How 21 famous architects uniquely sketch humans. via fastcodesign
You’ve probably noticed that in most architectural renderings today, the people populating the images look eerily similar. Noor Makkiya, an architectural designer, argues that design tools like Photoshop and the ease of cutting and pasting imagery have robbed architectural depictions of their ontological layer.
In her series called Figures, Makkiya corralled 21 different depictions of the human body—from classical architects such as Leonardo da Vinci and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, to modernist masters such as Mies and Oscar Niemeyer, and contemporary practitioners such as Frank Gehry and SANAA. These sketches show the architects’ building styles and philosophies at a glance: Le Corbusier’s obsession with the Modulor proportion systems based on the height of a man; De Stijl artist and architect Theo van Doesburg’s use of geometric shapes to compose a human; Gehry’s scribbles mimic his frenetic buildings.