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Designing with Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Architectural Design Models Paperback – 29 Feb 2000


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (29 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047134589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471345893
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 1.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only comprehensive guide to basic and advanced design process modeling tools, materials, and techniques For nearly a century, three–dimensional models have been considered an indispensable tool of the architectural design process. Models provide designers with an extremely effective medium for exploring ideas, testing theories, and discovering innovative solutions. Unfortunately, most guides to architectural modeling focus primarily on how to produce finished presentation models. Consequently, students are forced to learn the basics of design modeling from their peers, instructors, or frustrating trial and error. Designing with Models, the first complete, step–by–step guide to basic and advanced design process modeling, significantly reduces the learning curve. Architect Criss Mills acquaints you with essential design modeling terms, equipment, materials, and construction methods. Then, with the help of more than 700 high–quality photographs and four in–depth case studies, he walks you through the basics of determining scale; generating new ideas; exploring design alternatives; modifying, editing, and integrating new forms into models; and adding details and other final–stage refinements. Mills also provides detailed guidance on how to model using advanced tools and materials. You learn how to model with wood, found objects, metal rods and screens, clay, plexiglass, and other materials. You also learn how to work safely and effectively with power tools such as belt sanders, table saws, drills, and band saws, as well as how to transfer model dimensions to 2D plan, section, and elevation drawings.

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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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dea Richardson on 14 May 2010
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Absolutely inspiring, the journey of creating models is just so delighting. Get the book and you will enjoy. For beginners it will be a great help.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Attwood on 31 Aug 2013
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This book is brilliant and although I have finished my coursework, I won't part with the book. It is full of details in words and pictures and even a learner, as I was, would find it easy to follow.
I would buy from this company again.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
with poor pix, this is too much 11 Nov 2004
By kt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was astonished with poor quality of BW pictures this book contains. And I paid $50 for this? The photos are poorly lit so the details are not clear, and not sharp enough for this kind of printing. Texts are rather sketchy too. Intrestingly, resources contain a section for books on presentation models. I found most of them are out of print.

I can just imagine this book's innitial run was so low that gave this hefty price tag to this book.

Unless you have a lot of money to waste, or you're advanced, you'll be surprised like me.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Design With Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Arch 16 May 2000
By Mr. Gregory Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gives helpful methods of design methods intergrated with the model creation process. Things such as representation of materiality and techniques in the process of model creation are described. Very nice tool for those looking to branch their technique past 3D/2D computer and hand drawing design.
60 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Designing With Models Designing With Models 6 Jun 2000
By Bechir Kenzari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From the standpoint of representation, and despite the advent of computer graphics and animation, the architectural model has persisted in being a privileged way of expressing architectural intentions. The irresistible iconic relation between the model and the building, and the intimacy witnessed through this association, has unquestionably contributed to this survival. Because in the model no extra interpretive energy is needed to grasp the intended, and because there is definitely a pleasure in seeing something big represented by something similar to it but smaller, the critical denigration of model-making has been minimum. This is unlike the case of the plan and other classical modes of projecting buildings where the conventional nature of representation has opened the gates for questioning their legitimacy. From the angle of making and performing, model-making has also remained a very powerful means of exploring ideas that have 3-d space as their support. The relative absence of a cognitive distance between intentions and their crystallization in the sensible realm, due essentially to the paramount role the hand directly plays in the shaping of a given design idea, has reinforced an interest in model-making as a means for expressing the immediate and the spontaneous. A closer relation the other visual arts has followed, and the architectural model has become a competent candidate not only for expressing design ideas but also emotions and feelings. The author, who is both an architect and an artist, seems to be implicitly alluding to these stands in one fashion or the other.
Now this Studio guide to making and using architectural design models begins with an introduction to the equipment, materials and model types. In detail, Chapter Two tackles basic techniques for assembling model components. Cutting, attaching, fitting, templating and finishing routines are provided with clear instructions and illustrations. Chapter Three, I think, remains the heart of the guide. Here the author explores a framework for conceiving and using models. As a pedagogic section, this chapter is full of tutoring guidelines and is a meticulously comprehensive investigation. Much of what is suggested in relation to scale, ideas, manipulation and development of models remains focussed. Mill's analysis here illustrates the paramount role models can play not only in representing defined architectural ideas but also as the prime generators of information without the aid of drawings or exact scales. The dialectical relation between sketch models and concept drawings is investigated nonetheless. But it is the stress on the idea that architectural thinking could be deeply investigated through model-making, with all possible alternatives, that is interesting. "Often, " Mill writes, " new directions emerge that do not follow the original intention. Instead of ignoring these and steering the design along preconceived paths, it can be profitable to let go of earlier ideas and follow the implications suggested by the model. This may involve following the design through a strong shift in direction or even returning to an earlier generation in preference to latter versions. " Other observations like these follow. In Chapter Four, the author applies a step-by-step case study of concepts and techniques in relation to the design of five cases: a residence, a multifamily house, a sculptural foundry, an office building and an urban park. These projects trace the evolution of design from early conceptual stages to finishing models. Many assembly techniques and strategies presented in Chapters Two and Three are shown to convey possible applications in the context of evolving designs. Chapter Five (Creating Curvilinear Forms and Special techniques), presents a range of techniques for making sculptural shapes. "Because sculptural elements are more often needed as components of a model, many of the examples present ideas for creating individual shapes. These can be expanded to entire models if desired." In Chapter Six, examples of model usage from the architecture practice are provided. The author reminds us that in practice, "modeling offers one of the strongest ways of understanding the impact of design decisions on the built work and is of particular value in working with complex geometries." The suggested projects offer examples of models from several types of practices. Many of the strategies discussed in Chapter Three and Four can be seen at work, as well as the connection between built work and the model history that helped form them. Finally, Chapter Seven provides useful advice related to alternative media, related models, transferring model dimensions, photography and detailed presentation models.
As a conclusion, Designing With Models contributes to the (modest) body of literature on model-making in a significant way. It is, to my knowledge, the first complete step-by-step guide to fundamental and well-developed modeling. One could not fault the visual clarity and graphic organization of the work. The black and white photographs do not stand isolated but are balanced by the supplemented comments. The text includes sufficient information for a thorough understanding of the proposed model-making techniques. Although some of it is concise, the text is for the most part well written, and to the point. The lack of a bibliographical section, however, is somehow disappointing, but then the book does not pretend to be a theoretical treatise or a scholarly work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginners 4 Nov 2007
By Philip Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It describes materiality and techniques for model creation but quality of the picture in this book is poor for the price i paid.
tiny pictures, and a tad esoteric 13 Feb 2011
By Matt Mc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found it interesting, but I don't really understand who this is geared towards. I guess the main idea of this book was that the model is a design tool? I had heard the second edition was focusing more on digital fabrication and the like, but it really just mentions a couple processes, and a few contemporary designers using models. The processes could definitely be described better, this is not really a how to book, but it does touch on a few points. Pictures are pretty tiny and a little blurry.
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