6 semesters.

Course content

The way in which a project is drawn and represented illustrates the content and evolution of its architecture, the architect's statement and its overall intention.

Plan-drawing represents the horizontal section through the building, projected in graphic form on a 2D plane. In this way, somehow anonymously, it shows all the necessary information for imagining, understanding and producing architecture. In spite of being an abstract geometry of reality, it depicts reality as precisely as possible, showing everything that is there: physical materials and details that enclose spaces, meetings between different materials showing how architectural elements are put together, it shows construction, stairs and infrastructure, proportions, space and light and even how people live in this space.

The lines of a drawing are not just lines. We always imagine them as translated into objects and spaces. In our minds, we connect these lines of drawing into mass, space, movements and actions of people. Different thicknesses of lines distinguish what is cut in section or seen in elevation. We could read scale, proportion, light changes during the year, all of which allows us to imagine and experience space, atmosphere and material, and create beautiful architecture.

The precision and imaginativeness of the drawn information tells about the architectural content and provides an opportunity to understand, interpret and relate to the world of architecture, both intellectually, technically and emotionally. Planning is an analytical tool to study and develop in-depth the architecture of a project. Therefore, the technique of making the plan should be used precisely and efficiently, in keeping with its specific potential.

The course is imagined in two overlapping parts, which will run parallel to each other throughout the semester. In the more theoretically and practically grounded first part, the students will briefly learn about the importance, development and structure of plan drawing during the history of architecture, from Renaissance to today. The more practically oriented second part will be concerned with discussion, study and redrawing of the case study plans of architecture by Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, in connection with the new book project on the architect. 



Teaching assistant: Aleksandra Ognjanov.

Learning outcome


Formulating the independent and prejudice-less knowledge about structure, development and potential of representative architectural ideas, more specifically by using the plan drawings.


Stimulating the awareness of one's own architectural position and attitude towards the representation of architecture and architectural space.


Learning about Sverre Fehn's architecture and his art of constructing spaces, his use of geometry, construction, organization of space, architectural elements,



Stimulating the individual awareness of today's positions in architecture.




After finishing the course, the student should:

- be able to develop and consciously use his / her own way of working with plan drawings.

- be able to develop principles for structuring the plan drawing and technical skills to develop them into a project.

- be able to understand, develop and structure the architectural knowledge on the basis of specific architectural themes, given during the course.


Working and learning activities

The course is imagined in two overlapping parts, which will run parallel to each other throughout the entire semester.


The aim of the course will be:

- by acquiring knowledge about plan drawings and representing spatial ideas, to create motivation for deepening the personal understanding of architecture, space and experience of space and of architectural elements every project consists of.

- To stimulate, cultivate and articulate personal discussions with teachers, through the different tasks during the course.

-The teaching will consist of individual discussions and desk critiques, collecting and re-drawing the case studies on Fehn's architecture, and info lectures structured in-between 3 beamer reviews


Robin Evans: The Projective Cast: Architecture and its Three Geometries

Robin Evans: Translations from Drawing to Building

Laurent Stalder, Valerio Olgiati

Projects 2009 - 2017 by Valerio Olgiati

Per Olaf Fjeld: Sverre Fehn The Pattern of Thoughts

Per Olaf Fjeld: The Thought of Construction

Sverre Fehn The Poetry of the Straight Line, Exhibition catalog

Gennaro Postiglione: Sverre Fehn, Collected Works

Kazuo Shinohara, 2G

Axel Menges, Kazuo Shinohara



Mandatory courseworkCourseworks requiredPresence requiredComment
Presence required Required
Supervision talks Required
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Mandatory coursework:Presence required
Courseworks required:
Presence required:Required
Mandatory coursework:Supervision talks
Courseworks required:
Presence required:Required
Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
Project assignmentIndividualPass / fail
Form of assessment:Project assignment
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Workload activityComment
Individual problem solving
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Workload activity:Individual problem solving