Visual Narratives in Contemporary Architecture

Independent Study, 2010-2011 

Architectural renderings have reached a level of intricacy and subtlety which places them on an ambiguous interface between reality and fiction, motion and stasis, matter and concept. In the last decades, the representation of architectural concepts has changed. With the ubiquitousness of new media and the development and fine tuning of software to facilitate the creation of digital images, the creation of architectural representation has never been easier, changing the value attributed to what was historically the subject of elaborate investigation. The use of three dimensional construction and rendering softwares combined with image manipulation software have given these perspectival projections both the qualities of reference to the real as well as the imaginary layers of photomontages. In the absence of a contemporary discussion on representation, architects have almost unanimously adopted the use of the rendering, what is the place of the rendering in the design of contemporary architecture?