Architect Philip Johnson's Glass House
Architectural Drawings of Willis and Lillian Leenhouts
Hugh Ferriss: Architectural Drawings
A primer for architectural drawing for young students
Once upon a time, many products were made by hand. The Industrial Revolution changed this forever, and as a result, many items became increasingly affordable. But what of the learned professions? How have they been changed by technology? Architecture is certainly one of the professions that has been changed by a number of "revolutions," and the use of computers for creating architectural drawings has been a key change in this human endeavor. But has something been lost? This week, the noted architect Michael Graves sounded off in an article for the New York Times in which he talked about the importance of drawing to the discipline. In the piece, he notes that "architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design." It's a passionate piece and one that will spark discussion about the practice of architecture.
The first link will take users to the piece by Michael Graves from this Saturday's New York Times. The second link leads to a wonderful trove of architectural renderings culled from museums around the world and other sources. Moving along, the third link leads to a great piece from the September 2012 issue of Architectural Digest about Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. The fourth link leads to a delightful collection of architectural drawings from the Milwaukee architects Willis and Lillian Leenhouts. The fifth link will take interested parties to a wonderful digital archive of architectural drawings by Hugh Ferriss, the celebrated architectural illustrator. The final link will lead to a very interesting "Primer of Architectural Drawing for Young Students," first published in 1910.