Sketch as the agent of the “creative genius” paradigm death of drawing discussions in the framework of the new digital sketching technologies

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018




Sketching as the first step in architectural design is explored in this study in the light of the digital invasion to the realm of architecture. The question of whether freehand sketching is dead or going through a revival is studied along with researching new definitions of “sketching” and “drawing”, in addition, contemporary digital tools and methods of sketch production are explored. The main scope is concerned with the analysis of the digital technologies regarding its capacity in facilitating the sketching process, starting from the 1960s until today, and that includes digital cameras, computers and digital tablets. After the analysis of the discussions on this issue in the academic and professional publications, this thesis aims to understand the current state of affairs regarding the usage of the digital sketching technologies in the production of architecture with an empirical research. A survey is prepared to understand digital sketching production in architectural offices in Ankara and the most commonly used programs and applications accordingly, to elaborate on the architects’ evaluations and expectations of this medium. Thoughts and debates regarding digital sketching production are discussed and a conclusion is driven as a result