Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 2011 Author: Megan Werner ISBN: 9781568988702 Format: Softcover, 160pp, 215x180mm
The ancient craft of architectural model making may seem unnecessary in today's age of digital renderings and virtual tours, but physical models remain a uniquely revealing and compelling tool for the architect.
More forcefully than any other way of visualizing a building, models represent ideas, as opposed to images.
The sensory impact of a physical model, its materiality, is an important step in the design process.
Once an idea is materialized, it exists in the real world, and the real world reacts – with limitations or opportunities, which become clear through the process of making.
A model not only allows the designer to explore freely while testing out specific ideas but also to advance and communicate his or her ideas effectively to others.