. Drawing in the Digital Age: Errol Barron
Architecture is a field characterized by continued change.
The disciplinary shifts that have taken place in the past 40
years clearly demonstrate how quickly ideas have spread
throughout the profession and the effect they exert on both
design and its representation. Since the 1966 publication
of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert
Venturi, architectural theorists have tried to appropriate
paradigms not only from history, but also from literary
criticism, philosophy, and the physical sciences. These
efforts were partly cultural, partly due to fashion. Today
changes in architectural form and practice are due prima-
rily to the computer and are of a different nature, and they
affect more than aesthetics-though this, too, is an area
of radical change. Beyond aesthetics computers are
altering architectural design, production, and education.