Architectural Modelmaking

“The representation of creative ideas is of primary importance within any design-based discipline, and is particularly relevant in architecture where we often do not get to see the finished results, i.e. the building, until the very end of the design process. Initial concepts are developed through a process that enables the designer to investigate, revise, and further refine ideas in increasing detail until such a point that the projects design is sufficiently consolidate to be constructed. Models can be extraordinary versatile objects within this process, enabling designers to express thoughts creatively. (…).”



Why we make models A brief history Modelmaking now About this book Getting Started Machines


Introduction The selection and composition of media Paper and cardboard Wood Styrofoam and plastics Resin, clay, and cast materials Steel and other metalwork CAD/ CAM Photography and film


Introduction Concept models Site/city models Block/massing models Design-development models Spatial models Interior architecture models Lighting models Presentation/exhibition models Full-sized prototypes


Introduction Descriptive models Predictive models Evaluative models Explorative models Modeling the future Endmatter Glossary A note on scales Further reading Index Picture credits Acknowledgments

Author: Nick Dunn Design by John Round Design Published in 2010 ISBN: 978 185669 670 8

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Cite: Andrew Rosenberg. "Architectural Modelmaking" 25 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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