Monday, January 27, 2014
Architectural Model as Machine_Chris Makowiecki
The scale model has been a vital tool to the field of architecture for many years. It provides the designer a medium through which to experiment and better understand their solution. How these scale models have been used and how they will be used, fluctuates based on the current environmental conditions. From reading “Architectural Model as Machine”, one is introduced to how Gaudi went about using the scale model in furthering his work. Using white plaster, hanging wire and chain models, Gaudi was able to explore complex geometries and was able to provide a definition for what was previously invisible. As this type of exploration was becoming more recognized, people became more convinced of their control over technology and the environment. With the work of Tatlin and Lissitzky, the environment within which they worked had changed and the model was used in exploring a combination of creative form and utilitarian form. The model became a reference from which certain standards could be applied. Kahn also saw the architectural scale model as a representation of order or reference standards. However, he struggled to define what order truly was. It was the scaled model that provided him with some insight into a possible solution. The model gave him a view of what the future building may appear like. With Libeskind, the model is reinterpreted and the model no longer has to intend this or that. Rather, Libeskind seeks to rediscover his reference standards and does so largely through his drawing. The interpretation of the scale model has changed over time and as new mediums continue to become available, the potential for what these scale models may become will continue to change. Models are able to mediate between the designer’s dream and what is currently possible. Understanding and defining the model will continue to be an issue architect’s toy with as long as the desire to create new design exists.