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2019-07-08T16:59:23+00:00By |News|

There are a number of key words relating to the practice ofarchitectural modelmaking that are typically understood byeveryone but may be interpreted differently, giving rise toambiguity if not misunderstanding. In the interest of clarity, itis valuable to provide a definition of the more significant wordsand phrases used in this book. Perhaps most importantly, it isworth starting with

Modelling the future

2019-07-08T16:57:58+00:00By |News|

           We  described a vast spectrum of models,investigating what they may be made from, explainingwhy they may be produced and discussing how theyprovide different modes of inquiry in architecture. Theuse of models as a medium and mechanism throughwhich the development of architectural knowledge anddesign innovation can be produced remains paramountto the

Explorative models

2019-07-08T16:55:09+00:00By |News|

             The main purpose of the explorative model is to discoverother realities by speculation. This speculative processinvolves systematically varying the parameters usedin the descriptive model in order to identify thosealternatives that are logically possible. In the contextof architecture, models produced as part of the design-development process can be considered explorativemodels.

Evaluative models

2019-07-08T16:53:05+00:00By |News|

           The purpose of the evaluative model is to explore ordescribe something such as properties or experiencesthat are not manifest in the model itself but are relatedto it. The evaluative model differs from predictive andexplorative types since with these last-mentioned it isthe model itself that attempts to assist the understandingof reality

Predictive models

2019-07-08T16:51:14+00:00By |uncategorized|

            The predictive model, by its very nature, is used toforecast the future. Predictive models are based on theassumption that the situation is an established ratherthan an emergent one. In the case of an establishedsituation, the relevant environmental conditionsare given and predictable, whereas in an emergentsituation some of these conditions

Descriptive model as communication tool

2019-07-08T16:49:37+00:00By |uncategorized|

This striking 1:500 competition model, made at Amalgam Modelmaking Ltd for Foster + Partners,represents their scheme for Yongsan, SouthKorea. The model draws inspiration from theneon lights of a city at night and the fine linesof an architect’s blueprints. The central schemeincorporates three huge rapid-prototyped central structures, which have been chrome platedto mirror the surrounding light. Working withunconventional materials and

Descriptive models

2019-07-08T16:47:04+00:00By |News|

  Descriptive models If we are to define the descriptive model in generalterms, then its purpose is to assist the understandingof reality by establishing the emergence of a particularphenomenon and describing relationships betweenrelevant factors. Put more succinctly, its primaryintention is explanatory. As has been mentioned earlier,any description of reality brings with it many issuesregarding accuracy. The

we have examinedthe nature of models

2019-07-08T16:44:48+00:00By |News|

we have examinedthe nature of models and why they are such importantdesign and communication tools. We have also lookedat the various media from which models can currentlybe made and how these can be combined, whereappropriate, to provide different types of model. Clearly,models may be an integral part of a designer’s workingpractice – and yet they


2019-07-08T16:42:16+00:00By |News|

Evaluation of material surfaces and other building elementsis not an activity exclusive to architects. The innovativemodelmaker may wish to explore properties of variouscomponents for consideration to be included as a feature in adesign, which may strengthen or relate to the original concept.In this example, an investigation into the suitability of a textured component for use as a cladding

Full-sized prototypes

2019-07-08T16:39:15+00:00By |News|

          Detailed models are not only used in the field of interiordesign, but also as structural or technical models knownas ‘details’. In principle, these models can be made toa scale of up to 1:1, in which case it would probably bemore accurate to call them ‘protoypes’. In the modernistperiod, models were