Challenging Architecture’s Core?


“Since the early Renaissance the defining act of architecture has been the production of drawings. Originating within the site-bound paradigm of ancient and medieval building practice, architecture as a distinct professional and intellectual endeavor emerged from a newfound ability to define and depict form, space, material, and structure. As conventions of scale, measure, projection, and perspective were developed and sharpened, drawing not only became a tool for creative ideation but also offered designers the potential for control and authorship of the process with patrons, builders, and larger audiences. Over time, drawing practice proved sufficiently stable and flexible to remain the architect’s primary instrument of investigation and expression. However, as the promise of digital technology is increasingly fulfilled by sophisticated methodologies, such as parametric modeling, computational design, digital design and fabrication, and Building Information Management (BIM), drawing has come under stress and become ill-defined and moribund. Developments over the past decade have challenged a practice that has flourished for a half millennium leading one to ask: Is drawing dead?

Symposia Spring 2012. Is Drawing Dead? Yale School of Architecture. Yale University. 2012


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