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Designing with Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Architectural Design Models

Designing with Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Architectural Design Models
Author: Criss B. Mills
ISBN 13: 9780471648376
ISBN 10: 47164837
Edition: 2
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $65.00

The updated guide to basic and advanced design modeling techniques and processes

Designing with Models, Second Edition is the revised, step-by-step guide to basic and advanced design process modeling. This comprehensive text explains the process from start to finish, and has been expanded to include up-to-date information on digital modeling programs and rapid prototyping processes. The impact of this new wave of 3D modeling technology is examined through interviews and numerous examples from renowned architects. Along with many new student projects, this new Second Edition features information on cutting-edge digital imaging equipment and design software, as well as examples of urban and industrial design models.

Architect Criss Mills acquaints architecture and design professionals with essential modeling terms, design processes, equipment, materials, and construction methods. Then, with the help of more than 800 high-quality photographs and fully illustrated in-depth case studies, he walks readers through the basics of:

  • Material and tool selection
  • Construction techniques
  • Determining scale
  • Generating ideas
  • Exploring design processes and alternatives
  • Modifying design work directly on the model
  • Developing design work with increasing levels of information and detail

This thorough Second Edition also provides easy-to-follow guidelines for modeling with advanced tools and materials, demonstrating how to:

  • Master the modeling of curvilinear components with planar material and casting techniques
  • Explore ideas with mixed media such as wood, found objects, metal rods and screens, clay, and Plexiglas
  • Work backwards from model information to produce to 2D plan, section, and elevation drawings
  • Record and communicate 3D design work
  • Begin exploring the safe and effective use of power tools such as belt sanders, table saws, drills, band saws, and welding equipment