In the previous section, we looked at a broad range of materials and at suitable techniques for using them in architectural models. While it may be tempting to pick up the basic tools and immediately start the process of making a model, it is worth considering one’s objectives first. Making a model can be a highly creative way of designing a building, and a pleasurable activity in its own right, but the purpose of the model should be identified from the outset in order to maximize the results, given the limitations on time, materials, and effort. In the first instance, it is useful to establish what the model is to represent or generate in terms of ideas. That is not to say that the outcomes will definitely be known at this stage—particularly ...

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