Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Drawing And Architecture: Michael Graves

Yesterday, Michael Graves, a well-known architect, wrote a piece yesterday in New York Times about drawing’s role in architecture. Like Milton Glaser in graphic design, Michael Graves argues that drawing is a core of ideation in architecture. Some quotes from the article illustrate how fundamental drawings are in our exploration of ideas.

eLearning practitioners can learn from this by giving emphasis to graphics and design in their creations equal to attention given to the core text. To placate myriad concerns like cost and time, we sometimes forget that the textual-visual document we are creating looks only like a rush-job draft. Learners like readers of a good book or users of a well-designed product, reward well-designed and well-thought careful works with a special kind of loving attention. This loving attention from a learner brings joy and elation in learning something new, the ultimate prize for any teacher.

"For decades I have argued that architectural drawing can be divided into three types, which I call the “referential sketch,” the “preparatory study” and the “definitive drawing...The referential sketch serves as a visual diary, a record of an architect’s discovery. It can be as simple as a shorthand notation of a design concept or can describe details of a larger composition. ... It’s not likely to represent “reality,” but rather to capture an idea...The second type of drawing, the preparatory study, is typically part of a progression of drawings that elaborate a design. Like the referential sketch, it may not reflect a linear process. (I find computer-aided design much more linear.) I personally like to draw on translucent yellow tracing paper, which allows me to layer one drawing on top of another, building on what I’ve drawn before and, again, creating a personal, emotional connection with the work."

1. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/opinion/sunday/architecture-and-the-lost-art-of-drawing.html?pagewanted=1