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‘Mea­sure Draw Build’ is an ex­hi­bi­tion by Ge­orge Sau­marez Smith, a Di­rec­tor at ADAM Ar­chi­tects, of his own work. As the name sug­gests, it jux­ta­poses stud­ies, de­signs and pho­to­graphs of com­pleted build­ings in an at­tempt to ex­plain his cre­ative process. The draw­ings are par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing, con­dens­ing ma­te­rial onto the dou­ble-page spread of a note­book. Im­plicit in the ex­hi­bi­tion is the idea that draw­ing per­mits the de­tailed un­der­stand­ing of ex­ist­ing struc­tures, forms and de­signs. From that knowl­edge, more­over, it’s pos­si­ble to cre­ate new build­ings that are si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­tem­po­rary as well as be­ing in­formed by the ar­chi­tec­ture of the past; that they are—in other words—clas­si­cal both in form and in the sense of tran­scend­ing time. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which is ac­com­pa­nied by a cat­a­logue, runs at the RIBA un­til Novem­ber 26.

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