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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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Photography and film

Our visual experience of space and form relies upon our optical contact with the real world. Therefore, when a two-dimensional image is compared with a physical model, the latter—by displaying actual, visual, physical space and depth cues—appears closer to reality. Additional information collected through our other senses, such as touch and smell, enhance our relationship with a three-dimensional object. Indeed, it is the physicality of the model and our ability to move around, touch, and handle it that designers typically see as the primary advantage when using its form to communicate their ideas to others. Bearing all this in mind, why photograph a model and potentially lose so many of these advantages of its physical, ...

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