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Even as the hand-drawing traditions that produce them languish, architects’ sketches hold an imaginative appeal that BIM models never will. In the foreword to Will Jones’ Architects’ Sketchbooks, Narinder Sagoo of Foster + Partners writes that flipping through them is like eavesdropping on the “creative graphical conversations” of today’s best designers. Among the architects featured are Shigeru Ban, Hon. AIA; Will Alsop; Carlos Jiménez; and Sagoo himself, whose drawing “The Cow as a City” appears above. • $49.95, Metropolis Books, January 2011