Computer vs. Freehand Drawing

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Posted by  Paul Malo on September 08, 2002 at 07:22:38:

In Reply to:  Re: House rendering vs architectural perception posted by Zeid on September 07, 2002 at 22:01:29:

Yes, I know what you are trying to say, Zeid--and I agree with you completely. This is not just a matter of "rendering," or of producing slick presentations, but rather about architectural thinking.

It's "hand-eye coordination"--when we're talking not just about the perceptual eye, but the conceptual eye--the "mind's eye."

The designer--one who is really adpet, that is--needs to be "imaginative," which really (as the word implies) means able to visualize. If you can visualize it, you can draw it--without computer programs to do the visualization.

One can only draw what one understands. If one can't draw it, one doesn't understand it. Period. As a design critic in the studio, this is the surest indication of a student's real understanding of what he or she is doing.

Drawing is basic to architectural thinking and practice. Much of my professional career has been spent in the field, where it's of great value to be able to sketch a three-dimensional view of some detail on a scrap of lumber, to explain it to the builder. Drawing, as said, is about three-dimensional understanding--not merely about presentation technique.

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