The Hand of the Architect

The Hand of the Architect

By Moleskine Srl

  • Category: Book
  • Release Date: 2011-12-22
  • Current Version: 2.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 413.22 MB
  • Developer: Moleskine Srl
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 5 Ratings


Is the hand of the architect, the sketch, useful in a CAD age? More than 100 internationally renowned architects (featuring names such as Assadi, Botta, Fuksas, Graves, Gregotti, Hadid, Foster, Piano) answered this question with 378 sketches and drawings, showing that every project always begins by hand. And showing also a part of the process itself, which often remains hidden in archives, All the works were gathered together by FAI (Italian National Trust) into an exhibition called The Hand of The Architect, with the aim of raising funds to restore Villa Necchi (a masterpiece of Italian rationalism, designed by Piero Portaluppi in 1930’s, which was recently featured in the 2009 movie ‘I Am Love’) to its original splendour. Moleskine follows up the worldwide success of the book-catalogue with an app presenting all the sketches and drawings, along with essays, captions and the biographies of the architects. All the images can be enlarged (for easier viewing of the smallest details, styles and methods) and shared, becoming a great source of inspiration and study. For each App sold, Moleskine will make a donation to FAI.



  • Will not work with iOS11. Save your money until developer updates!

    By RJD55
    Does not work
  • wonderful, but in a few weeks it will stop working

    By msddsm
    I just purchased this app, and it's a beautiful app and should be a labor of love for the company to maintain. But on first running it, iOS informed me that it will stop working when iOS 11 is released. Moleskine should have updated it by now or withdrawn it from the market, and shame on Apple for not advising me prior to purchasing it. Also, Moleskine's "support" page URL returns a 404––not found. Clearly this is abandonware! I am disappointed.
  • Hand of the architect . . .

    By bookindian
    My daughter told me about this book . . . and for $20 USD, this is a steal!! The moleskine book costs about 45€ . . . anyway, I have Kerouac's "On the Road" published by Penguin ($16 approx) for the iPad, AND Jan Cremer's "Ik, Jan Cremer" manuscript (Dutch) at no charge . . . It seems that publishers are starting to realize that digital publication is the future . . . If you have an iPad and are a graphic designer, an architect, or an exhibit designer, GET THIS APP!! I just downloaded the app and will dedicated several hours to reading and looking at drawings. I also have the Moleskine app and carry one or two moleskine cashiers for sketches and miscellaneous note taking . . . I work "in the field" quite a bit, so my iPad or iPod Touch sometimes are inconvenient . . . GET THIS APP !!