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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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This type of model represents urban or natural environments. Following on from the concept model, it is the first step in the actual representation process since it shows the design’s relationship with the existing environment. In terms of urban space, it is important to show how the context changes with the addition of a new structure.

This type of model is often characterized by one of the highest levels of abstraction. Buildings are reduced to “building blocks”—abstract structures that reproduce built form and three-dimensionality in a highly simplified manner. Even so, depending on its scale, the model may include characteristic features of buildings such as recesses, projections, and roof designs. With urban contexts, it ...

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