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[8]. 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.