World famous architect, and one of my all time favourite contemporary architects has made headlines in recent weeks for his comments at a preview event for the Venice Biennale 2016. Peter Zumthor suggested that the main theme to emerge from the works this year reflect a resurgence in hand made architecture, a return to the crafts. He elaborates further and explains that the computer is just a slave.
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Describing computers as slaves may be a poor choice of wording on Zumthor’s part, despite this I am more inclined to agree with his point. In architecture school we were always encouraged to hand draw our conceptual ideas and developing the design, and that the computer should be regarded as a tool to assist the presentation of final output for communication purposes. Sketching can be scrappy, but it can help to develop a design much quicker than CAD – at that stage of the process, being a little bit rough around the edges in presentation and more concentrated in producing interesting, considered and convincing design skills will, in my view, result in well thought out architecture rather than a building.