Abstract models

Abstract models can be useful to explain the concept for a city or masterplan. These models may convey notions of form, space, mass, or material. As with an abstract drawing, the intention is to suggest an idea rather than to determine it. Elements of the model can be exaggerated to communicate the strength or essence of the idea.

The model may be ambiguous and exist almost as a painting, with three-dimensional elements. There may be use of collage to suggest ideas of layering, or the model itself may be pulled apart to reveal a certain aspect of the proposal. An abstract or conceptual model of a complex urban idea is very helpful at the early stages of design to concentrate the idea into a simple form. It can be an important ...

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