The central contention of this book is that drawing is a form of knowledge production. This idea comes from anthropological debates, and reframes the idea of knowledge as a process of how we come to know things rather than discussing it as a fixed, final, and completed process. How we come to know things is inextricably linked with what we know and architectural knowledge, as produced in design processes, is made through drawings and models.

It follows, then, that the conventions of each type of drawing inform that process in a variety of ways. This chapter will identify formal characteristics shared by axonometrically produced architecture, with the predominance of platonic geometry projected vertically and rotated. These procedures of rotation and projection are at the heart of axonometric knowledge production.

Spatial relations are also made explicit by this form of drawing, where diagrams of occupation can be made explicit through architectural form, we have here a contrast between the broadly early- and late-modernist approaches of Oud and Stirling as opposed to the deliberate retardation of postmodernist architects such as Eisenman and Hejduk.