Architects Get Graphic At The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Wes Jones, Nelsons layout from Praxis 14 (Courtesy Wes Jones, Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture Symposium)

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) will be the location for the Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture Symposium on April 1st.

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Drawing: Color Aid paper, solar path diagrams, airbrush: Michael Webb and Nancy Wozniak. Digital extension on the right of the drawing: Neill McCutcheon. (Courtesy Michael Webb, Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture Symposium)

Organized by Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED), the symposium will explore the relationship between architecture and comics. The influence of animation, cartoons, comics, illustrations, and storyboards will be discussed in two sessions and a keynote discussion. Participants will include architects, illustrators, and educators. Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture will be the first event of an annual series that will explore architecture and different narrative media.

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Jimenez Lai, Cartoonish Metropolis (Courtesy Jimenez Lai Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture Symposium)

The first session, starting at 1:00 pm in CMA’s Gartner Auditorium, is entitled “Hot Technology.” The session will include short presentations and a discussion between California-based architect Wes Jones, London-based architect and illustrator Alison Sampson, and Archigram’s Michael Webb.

The second session, entitled “Cool Diagrams,” will start at 3:00 pm. This session will include presentations and a discussion between University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture Director Robert Somol, Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular, and Dutch cultural anthropologist Mélanie van der Hoorn.


Chris Ware, from Building Stories (Courtesy Chris Ware, Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture Symposium)

A closing keynote discussion will feature acclaimed comic book artist Chris Ware and Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For those not able to make it to Cleveland, the entire symposium will be live-streamed online. The proceedings will also be archived on video, and produced into a short video documentary. A book is also planned documenting the event.

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