Models: Architecture and the Miniature / Edition 1

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Despite the advent of digital visualization software, the non-digital or analog scale model remains a centerpiece of design education, certain celebrated practices and architecture's public relations. Indeed, model manufacture has only become more pervasive since the development of laser cutting and rapid prototyping devices. Why? The physical model remains the most accessible form of architectural communication. As opposed to blueprints or computer renderings, clients and the general public seem to immediately understand the model. Many practitioners use finished models for presentations, competitions and exhibitions. Others use sketch models as a quick, economic and flexible generative tools. This diversity of use leads architects to consider their application. It is only with the rise of the virtual that the advantages and disadvantages of more traditional models can be fully evaluated. This is a turning point for practitioners and educators to understand the multiplicity of model types and functions in an effort to strategically deploy the right sort of model at the appropriate stage in the design process.

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Editorial Reviews

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"well presented, well illustrated and reasonably priced." (The Architects'Journal, January 2007)

"…starts by delving deep into the historical roots of architectural models using some well-known examples…" (The Architectural Review, March 2007)

"The book is highly recommended." (Building Engineer, April 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470015926
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/17/2006
  • Series: Architecture in Practice Series, #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 793,973
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Morris teaches design and theory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Winner of an AIA Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture, he previously worked at the Bartlett, University College London and the Architectural Association while completing his doctorate at the London Consortium kindly supported by a RIBA grant.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : To 3D or Not to 3D.

1 A Model Education.

• Sadar Vuga, House D, Velenje, Slovenia.

• Brain Bowman, Design for a House of under 200 squarefeet.

• UN Studio, Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.

2 Sketch Models.

• José Oubrerie, French Cultural Centre, Damascus,Syria.

• Frank O. Gehry, Gehry Partners, Walt Disney ConcertHall, Los Angeles, USA.

• Le Corbusier and José Oubrerie, Church ofSaint-Pierre de Firminy, Firminy-Vert, France.

• NOX, Centre Pompidou 2, Metz, France and Dave Lee,Hayden Planetarium, New York, USA.

3 Representational Modes.

Part 1: Projective Models.

• Zaha Hadid Architects, Placa de las Artes, Barcelona,Spain and Peter Eisenman,.

Tours Musical Conservatory and Contemporary Arts Centre, Tours,France.

• assemblageSTUDIO, Mesquite Fine Arts Center, Mesquite,Nevada, USA.

• Daniel Libeskind, World Trade Center, New York, USA andThe Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany.

• Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Nanjing GreenlandFinancial Centre, Nanjing, China.

Part 2: Retrospective Models.

• Peter Wong and students, The University of NorthCarolina at Charlotte,.

Section Models of various Adolf Loos Villas.

• Greg Snyder, Mobile Gallery, USA.

• Zaha Hadid Architects, National Centre of ContemporaryArts, Rome, Italy.

and Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,USA.

• David Chipperfield, Literature Museum, Marbach,Germany.

• Coop Himmelb(l)au, BMW Welt, Munich, Germany.

4 Model Culture.

• Peter Wheelwright and Laurie Simmons, The KaleidoscopeHouse.

• Greg Lynn, Alessi Coffee and Tea Towers.

• Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, Logo Works #1.

• Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire,UK.

• Mike McCrary, Mike’s Amazing Cakes, Seattle,Washington, USA.

• Michael Cadwell, Pastoral Quartet.

• Interview with Gene Rizzardi, Hollywood Models.

5 Virtual Estimations of CAD.

• Jawad al-Tabtaba’i, A Mosque for Dearborn,Michigan, USA.

• Steve Turk, Parenthesis House, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

• Ebru Simsek, Service Pack4Robotnik – Gym Updated,Vienna, Austria.

Conclusion : CAM to the Rescue.

• Keagan Wilson, Drive-through Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas,Nevada, USA.

• Greg Lynn, Uniserve Corporate Headquarters, Los Angelesand Transformation of Kleiburg: Housing Renovation, Bijlmermeer,Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


CAD-CAM Resources.





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