A little about myself

My name is Baron Jack Theodesius Knickerbocker the Third and I detest computer-aided-design technology. This maniacal frenzy of using a computer to design is preposterous and sacrilegious. Creativity flows from inside man not from inside a desktop, how can man’s creative thinking and trained artistic skills be usurped by mechanics? Mechanics were not the way Monet gave bloom to his water lillies nor the reason Van Gough built his night skies. How can the essence of creativity live within a mechanical box? Are we to dispose of centuries worth of tradition to make room for the shiny new toy? Centuries of arts and craft pedagogy contributed to a realm of beauty and intelligence. William Morris was a man of ingenuity, the Arts and Craft movement sought after aesthetic beauty born from craftsmanship – the hand of man. This is an irreplaceable art form that should be revered and untouched by technology.

Many argue that this CAD technology will change the face of fields such as engineer and architecture. But is this for the better? The Ancient Greeks built a plethora of temples with an array of columns that did not need programs such as AutoCAD. Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired by Japanese art designed a multitude of brilliant residential houses that are still revered today without the use of Revit or Rhino.

I myself enjoy creating architecture based on the beauty of the physical world, using the age-old pen on paper. This is the most direct way of realizing man’s creative flow. I also revere the fine arts such as painting and calligraphy.



6 thoughts on “A little about myself

  1. Dear incredibly not royal Stupid, Baron Jack Theodesius Knickerbocker III. Thy loathe of computer generated design is admirable. You are worthy. Save thee self from the world of Stupid, cherish me Thy Saviour and the world will acknowledge thee!

  2. To Baron Jack Theodesius Knickerbocker the Third,

    While I do understand your argument. I must disagree with you on a few points. I’m not an architecture, art or even a design student; however I believe the use of CAD technology in today’s world would be entirely beneficial for designers and architects.

    1. Apparently it took the Romans approximately 10 years to build the Colosseum. This is obviously one of the most cherished sites in the world. However, if you apply this particular building timeframe and compare it to this day and age; a site taking 10 years to build would not be the most cost efficient option. The time, materials and labour costs would outweigh any future benefits the site could provide.

    2. Using CAD technology, the preparation stage can analyse the most cost efficient way of building such landmarks. You can compare different materials, suitable labour, alternative designs to determine the most beneficial outcome for the community.

    3. CAD technology increases the productivity of the designer, improves the quality of design and improves communications through documentation of design plans.

    4. CAD technology can also allow the designer to easily share ideas with others (e.g to councils) to approve of certain buildings and sites. 3D models can now be printed to aid the designers in communicating their vision with other people.

    5. CAD technology doesn’t endanger creativity, it merely red flags options where the designer can consider wastage, costs and time frames for completion.

    Fundamentally, the designer chooses what is most beneficial for their project.

    Yours truly,


  3. Ohhhh I nearly forgot….the ancient Greeks and Romans primarily used slavery to build their temples and sites. You can’t use slavery in today’s world, so labour costs are fundamentally important when designing. CAD technology can help you allocate appropriate jobs for certain skill levels in the building stage 🙂

  4. I can understand your point of view. However, in todays society computer based design is necessary. I am an architect, and I believe computers to be a vital part of my design process if we want to create perfectly functioning buildings. For me, inspiration doesn’t begin at the computer, it is simply a way to translate designs in to a more appropriate medium in order to get better results.

    • Yes yes fair point. You say that you believe computers to be a vital part of the design process, but what about the Ancients? Did they not create architectural masterpieces that are still erect today without computers?

      • Indeed they did. They however had much longer periods of time to create these masterpieces. Today we have deadlines, and in order to create designs in a specific period of time it is highly efficient to use the aid of computers in the design process.

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