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Deepti Maithil Nagpal

mumbai, maharashtra, India

Designer (architecture)

Member since May 22, 2007

  • Making Drawings - Man vs Machine

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Draughting has been a practice for such a long time now that it is difficult to imagine architecture practice without it. Indian Architectural Education gets it from the britishers. Today one uses the computer to do it .....complete switch to Autocad happened some years ago and today it is almost synonymous with architectural practice itself! The irony with using softwares is tht by the time one gains complete expertise with one software there is a new one waiting to be learnt. Gone are the days of hand sketching I almost feel am witnessing this change more than any other generation but am able to adapt to it more than the previous batch. While thrs so much uniqueness to hand made sketches computerised stuff makes it all look the same ....such an unfortunate development in this field. And ofcourse the software war is not to be forgotten Autocad vs Revit vs Archicad vs Sketch Up vs 3s max ......lets not forget that the content is more important than the tool itself!!

  • There are pros and cons to the existence of various softwares used for draughting. Softwares make things so much simpler and efficient; work that can be completed however immaculately by an expert architect in several hours can be done in a fraction of that time by a well-written piece of software. Also, softwares ensure that the work is free of errors, and has a professional, albeit, machine-generated touch to it. They arguably also have the capacity to turn several chimerical ideas into reality with relative ease. They have been able to add several degrees of sophistication to designs without the accompanying complexity and difficulty of making them which is so often a hallmark of manual draughting. So softwares have revolutionized draughting but at a price which you rightly point out. They have taken the charm and the skill out of draughting which is always an inevitable consequence of any kind of automation. When the human stamp is missing from a work, it is as if the soul of that creation is missing. However perfect that work is, it appears to be lifeless because draughting and, for that matter, any creative activity has been an essentially human endeavor. Without an adequate amount of contribution from a human being, the work is simply not alive. I lament this change to a certain extent because it compromises the creative pleasure that one gets out of an activity such as draughting.
    In conclusion, I must say I am happy that powerful softwares help me achieve the full potential of my imagination because that is something I probably would not have been able to do by hand. At the same time I find it somewhat unfortunate that I am deprived of an opportunity to leave a personal stamp on my work. Finally, I definitely agree that more attention must be paid to the actual work than to the tool that is used to complete it. Kedar

  • In response to Man vs. machine, posted by Kedar,
    in the thread Making Drawings - Man vs Machine

    Thank you for the response , wanted to know if you have switched to Revit or Archicad already? or continue to be an Autocad loyalist?

  • Dear Mam,

    Autocad.....and Catia (amongst the most advanced machinised architectural tools) could develop and re develop......but even if they are combined into one....they could not equal some of the most difficult architecture which homo sapiens have built......and tat also includes Brihadeshwarar Temple in India and temple of Athena....

    Technologies can make life liveable and organised. But they all can never compare with the urge of the human spirit to build wonders through bare hands and nature's involvements :-)

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