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THE WORKING DRAWING: THE ARCHITECT’S TOOL is a beautiful book, and like many beautiful things, it has a touch of melancholy to it. Looking at the examples collected here, even those from recent decades, it’s hard not to feel some sense of loss: Nobody draws like that anymore. Not only has drawing practice been radically transformed by the computer, but the structure of the discipline itself has changed. Architects operate in a global arena today, subject to the ever-tighter time constraints and increasingly uniform standards imposed by clients, the building industry, and regulatory agencies. In contrast, many of the drawings in this book are deeply personal communications between architect and builder, executed by practitioners whose individual drawing styles mirror their attitudes toward construction and materiality. In the elevations drawn by Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz for his

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