Designing with Models

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ISBN-13: 9780470498859
ISBN-10: 0470498854
Author: Criss B Mills
Pages: 288

Designing with Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Architectural Design Models 3rd Edition is a step-by-step guide to basic and advanced design process modeling. This comprehensive text explains the process from start to finish, and includes up-to-date information on digital modeling programs and rapid prototyping processes. The book features information on cutting-edge digital imaging equipment and design software, as well as many new process models from celebrated professional projects. The book acquaints architecture and design professionals with essential modeling terms, design processes, equipment, materials and construction methods. Fully updated with nearly 200 new photos and 26 new projects from students and firms the book walks readers through the basics of (i) material and tool selection; (ii) construction techniques; (iii) determining scale; (iv) generating ideas; (v) exploring design processes and alternatives; (vi) modifying design work directly on the model; (vii) developing design work through modeling scale. The book also provides easy-to-follow guidelines for modeling with advanced tools and materials, demonstrating how to (i) master the modeling of curvilinear components with planar material and casting techniques; (ii) explore ideas with mixed media, such as wood, found objects, metal rods and screens, clay and Plexiglas; (iii) work backwards from model information to produce 2D plan, section and elevation drawings; (iv) record and communicate 3D design work; (v) begin exploring the safe and effective use of power tools, such as belt sanders, table saws, drills, band saws and welding equipment.