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Drawing Urban Design by Lorraine Farrelly

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Massing models

To understand the relative scale and size of buildings, massing models can be made using basic information to allow an overview of a city or part of a city. They describe the mass or volume of buildings in a place. This model type is particularly useful in the early stages of design to convey a sense of the density and scale of built form in a city.

A massing model can be made as a CAD model using software such as Google SketchUp, or as a physical model using block materials such as wood or foam. It effectively reduces the city to its simplest form, a series of blocks.

The massing model allows the size of the built form to be understood, and also allows consideration of the spaces between the built form. Such models can vary in ...

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