The selection of a suitable material from which to make a model is determined by three key factors: the speed of production, the stage of the design process and the intended purpose or function of the model. However, by keeping an open-minded approach to materials, architectural ideas can be conceived and stimulated in unforeseen ways by the modelmaking experience. Experimentation with materials, especially at early stages in the design process, not only develops ideas as materials are handled and processed but also leads to different ...

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