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The Architecture Model: Histories of the Miniature and the Prototype, the Exemplar and the Muse

The Architecture Model: Histories of the Miniature and the Prototype, the Exemplar and the Muse

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Publisher: MIT Press Ltd, Authors: Matthew Mindrup, ISBN: 9780262042758, Format: Hardback, 352pp, 178x229x25mmm

An investigation of different uses for the architectural model through history—as sign, souvenir, funerary object, didactic tool, medium for design, and architect's muse.For more than five hundred years, architects have employed three-dimensional models as tools to test, refine, and illustrate their ideas. But, as Matthew Mindrup shows, the uses of physical architectural models extend beyond mere representation. An architectural model can also simulate, instruct, inspire, and generate architectural designs. It can be, among other things, sign, souvenir, toy, funerary object, didactic tool, medium, or muse. In this book, Mindrup surveys the history of architectural models by investigating their uses, both theoretical and practical.


Mindrup's histories show how the model can be a surrogate for the architectural structure itself, or for the experience of its formal, tactile, and sensory complexity; and beyond that, that the manipulation, play, experimentation, and dreaming enabled by models allow us to imagine architecture in new ways.