diségno n.7/2020


Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.
Galileo Galilei 

In 1989, Adriana Baculo published the Issue No.9 of Quaderni Di entitled Smisurate misure! (Immeasurable dimensions!); in 1991, the fifth Spring seminar organised by Rosalia La Franca was dedicated to Il disegno di architettura come misura della qualità (Architectural drawing as a measure of quality); twenty years later, Franco Purini presented the exhibition Gli Spazi del tempo. Il disegno come memoria e misura delle cose (The Spaces of Time. Drawing as a memory and measure of things.) Three events that can be considered independent, seeing the different meanings given to the word “measure,” but also closely related, as they all three deal with the practice of “drawing.” The act of measuring is a present activity that comes to us from afar and that bears an ancient depth of meaning supported by the epistemological thought of great philosophers, mathematicians and scientists. The sensitive - and therefore subjective - sphere of drawing is confronted with the phenomenological - and therefore objective - sphere of measurement. A dialectic that, in parallel with words, only drawing is able to unravel. For those who express themselves through drawing and do research with drawing, measure is a value that is expressed through a drawing and that interacts in a multidimensional context by implementing algorithms that are formalized in compositions substantiated by deep geometries. 

Measurement is the certainty that anchors us to a present that can be quantified, systematized, classified, compared and modified according to scientific procedures that can be followed and compared. If we take as an example the debate stemming from the themes of architectural surveying, the question of measurement is always ignited (and set ablaze) with renewed interest, in relation to the refinement of the instruments and the growing number of experts from different scientific disciplines increasingly involved in the science of metrology. 

But a measure is not just quantity, but is also considered quality. From the secret geometries of artists, to the art of composing, to the dimensions of the different contexts of “doing architecture,” measure establishes the link with the spatial dimensions according to rules and geometric-mathematical models (Euclid, topological, fractal, differential) that have a refined and superior theoretical consistency in which the imaginative action works with great incisiveness. 

We are confident that the papers we choose to invite will find their place in the Issue No. 7 of diségno to be published in December 2020. 

Drawing and measurement for building a cosmic harmony 

Drawing and measurement for structuring scientific knowledge 

Drawing and measurement for defining a reason between thought and project 

Drawing and measurement for communicating the complexity of images 

For those who intend to submit an unpublished paper for the journal’s Issue No.7 (July- December 2020), the deadlines to be met are as follows: 

29 February 2020: Submission of the summary, in Italian or in the author's native language (limited to French, English, Portuguese, Spanish or German) and in English, with a maximum of 3,000 characters (including spaces) for each version, with keywords (max. 5), one figure and the most important bibliographical references (max. 3). 

28 March 2020: Notification of acceptance of the summary, after an anonymous evaluation by two referees to whom it will be submitted following a preliminary selection by the Editorial Board, which will consider the thematic relevance, type and quality of the proposal. 

16 May 2020: Submission of the full paper, in Italian or the author's native language (limited to French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German), comprising 20,000 to 30,000 characters (spaces included, including up to 5 keywords, abstract, notes, but excluding bibliographic references), 10-12 figures (one per approximately 2,000 characters). Only papers that comply with the editorial guidelines published on the journal’s website will undergo an anonymous review by two referees. 

13 June 2020: Notification of acceptance of the paper/request for changes and/or additions (if necessary). 

4 July 2020: Sending of the final full paper in the language as specified above, with changes and/or additions (if necessary) and the English version.