Drawing is an ancient human skill, older than reading and writing, and for some fields, such as architecture, even today, it is as useful as ever. The death of hand drawing and its replacement with digital methods and of computers is an untruth that has been greatly exaggerated and unfortunately accepted by many.
The Italian word Disegno, from which our current term Design comes, means Fine Art drawing and from the Renaissance has referred to more than simply good draftsmanship, but far more, to the underlying principles and methods behind sculpture, painting, and architecture. It implies the relationship between seeing, perceiving, and being able to record (draw) and understanding in such a way as to be able to envision and propose physical elements, to manipulate them, and record such thought, involving touch and sight in a haptic way, an analog experience open and at times usefully unresolved, suggestive of further iteration, in ways rarely achievable in digital processes.
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Originally published at architecture.nd.edu.