The history of architecture can be told without strict chronology, avoiding both a proper narrative of monuments and their authors as well as an anthropological account of materials and construction practices. This series of short essays began by doing close readings of images and their various migrations: across media and genres, through other disciplines, and their various publics of affection and disavowal. Each image constitutes an argument about architecture, and can therefore erupt at unlikely times and in unpredictable ways. More than even drawing as a foundational act, architects think and produce new work through the visual heuristics known as images.
The essays below consist of looking at an image, a single plan, and a single project. Arguments about architecture were made through close readings of the image, the plan, and the project to provoke further discussion. Architectural discoveries were made through these analyses such as the secret between Sam Jacob and Neil Denari in "Timber - The Graphic Project." All three essays explore how architecture can be derived from an image, even from something that is non-architectural, like a bubble. The image can, in fact, generate architecture.