This is a great article trumpeting the importance of the hand sketch in the architectural process. My personal interests emphasize this moment in design, when the artist is given time to emerge and to make visual value judgments as a response to spatial instinct.
The article quotes Hecker; “[His] astute observation clarifies his unique angle: ‘I’m an artist whose profession is architecture’.”
Is this important phase of design, whether it’s architecture, product design, or even a study for a fine art piece, dead in a modern world of digitization? Did the mouse kill the pencil? In an age of “rush, rush to get a design to a client yesterday,” is there room for the physical part of the process?