If you can draw it you can make it

One of the criticisms of Zaha Hadid in the early days of her career was that her wonderful paintings of buildings were unrealisable in practice.

One of the criticisms of Zaha Hadid in the early days of her career was that her wonderful paintings of buildings were unrealisable in practice. History of course went on to prove that this contention was wrong. When Zaha was first conceiving buildings, digital technology was in its infancy. Now it can be used as an important tool in technical design, but also as an improved form of visualisation.

And that may have its disadvantages as well as its advantages. In a most mundane sense, how many of us have looked at an image and pondered whether it is a CGI or a photo? it can be extremely hard to tell, especially since the detritus of everyday life is often sanitised out of photos by enthusiastic (over-enthusiastic?) photoshopping.

This can have serious implications for, for instance, planning decisions, particularly in terms of restricted views. A whole industry has grown up around demonstrating that what is being shown is a verifiable view.

If you want a charming reminder of how the impossible can be made to seem real, look at this father’s work.

He has taken the delightful drawings of his six-year-old son and turned them into ‘reality’. Do have a look – they are really smile-worthy but also should remind us to be sceptical.

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