Luke Tipene .Drawing the Impossible
Drawing the Impossible

the Role of Architectural Drawing in the Production of Meaning in Social Space






Architectural Drawing, Heterotopia, Social Space, Piranesi, Lerup


This pictorial essay reflects on a unique category of architectural drawing that depicts spaces that cannot physically exist. It suggests that this specific mode of drawing plays a significant role in the production of meaning in social space through depicting ephemeral characteristics of our social relations. This argument is discussed in relation to Michel Foucault’s theoretical allegory of the heterotopic mirror, and illustrated through accompanying images of the drawing project The Virtual Relations (2009). This project used the methodology of “drawing the impossible” with Henri Lefebvre’s theory for the production of space to explore ephemeral conditions of social interaction in the domestic interior as five spatial descriptions.

How to Cite

Tipene, L. (2018). Drawing the Impossible: the Role of Architectural Drawing in the Production of Meaning in Social Space. Cubic Journal, 1(1), 90–107.



Author Biography

Luke Tipene, University of Technology Sydney

Luke Tipene is a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building. His research focus includes theories of space, visual perception and architectural representation. Tipene investigates the role of drawing in the production of meaning in architecture. He has spoken at conferences, written on the subject of architectural drawing, and has run design drawing workshops throughout Australia. Tipene maintains an active practice in drawing, curation and design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he has been involved in several artist-in-residence programs in Australia, the UK and Europe.


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