Single-Handedly (Hardcover)

Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand

By Nalina Moses, Tom Kundig (Foreword by)

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781616897260, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

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Part of the generation of architects who were trained to draw both by hand and with digital tools, Nalina Moses recently returned to hand drawing. Finding it to be direct, pleasurable, and intuitive, she wondered whether other architects felt the same way. Single-Handedly is the result of this inquiry. An inspiring collection of 220 hand drawings by more than forty emerging architects and well-known practitioners from around the world, this book explores the reasons they draw by hand and gives testimony to the continued vitality of hand drawing in architecture. The powerful yet intimate drawings carry larger propositions about materials, space, and construction, and each one stands on its own as a work of art.

About the Author

Nalina Moses is an architect and writer in New York City. Her writing on art, architecture and design has appeared both in print and online.

Praise For Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand

"Straight from the architects' own notebooks, these works of art capture their subjects' intricacies and energy in a way that no digital rendition ever could....More than 100 architects opened their notebooks to share sketches that, while rarely used for presentation or construction, demonstrate the beauty and craft of illustrating their projects (real or otherwise) by hand."
- Architectural Digest

"[A] printed paean to experimental architecture-and to the possibilities of hand drawing."
- ARCHITECT Magazine

"The dozens of contributions to Single-Handedly are the antithesis of the imagistic buildings designed and envisioned through computers. They are weighty, saturated, often colorful, sometimes dreamlike drawings of real or imagined worlds....'[H]and drawing,' [Nalina Moses] writes, 'richly complements the work of the computer.'"
- A Daily Dose of Architecture Books