With its tremendous ability to organize and present data, the computer is transforming every aspect of how architects work, from sketching their first impressions of an idea to creating complex construction documents for contractors.
Going down the history of architectural drafting, first there was hand drafting and paintings on canvas. Architects really took pride in the artistry of their work; Drafting took a lot of time, buildings were constructed in mind before they emerged on paper and then land. With paper art idea is captured with an immediacy as it emerge in mind that keeps it fresh, now proper instruction and teaching is the norm for the next generation of architects. IT has become fashionable in many architectural circles to declare the demise of hand drawing. Whether created by hand or with a CAD editor, the goal of a rendering is to represent on a flat plan, or in 2-dimensions, for something that is actually 3-dimensional. A successful drawing will convincingly capture the depth of the physical world.
Complete Article and Images are available in Building Giants Nov 2012 Issue.