While today's computer-generated architectural drawings offer highly detailed, photo-realistic representations of buildings and homes-to-be, sometimes modern sketches lack the expressive quality found in the architectural plans of the 20th century.
Since 20th century draftsmen did not have the convenience of a computer, architects like Arne Jacobsen, Hans Scharoun, and Stephen Kanner employed traditional mediums like pen and ink, pencil, watercolor, and collage to create equally illustrative, stunning renderings of apartments, gas stations, and many of today's famous buildings. A recently published book entitled 100 Years of Architectural Drawing features 300 architectural drawings tracking the development of the art form. Compiled and published by architecture and design scholar Neil Bingham, the book contains the colorful drawings and sketches of famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid.
“In this survey of architectural drawings, we can trace the historical visual narrative of 20th century architecture in design and draughtsmanship,” reads an excerpt from Bingham's book. “One of tradition, experiment and beauty.”