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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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Block/massing models

This type of model is similar to the site and city models described above, in so much as it provides a simplified communication of a design’s various components rather than detailed information. Depending on the extent of the design, the various components may represent the different spaces of a single building or a number of different buildings that form a complex. The main distinction is that they communicate the relationship of that building’s elements or its whole only in relation to itself rather than the surrounding context. This enables a designer to investigate the formal qualities of a design— such as proportion, shape, and mass—without necessarily becoming too entrenched in more specific issues related to materials, ...

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