Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mark Burry - Models, Prototypes and Archetypes

"Specifically, just as we begin to resolve the model's diverse role as part of the architect's design repertoire, we are confronted with new dilemmas: the model as model, as prototype, and as archetype."

This reading discusses the relationship of digital modeling, prototyping, and models, specifically as they are applied to Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Having the ability to make full-scale prototypes is extremely valuable, although smaller scale projects might not necessarily have that kind of budget. Models like the classic hanging chains are perfect for these situations, as they can inform the physical nature of the building without a full-scale construction. While it is not as common for models to inform us as much as a full-scaled prototype, they can't be written off as invaluable in the process of fabrication from a digital model.

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