The ancient craft of architectural model making may seem unnecessary in today’s age of digital renderings and virtual tours, but physical models remain a uniquely revealing and compelling tool for the architect.
Once an idea is materialised, it exists in the real world, and the real world reacts with limitations or opportunities that become clear through the process of making. A model not only allows the designer to explore freely while testing out specific ideas but also to advance and communicate his or her ideas effectively to others.
This latest addition to the Architecture Briefs series presents the nuts and bolts of model making. In 33 ‘concept blocks,’ Megan Werner explores a wide range of possible types, including laser-scored acrylic models, basswood topography models, acid-etched metal blocks, peeled paper blocks, D-print models, cement pour blocks and many more. Model Making includes handy appendices on materials, tools and tips and techniques, as well as a glossary of design concepts.
About the Author
Megan Werner is the Founder of zDp Models, a San Francisco-based model-making firm. Her client list includes Microsoft, SOM, Renzo Piano, Gensler, IDEO and Stanford University. She is an Adjunct Professor in the interior design department at the California College of the Arts.
About the Publisher
For nearly 40 years, Princeton Architectural Press has been a leading publisher of books on architecture, design and visual culture. In recent years, the Press broadened its scope, introducing a children’s list and a line of stationery products. Princeton Architectural Press made its reputation by identifying new trends, publishing first books on emerging talents, as well as definitive works on established names, and by creating books of unsurpassed design quality and production values, producing nearly 1,000 intelligent and stimulating publications.