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Thinking & drawing

Drawings become a tool through communicating to the designer and the recipient of the design. Their ability to do so depends on certain conventions which need to be understood. In this sense architectural drawings – plans, sections, elevations – differ from other drawings, from drawings as works of art. We know at once the difference in character and intention between a drawing of a pavilion on a Japanese scroll and a plan and section of a similar building, to take an example where there is in fact a superficial resemblance between the two.