Architects’ Sketchbooks as Visual Conversation

Architects’ sketchbooks are always some of my favorites to look at. And having worked with an architect and contractor on a renovation of my own home, the quote below really resonated with me, as I found myself frequently pulling out my own notebooks to draw ideas that I couldn’t otherwise explain!

From architect to contractor, to carpenter, to engineer and back again, sketches are passed like sentences to make sense of something together. Translation and interpretation are embedded in conversations had through drawing, mulling a building over with multiple hands and multiple pencils, lead or pixels. By holding on to these visual conversations past a project’s completion, including them in architecture criticism, we can understand building with more rigour and depth.

The article this quote is from also shows off some very cool sketchbooks by Jan de Vylder, among others:

Read more at The Architectural Review: The Open Sketchbook: Building Ideas

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