These drawings reconstruct the seven scenarios of “off-square” sites from Sebastiano Serlio’s On Situations. Serlio approaches the problem of site irregularities in practical terms. Each scenario lays out problems an architect might encounter in everyday practice and offers strategies for their resolution: courtyards, stairs, the expressive potential of ‘poche’: these and other elements mediate the situated symmetries of the examples. Tracing, isolating and overlaying Serlio’s drawings allows for latent qualities to emerge.
Publication forthcoming in PLAT 8.0: Simplicity