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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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Explorative models

The main purpose of the explorative model is to discover other realities by speculation. This speculative process involves systematically varying the parameters used in the descriptive model in order to identify those alternatives that are logically possible. In the context of architecture, models produced as part of the design-development process can be considered explorative models. Explorative models, along with drawings, can be used as a method of refining judgements, making decisions or conveying information—factors that are at the very core of architectural design. Explorative models, by their very nature, are used to try out and test different ideas at different degrees of scrutiny, and consequently they are used at ...

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