Zachary Tate Porter, Topographic Survey of Two Sidewalk Holes in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Roca Gallery)

How are architects drawing in the world of digital culture?

Drawing Attention at the Roca Gallery in London attempts to dissect the place of 2D drawing in “post-digital” architecture, but is it successful? By Jason Sayer We have a lot to thank computers for; the laptop I typed this article on can execute millions of...
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Dwayne Oyler/Single-Handedly

A Perspective on Perspective

Aaron Betsky argues that we should preserve the art of drawing by hand, but not fetishize it. By Aaron Betsky A good architecture drawing is a joy to behold. Since I was a child, I have lost myself in the intricacies of perspectives, sections, and, later on, axonometrics,...
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How the Quick Daily Drawing Puts Humanity Back into Architecture

A new book explores the idea of sketching as a heightened way of seeing. By Michael J. Crosbie Architect Frank Harmon has a discipline: he tries to do a freehand drawing every day. He doesn’t spend much time on them. About five minutes. These short spurts of depiction have the...
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Drawing Out Gehry, a Riet Eeckhout sketch (William Menking)

Process comes to life in Berlin architectural drawing show

The exhibition Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of Ten Modern Architects features selections from one of the world’s great architecture drawing collections installed in the most important gallery devoted to the subject. By William Menking The exhibition Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of...
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The Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany, by James Stirling

Make No Bad Plans: sexy plans still matter | Architect Magazine

In an age where the screen has replaced the pen and paper, Aaron Betsky explains why sexy plans still matter. By Aaron Betsky Is the plan still the generator? For generations, architects have used Le Corbusier’s phrase to base their designs on an apportionment of spaces that...
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image is a sketch by the late Jan Kaplický.

“A golden age of architectural drawing awaits” says Owen Hopkins

The advent of 3D-modelling software may not spell the end for architectural drawing after all, says Owen Hopkins. Architectural drawing is in crisis, one that’s arguably been brewing since the 1980s, with the advent of the first commercially available CAD packages and the...
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