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The Best Materials for Architectural Models

05:00 - 22 October, 2018
The Best Materials for Architectural Models, Casa no Pomar / ŠÉPKA ARCHITEKTI
Casa no Pomar / ŠÉPKA ARCHITEKTI

For centuries, physical modeling has been a staple of architectural education and practice. Allowing the designer and client to explore a scheme in plan, elevation, and perspective all at once, the physical model aims to simulate the spatial relationship between volumes and to understand constructive systems. 

Even in an age of ultra-high quality rendering, and virtual reality, physical material models represent a beloved, tried and tested method of conveying ideas both during the design process and at presentation stage. Whether through a rapid, five-minute volumetric test of paper models, or a carefully sculpted timber construction detail, careful choice of material can greatly assist the modeling process, allowing designers to remain abstract, or test physical properties of structural systems.

Experimenting with Concrete Models: More Mass Doesn't Mean Less Light

08:00 - 21 October, 2018
Experimenting with Concrete Models: More Mass Doesn't Mean Less Light, Dramatic Art Center_1. Image Courtesy of LLATAS
Dramatic Art Center_1. Image Courtesy of LLATAS

The contact between hands and models should never be lost. Going into this experience provokes silence, forcing us to think about the care that goes into concrete models. Few words are needed, as models often tell us everything we need to know through the beauty and simplicity that goes into their creation and the importance of the manual process in an architect's work. 

3N1_3. Image Courtesy of LLATAS Dramatic Art Center_4. Image Courtesy of LLATAS National Museum_4. Image Courtesy of LLATAS Monumental Venice_7. Image Courtesy of LLATAS + 48

Architectural Models of Constructive Details: Examples of Representation and Utility

05:00 - 1 October, 2018
Architectural Models of Constructive Details: Examples of Representation and Utility, <a href='https://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/cl/884151/por-que-las-maquetas-son-fundamentales-para-hacer-realidad-los-proyectos-en-bambu'>The models are fundamental to realize these bamboo projects</a>. Image © Eduardo Souza
The models are fundamental to realize these bamboo projects. Image © Eduardo Souza

It's not easy to find theory in the implementation of architectural models: a practical model that allows you to analyze and showcase the organization of material elements according to a particular process. They also allow you to detect and modify the key elements of a project while also addressing the project's executive procedures. 

Together with architectonic construction details, the development of the constructive facets is pushed to the background up until the ultimate steps of the design process, but this is also when we identify what is appropriate for a certain stage in the process in order to facilitate a seamless execution.

In the search to bring ourselves closer to the presentation and utility of architectural models, we invite you to take a look at a series of examples:

The After-Life Of The Architectural Model: Where Can History's Lost Models Go?

09:00 - 19 December, 2017
The After-Life Of The Architectural Model: Where Can History's Lost Models Go?, © Yamil Alvarez / Edición: D
© Yamil Alvarez / Edición: D

The architectural model: a tool, a sculptural artifact, a prized possession, and yet in the digital age of BIM and Virtual Reality, perhaps becoming an enigma, a relic for settling dust. And yet, we are still making them. If you imagine that famous photo of earth from space, of every model ever made in a single image, it raises the question - where are they all? Where does the architectural model go to die?

Model-Making in Miniature: Ali Alamedy's Nostalgic and Painstakingly Precise Tiny Worlds

04:00 - 14 July, 2017
Model-Making in Miniature: Ali Alamedy's Nostalgic and Painstakingly Precise Tiny Worlds, Ali Alamedy's miniature worlds. Image via The New York Times
Ali Alamedy's miniature worlds. Image via The New York Times

Although trained as a Control and Computer Engineer, Ali Alamedy has since turned his hand to manufacturing scaled, miniature dioramas. After being forced to leave his home in Iraq, he and his family are now based in Turkey – and it is here that he has honed a skill in constructing these tiny, intricate worlds from a broad range of ordinary materials. All scaled at 1:12, these complex and often hyper-realistic models are inspired by the environments around him, complemented by his experiences and, of course, his imagination. In this study of Alamedy's work, ArchDaily asks: how do you do it?

"Italian Façade". Image © Ali Alamedy "New York City". Image © Ali Alamedy "Kid's Room". Image © Ali Alamedy "Pipes Warehouse". Image © Ali Alamedy + 24