Displaced Medium

Computers have radically changed the architecture profession.  Programs like AutoCAD and Revit have become the standard for creating construction documents and technical drawings. These revolutionary modes of representation have caused as Michael Graves writes in his article Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing, “the death of drawing”. Our once most sacred medium of representation and conceptualization has been thrown to the side for more realistic images produced by rendering programs like 3ds Max or Kerkythea. These programs have their benefits such as speed, accuracy, and being able to work across the net with other professionals regardless of their location. But in light of these advantages, drawing will always have a place in the designer’s workplace. The act of drawing is a crucial part of the thought process within architectural design. Michael Graves writes, “Drawing expresses the interaction of our minds, eyes, and hands.” This physical connection is crucial for the conceptual design process. I believe that drawing helps us allude to something that we didn’t realize when our pencil touched the piece of paper. When I sketch I am far more invested and aware of what is going on in my design. This is lost at the computer were I am more concerned about my layers in photo shop, or what style I am using in sketch up. Michael Graves concludes his article, “ drawing by hand stimulates the imagination and allows us to speculate about ideas, a good sign that we are truly alive.” This speculation and imagination facilitated through drawing will ensure that sketching and drafting will always have a place in the design profession.



graves, michael. “Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing.” new york times. new york times, 02/09/2012. Web. 7 Sep 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/opinion/sunday/architecture-and-the-lost-art-of-drawing.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all&gt;.


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