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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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Abstraction

All models, by the very nature of their existence, display a degree of abstraction, as there would be very little point to a model if it represented reality in every aspect. Most importantly, this level of abstraction should be consistent as it would not make sense to model a building’s context accurately and then insert a very loosely defined and highly abstract model of the design proposal in most situations. In essence, abstraction means taking away any unnecessary components or detail that will not aid the understanding of the design being communicated. There are no hard-and-fast rules regarding this process, and it is a skill that will develop through experience of making models, but usually the more accurate and detailed a model ...

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