Architectural Modelmaking, 2nd Edition

Book description

The physical model is an important communication tool for architects. Although the proliferation of CAD programs has enabled the creation of increasingly complex computer models and virtual environments, there is also a growing need to address the three-dimensional qualities of architecture that may be lost when using such media.

This book focuses on the inspiring possibilities for modeling the built environment with all the different media and techniques available. In describing the use of different models in different contexts, the book provides a practical guide to how and why models are used and what they are used for.

This second edition includes more detailed step-by-step exercises, expanded discussion of materials and techniques, updated coverage of digital techniques, and new case studies. 

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Title Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. Why we make models
    2. A brief history
    3. Modelmaking now
    4. About this book
    5. Getting started
    6. Machines
  6. Media
    1. Introduction
      1. Abstraction
    2. Size and scale
    3. The selection and composition of media
    4. Paper and cardboard
      1. Step by step: Developing a design using paper models
    5. Wood
      1. Step by step: Woodworking
    6. Styrofoam, acrylic and plastics
      1. Case study: Using plastics and styrofoam
      2. Step by step: Making an acrylic model
    7. Resin, clay and cast materials
      1. Step by step: Casting a plaster model from a silicone mould
      2. Case study: Casting resin elements
      3. Step by step: Using plasticine to develop form
      4. Step by step: Casting a concrete model
      5. Step by step: Casting concrete components from a silicone mould
    8. Steel and other metalwork
      1. Step by step: Modelling a geodesic dome
    9. CAD/CAM
      1. CNC
      2. Step by step: Powder printing
      3. Step by step: ABS Printing/Rapid prototyping
    10. 3D Printing: Amalgam Modelmaking
      1. Step by step: CNC milling & routing
    11. Finishing techniques
    12. Photography and film
      1. Step by step: Creating a realistic photomontage
      2. Digital and camera technology
      3. Case study: Model photography
      4. Case study: Time lapse and lighting effects
  7. Types
    1. Introduction
    2. Concept models
      1. Case study: From concept to design proposal
    3. Site/city models
    4. Block/massing models
    5. Design development models
      1. Step by step: Making a wax model
      2. Case study: Process models
    6. Spatial models
      1. Case study: Spatial models as design generator
    7. Structural models
      1. Case study: Structural models in the design process
    8. Interior architecture models
      1. Case study: Exploring light and shadow
    9. Lighting models
      1. Step by step: Light effects on an interior
    10. Presentation/exhibition models
      1. Step by step: Making a presentation model
      2. Case study: Models for an exhibition
    11. Full-sized prototypes
      1. Case study: Prototype models
      2. Case study: Material exploration through prototypes
      3. Step by step: Making a cladding model
  8. Application
    1. Introduction
    2. Descriptive models
      1. Case study: Descriptive model as communication tool
      2. Case study: Descriptive model as practice
    3. Predictive models
      1. Case study: Detail models
      2. Case study: Predictive modelling as hybrid process
      3. Case Study: Predictive modelling as technical study
    4. Evaluative models
      1. Case study: Evaluating material properties
      2. Step by step: Evaluating the effects of a façade
    5. Explorative models
      1. Case study: Explorative model of urban flows
      2. Case study: Prototyping through explorative models
      3. Step by step: Exploring materials through models
      4. Case study: Exploring new materials through models
      5. Case study: Explorative models of spatial narratives
      6. Case study: Taichung Metropolitan Opera House
    6. Modelling the future
      1. Case study: Integrated making and thinking
  9. Glossary
  10. Further reading
  11. Index
  12. Picture credits
  13. Acknowledgements

Product information

  • Title: Architectural Modelmaking, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: September 2014
  • Publisher(s): Laurence King
  • ISBN: 9781780671727