sketching….not so much

i’ve been horribly negligent in my sketching lately.  mostly because i’ve been engrossed in a competition that i’ll be handing in monday, but mostly because i forget to pull out my sketchbook and pen and just sit quietly for 10 minutes sketching.  so i thought i would do a quick google search on architectural sketching to see if anything interesting came up.  i came across this link to a pdf aptly title sketch.pdf.  it’s on the website and it offers some interesting and quick pointers for sketching that i’ve never seen before.  in college we were encouraged to sketch as often as possible in order to hone our hand drawing abilities but were seldom instructed on proper techniques for sketching.
after reading this one page pdf, i’m left with some good techniques to try out to better my sketching abilities and a list of books to look up at my local library to expand my knowledge more on the art of architectural sketching.  i think in today’s age of near light speed advancements in technology, the art of using our hands to create anything not associated with a mouse or computer is getting lost.  architects especially should be taught the art of sketching and be taught to continue it throughout their careers.
this is my incentive to begin sketching again in earnest, so stay tuned for more posts in the sketches section.

Architecture today

Since the late 19th century there have been a number of defined architectural styles such as the international style, neoclassical, modern, post modern, vernacular and an assortment of revival styles. Is there a movement or style of architecture today? If so, how do we categorize it? Can it be categorized? Are we simply continuing the modern style of an honest expression of structure, form, function and technology or is there something new driving the direction of contemporary architecture? Are there any thoughts on the future of architecture out there?
Locally I mostly see a re-expression of old styles that no longer have a place in our modern times, which, to me, does a disservice to the essence of a historical style and what it stood for at it’s time. I see architecture taking on a new shape lately. A shape driven by technology and a limitless imagination to create. The old adage of “form following function” no longer need apply. Instead the form can define the function or can suggest a new way of functioning. Today architecture has the power to redefine the way we live, work and play. I wonder if “style” has a place anymore.

a thought

what would a new american bauhaus architecture movement look like?  would it have the ultra-industrialized look of old or would it take on a new shape and feel blended from modern architecture and technology?

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