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Architects' Sketchbooks I: Norman Foster

Initial sketches of the Commerzbank Headquaters, Germany and the Carre d’Art, Nimes are some of the latest extracts from a new book that documents the creative process of designers

‘I sketch all the time.’

‘Although the computer has revolutionised the way we work, we still draw by hand, and model-making plays a central role in our studio…the pencil and computer arre very similar in that they are only as good as the person driving them.’

‘I’m always excited about the potential that lies within a sketch. I sometimes get so locked into the design process that it becomes compulsive and the sketches become dimensioned cartoons - a basis for more formal drawings, the absolute first step towards a new building.’

Architects’ Sketchbook: Enter our competition to win one of five copies

Architects’ Sketchbooks edited by Will Jones is published by Thames & Hudson (RRP £29.95) -  to order your copy at the AJ special price of £22.95 including UK mainland delivery (overseas costs available on request) please call Littlehampton Book Services on 01903 828503, quoting “TH127”. Offer is subject to availability.

The AJ has five copies to give away - to enter the free prize draw simply email your sketch of a built or unbuilt project to simon.hogg@emap.com by March 31.

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