Realism in Architecture Representation

10-12 page term paper, complete with proper citations as well as supporting images.
Title: Realism in Architecture Representation

Architecture representation was primarily prepared through the use of hand drawings and had remained the same for centuries. However, since approximately the early 2000’s, architecture representation changed as the mediums evolved. The representation of architecture through realism has also changed significantly with the shift from manual to digital works of production. As a result of this shift, representation in architecture has become even more realistic, primarily with the aid of advancements in computer technology. I will explore how digital representation has become the new normal for the communication of ideas and in particular, realism in digital architecture representation. For example, realistic drawings were done by hand for centuries. Today, realistic drawings are created to represent conceptual projects as well as projects intended to be built. Also, the rendering of architecture over the last 20 years has advanced to a point where the drawing itself can be the final product rather than to be translated into buildings.

Designers today expend a lot of effort on their digital representation of the final products. As a result, it has led to even more realistic quality drawings. New technology has significantly impacted the process of designing as well as the final outcomes of representation. Drawings, or even augmented reality or virtual reality based spaces, have become products of their own through representation. Renderings have become so realistic to the point of uncertainty whether it is computer generated or photographed produced. Now, with digital manipulation, photographs can also be altered into drawings as well. Realistic drawings in architecture representation have changed as technology has advanced and opened up more opportunities through the use of Photoshop, 3D modeling, VR, and AR. Realistic drawings, whether they are to be the final product or translated into a building, connect with the human imagination in representing something that can be visualized and has enhanced the delivery of architecture representation.


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Architectural imagery is explored and architectural representation as series from Renaissance to today are exhibited.

Evans, Robin. “Translations from Drawing to Building.” London:Architectural Association School of Architecture, 1986.
The relationship between the drawing and the building is explained as there is no building before there is drawing. The architect never works on the building directly but instead uses drawings to convey their work.

Kaufmann, Jordan. “Drawing on Architecture.” The MIT Press, 2018.
The increasing importance of the architectural drawing in the discipline compared to the importance of the building is discussed. Through exhibitions and galleries drawings have become aesthetic objects.

Picon, Antoine. “Architecture and the Virtual Towards a New Materiality.” Praxis: Journal of Writing + Building, 2011.
The impact of computer based design is discussed. Digital design is a threat to materiality as it is changing the way designers think about architecture.

Thomas, Helen. Drawing Architecture: The Finest Architectural Drawings Through the Ages. Phaidon Press, 2018.
There are over 250 drawings collected and shown from different time periods and styles to ranges in project types such as built buildings to concept designs.

Carreiro, Miguel Baptista Tavares. “The Evolution of Representation in Architecture,” n.d., 12.
The relation between representation, technology and architecture challenges the traditional process and design methods with a newer system of digital tools.

Designblendz. “The Evolution of Architectural Visualization.” Accessed October 18, 2020.
Architectural visualization has transformed from simple virtual images to complex and detailed designs with the improvement of technology and has transformed the way we view

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