The freedom of the sketch and the tyranny of the digital image

Gittens, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-5077-4475 and Hufford, A., 2017. The freedom of the sketch and the tyranny of the digital image. Charrette, 4 (1), pp. 5-13. ISSN 2054-6718

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The contemporary architectural studio places more emphasis on digital production than traditional process. The reason this is problematic is the easy access to, and the often naïve utilisation of, prefabricated elements available within advanced CAD systems limiting a student’s potential. This paper presents the traditional mode of [architectural] graphic production via the medium of the sketchbook, viewed through Deleuze’s position on the virtual and actual. The discussion is then opened up by referencing Baudrillard’s commentary on contemporary media, initiating an interrogation of the digital image as a conduit of architectural ideas. The paper argues that the architectural sketchbook opens up infinite virtual possibilities that are lost, ironically, when dictatorial digital technologies are the sole agency in designing built artifacts. The paper seeks answers to the question of how to embrace existing and emerging technology while maintaining the critical, inquisitive, and inspired [designer’s] mind.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Charrette
Creators: Gittens, D. and Hufford, A.
Publisher: Association of Architectural Educators (aae)
Date: 1 March 2017
Volume: 4
Number: 1
ISSN: 2054-6718
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Apr 2018 09:24
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 09:29

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