This unit discusses architectural drawings from the middle ages to the present. It does so by focusing on support materials that influenced architectural representations in particular ways. The main sections deal with parchment, paper (this includes graph paper, blueprints, diazoprints), and early experiments in computer aided design. Through specific examples, students should understand that the materials that are used govern what can be produced and the practices of architecture just as much as any other concern. Also discussed are technologies of mark-making such as stylus, ink, metalpoint, red chalk, black chalk, graphite, light pens and others.
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