Computers began to have a greater presence in architectural design in the mid-'80s. The technology really began to take off about 10 years later. Today, the graphics can be phenomenal. Technology has made it possible to render nearly picture-perfect views of proposed developments, but determining their accuracy is not so easy.
Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the use of computer-based architectural renderings for proposed Madison developments in the February 28 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the February 27 edition of In Our Backyard.