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In an essay entitled "Think Before You Build: Have computers made architects less disciplined?" architect Witold Rybczynski questions the value of technology in his industry. "I remember, as an architecture student in the 1960s, painstakingly inking drawings, stenciling lettering, coloring prints with pastel pencils," he writes, later adding, "...the fierce productivity of the computer carries a price—more time at the keyboard, less time thinking. The thumb-nail sketch—an architectural staple since at least the Renaissance—risks going the way of the T-square." [Slate]