An important consideration when designing a building or a larger-scale urban design project is the stage at which a model is most useful. The answer is that it is useful at all stages of the process. It is analogous to a drawing as a tool to assist in design. In the initial stages of understanding a site or a piece of the city, a model indicating scale and form can be quickly made to clarify what exists. It can then be used through to the final stage of the scheme, when it can serve as a presentation model, illustrating a fully developed idea.

Urban models such as this example (which is shown from several viewpoints) are useful for providing ...

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