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Architectural Supermodels: Physical Design Simulation: Physical design simulation

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In the face of the digital revolution in architectural design, modelmaking can be seen as a labourious and time-consuming preoccupation. Indeed, many architectural students in the United States avoid representing their ideas in three dimensions by describing the activity as 'busy work'. However, despite its hitherto rather humdrum image, modelmaking has made a recent and massive comeback in the world of environmental design. The ability to visualise directly in three dimensions is essential for interior design ...
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Overview

In the face of the digital revolution in architectural design, modelmaking can be seen as a labourious and time-consuming preoccupation. Indeed, many architectural students in the United States avoid representing their ideas in three dimensions by describing the activity as 'busy work'. However, despite its hitherto rather humdrum image, modelmaking has made a recent and massive comeback in the world of environmental design. The ability to visualise directly in three dimensions is essential for interior design employers, as are the abilities to draw freehand and technical drawing, although literacy in computer graphics, remains one of the top five skills required by the modern architectural practice.The fact that a three dimensional model can now be electronically modified, refined, and digitally transformed or even be computer-programmed in to its physical existence brings a new and exciting dimension to the skills of the architect. 'Architectural Supermodels' is written in the spirit of this mood of change and in the notion of exploring new ways of expressing design concepts. Case studies covered include Zaha Hadid's modelmaker; Future Systems' modelmaker, Terry Farrell and Partner's modelmaker and Armiger who works for Will Alsop, Rick Mather and David Chipperfield.This innovative book will cover computer-generated modelmaking as well as the more traditional modelmaking involved in Architecture/Building Design. It is a technical manual focusing on three-dimensional models and electronic models. This is a vital book for degree and graduate architectural students as well as practising architects/designers.

Audience: Professional architects, BA Hons Architecture and Diploma students years 1-6 worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

World Architecture
If you're looking for inspiration and new ways to appreciate the use of 3D physical representations, it's a must read.
Booknews
Traces the history of the physical model from design process maquettes to their transformation and proliferation in the two-dimensional form of a photograph, and their metamorphosis in cyber space as a digital model. Three case studies illustrate how and when models are used in relation to other forms of visualization in the design process. A selection of work by leading model makers and techniques for photographing models are also presented. Developed from a dissertation at Oxford Brookes University, the book features 150 color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750649285
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Supermodels: A short history
Role Models
The Making of a Supermodel: materials and techniques
The Makers of the Supermodel
Shooting for 'Reality'
Model in the Machine. Bibliography
Index
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