Architectural Modelmaking (Portfolio Skills: Architecture) by Nick Dunn

By Nick Dunn

This ebook specializes in the inspiring chances for growing 3-dimensional, actual versions of the outfitted atmosphere with the entire diverse media and methods which are now to be had. via description of using diversified types in several contexts, the e-book presents a pragmatic and powerful consultant to how and why types are used, as well as what they're used for, and the way they relate to structure education.

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There are other materials that may be appropriated and incorporated into the modelling process, and some of these will be discussed in Part 2: Types and Part 3: Application later in this book. For the uninitiated, it is a good idea to experiment with different materials or to use them in innovative new ways. In doing so, you will learn their properties and may make some other interesting discoveries along the way. In more conventional terms, a model is a scaled-down version of an existing situation or a future building; therefore, through the practice of modelling actual surfaces are transformed into a model through a process of abstraction.

Some architects and modelmakers only work with polystyrene, particularly when developing ideas, as the material can be worked with quickly and easily. Consequently, a special type of design and presentation has emerged for constructing architectural models. Polystyrene is typically white and smooth, although blue styrofoam and pink rigid foam insulation are also common, and therefore ideal for detailed work and complex, organic forms. Its finely textured surfaces afford a smooth finish, and models produced using this material alone offer a degree of abstraction, allowing the formal qualities of the design to be fully appreciated.

Whilst plaster in its liquid state can sometimes be messy to work with, it quickly sets and hardens. When it has transformed into its solid state, it can be worked on further with a craft knife or sandpaper for more detailed work on surfaces – and it may be painted or varnished to extend the possibilities of its appearance.

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