Monday, February 9, 2009

From the Drawing Board to the Desktop

After a lengthy discussion on Twitter and elsewhere yesterday concerning 2D vs. 3D design and drafting, this article by Michael Bierut appeared in the New York Times. With the advent of BIM software that is starting to include LEED-related calculations and measurements, we are once again face-to-face with a dilemma. Mr. Bierut brings up a point that has troubled me in the past, when he says,
"The technology we have at our disposal is dazzling, and our efficiency is such that clients expect fast solutions and nearly instantaneous updates. We are proud to deliver them. Still, I wonder if we haven’t lost something in the process: the deliberation that comes with a slower pace, the attention to detail required when mistakes can’t be undone with the click of a mouse. Younger designers hearing me talk this way react as if I’m getting sentimental about the days when we all used to churn our own butter."
Preoccupations - Drawing Board to the Desktop - A Designer’s Path - NYTimes.com
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