19 February 2007

Hand Drafting

Faculty and Students are invited:

Hand Drafting: A lifetime of landscape architecture
Featuring the work of Arnold Associates Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

The Princeton Senior Resource Center will host a show of hand-drawn landscape architecture drawings from Arnold Associates. There will be an opening reception on Friday February 23 from 4-7 pm at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton St. (behind Borough Hall) in Princeton, with a brief talk by Mr. Arnold.

Arnold Associates is a landscape architecture firm founded by Henry Arnold in Princeton, NJ in 1971. The office is now a partnership with Stephen Lederach. In the thirty-five years since its inception, the firm has worked on a range of different commissions from Singapore to Salt Lake City, including several sites in and around Princeton. Some of the more well-known sites include the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC and the Art Institute in Chicago. Henry Arnold has a particular passion for creating inviting living spaces in urban settings, a vision he has pursued actively for several decades.

Until the present generation, design professionals used hand methods to illustrate their designs with drafting tools such as the T-square, triangles, compass, pencils and pens. Most design professionals today produce drawings mechanically with the aid of a computer, plotters and printers. The drawings in this exhibit were selected from the archives of Arnold Associates with the idea of displaying some examples of a disappearing craft. The utilitarian purpose distinguishes this work from the drawings of most fine artists. The exhibit will be of special interest to students of urban design, design arts and others who appreciate illustrative drawing.

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