Our homework in free hand sketching class was not to sketch, we will be doing that for the next few days, but to read a few articles on sketching.

Two of them came from the blog “Life of an Architect”, one a New York Times piece by Michael Graves. All three essays describe a type of thinking, problem solving and problem creating that can’t neither arise nor be put to bed through computers.

From brain to phalange there is an open, iterative process that can happen on paper but not in pixels.

As a beginner I can say that the trace roll is one step away and one step closer to communication and collaboration than the computer is.

My favorite line in the “Life of an Architect” blog is:

ask me what time it is and I’ll tell you how to build a clock

The first world version of teaching a man to fish.

The thing about his sketches though…they do an even better job of showing rather than telling. So I bet everyone in his studio now really knows how to build a clock.

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