The Draftery is a platform to read, discuss, and be inspired by architectural drawings. Our publications act not only as a forum for the architectural community, but also as a platform from which to engage a broader public.
Figures is a biannual print journal published by The Draftery. We give space to lesser known architects, artists, students, and other practitioners to display and talk about architectural drawing. Each issue is arranged thematically and talks about why we draw and how drawing relates to the world around us.
Figures is the only printed journal that places contemporary architectural representation at the forefront of discourse. It is a project that’s very dear to us and we’ve worked hard to keep the conversation alive.
Figure 03 will be our third issue of Figures. It marks the second year we’ve promoted architectural drawings in print. Following The Draftery’s relaunch in April, our goal has been to broaden the journal’s audience base. To do this, we’ve updated its format and would love to be able to print a larger run at a higher quality.
This issue features work by Carl Lostritto Jessie Shu Tianchu, Chris T. Cornelius Jeffrey Ellse and Molly O'Neill. Unlike in previous issues, drawings in Fig.03 are organized into three categories: Spatial Orders and Social Realities, Forgotten Objects, and Behind a Door or Above a Room. You can find some spreads in their own section below.
We will also be exhibiting the work featured in Figure 03 at the Gallery at Sasaki in Watertown, MA from July 15th until August 31st, 2013. This exhibition is an opportunity to explore a new curatorial facet, and an event we would like to pair with each release of Figures in the future. If you happen to be in the area, we’d love for you to come!
Aurasma is a free app available to anyone with iOS or Android devices. By using augmented reality we will be able to more affordably produce and distribute the journal to a wider audience. Along with the ability to include various forms of media not reproducible in print (e.g. videos, animations, websites, etc.), the augmented reality feature will allow us to print in 2 colors and delegate full-color reproductions to our extremely capable mobile devices. In addition, the feature will bridge the gap between our vast digital content and our tightly-curated printed publication.
We are determined to get this publication off the ground because we still believe that printing the journal on paper makes all of this worthwhile.
However, printing, especially at a limited run, is expensive. We’ve been working with our printer WestCan PG to cut down costs, but it still isn’t something we can afford without your help.
The money we raise here will help produce Fig.03; any additional funding will be used to cover some of our digital overheads, budgets for exhibitions and book launches, and in the future, the opportunity to compensate our contributing drafters. We’ve kept The Draftery ad-free, which has allowed us to focus entirely on our content--the wonderful drawings of each contributing drafter. We love working on it and provide our services in kind. Unfortunately, costs do add up, and in order to continue, we need your support.
We have a number of rewards to offer on top of the journal itself: bookmarks, totebags, posters, booklets, as well as original drawings from this issue’s contributing drafters.
The booklet will contain contents unpublished in Fig.03, as well as reproduced drawings from Carl Lostritto's vintage plotter demonstration from the exhibition. The first 20 pledges will receive an additional ORIGINAL DRAWING from the exhibition!
Our drafters and staff members are donating some of their very own ORIGINAL DRAWINGS!Note that the images above are placeholders as we're finalizing which drawings are up for grabs; some of our drafters have offered to create NEW drawings for this campaign.
For those who are curious, we’re providing our specs below. We’ve made some modifications since our last Kickstarter campaign in order to lower the cost of production. Printing and binding will be provided by the awesome folks at WestCan PG.
Dimensions: 7.5” x 10”
Page count: 110 interior pages
Printing: Black + 1 spot (PMS 185)
Paper stock: 70# matte uncoated text + 65# matte uncoated cover
Binding: Exposed Otabind
Print run: 1000
The Draftery is a curated archive with multiple platforms that promotes graphic works by lesser known architects, artists, students, and other practitioners. It is a place for the analysis and presentation of architectural drawings—a place to learn how each practitioner's personal reasoning develops a distinct process. Everything we do is filtered through the lens of architectural discourse. Our mission is to provide a limited context and pointed commentary on the ways in which drawings engage the world through their making—to dispel the belief that drawing is dead.
Risks and challenges
While working with a new printer requires new workflows, this is a necessary part of our re-launch that we have been working towards for the last 6 months. We’ve worked on many print projects in the past, so any technical issues that arise won’t surprise us; we love challenges and will work past them. But printing is also expensive--without the support of this campaign, we will have to put this project on hold while we search for other funding options.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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