Why Architects Still Draw (MIT Press)

Why Architects Still Draw (MIT Press)

Paolo Belardi, Zachary Nowak


Why might an architect succeed in for a pencil whilst drawing software program and AutoCAD are a click on away? Use a ruler while 3D-scanners and GPS units are shut to hand? In Why Architects nonetheless Draw, Paolo Belardi bargains a sublime and ardent safeguard of drawing by means of hand as a manner of considering. Belardi is not any Luddite; he does not urge architects to renounce electronic units for watercolors and a measuring tape. really, he makes a case for drawing because the interface among the belief and the paintings itself. A drawing, Belardi argues, holds inside it the complete ultimate layout. it's the paradox of the acorn: a venture emerges from a drawing -- even from a caricature, tough and inchoate -- simply as an oak tree emerges from an acorn. mentioning examples not only from structure but in addition from literature, chemistry, song, archaeology, and artwork, Belardi exhibits how drawing isn't a passive recording yet a second of invention pregnant with inventive probabilities. relocating from the comic strip to the survey, Belardi explores the which means of dimension in a electronic period. A survey of a domain should still transcend width, peak, and intensity; it needs to contain extra dimensions: background and tradition. Belardi indicates the sterility of ideas that price metric exactitude over cultural appropriateness, arguing for an "informed drawing" that takes under consideration greater than meters or toes, stone or metal. Even within the age of digital media, Belardi writes, drawing can hold its position as a cornerstone of architecture.

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