We hosted a modelmaking show-and-tell with Dr Simona Valeriani who leads the V&A research project 'Architectural Models in Context: Creativity, Skill and Spectacle'. The project aims to bring together all those with an interest in the history, current practice and future of architectural modelmaking.
We showed models from several of our projects throughout the design process and discussed how modelmaking is integral to the way we design and communicate ideas. It was interesting to consider what has changed and what has stayed the same when comparing historical modelmaking with current practice. Although we now have advanced technology which gives us the capability to create highly realistic visuals, models remain very effective communication tools. Similarly to past practices we sometimes choose to make models with a limited palette of materials so that we can focus what we want to convey. Our models often have a tactile or interactive element to them that increases engagement with our designs.
Click on the following link to read Dr Valeriani's blog post 'Working in miniature - the use of models in contemporary architectural practice'.