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

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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 more than 800 high-quality photographs and fully illustrated in-depth case studies and the latest information on mastering the modeling of curvilinear components with planar material and casting techniques, exploring ideas with mixed media, working backwards from model information, recording and communicating 3D design work, exploring the safe and effective use of power tools, and more.

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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

About the Author:

CRISS B. MILLS is a registered architect in Georgia and Florida and Principal of his own architecture firm. He holds a master's degree in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's degree in visual arts from Georgia State University.

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