Thursday, September 6, 2012

Michael Graves, Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing

Architect Michael Graves wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times earlier this week. In the article he talks about the death of drawing in architectural design due to the computer. Listening to Graves speak of the art and creative process of architecture, it is easy to draw comparisons to the animation industry.

Disney's Dolphin Resort
If you're not familiar with Michael Graves, he has designed many buildings including a number of Disney-related buildings such as the Swan and Dolphin Resorts at Walt Disney World, and the Team Disney Building in Burbank, CA. He is one of my favorite Disney architects, along with Robert A. M. Stern, whose designs include my favorite Disney World resort - Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas.

If you are a fan of architecture, especially Disney architecture, I would recommend picking up a copy of Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture, by Beth Dunlop. It mostly covers buildings from the past 20 or so years, and has many beautiful, color photos, and features both Graves and Stern plus a number of other architects.

Thanks to Cartoon Brew for first bringing this article to my attention.

Disney's Boardwalk Resort

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