Architectural Model as Machine_Tyler Smith
The architectural model has played an integral role in the production of architecture throughout history. Models have allowed architects to achieve a variety of goals ranging from basic representation to complex structural experimentation. While at its most basic level, the architectural model is often thought of as a representation of the desired product, advanced fabrication techniques have brought on an advent of large scale prototypes and installations which act as both model and architecture. Somewhere within this spectrum of simple representation to full scale prototype, I believe there lies the potential for an architectural model of the Gaudi suspended chain variety. I would argue fabrication tools like the kuka robot workcells offer the potential for a model, which at once, denies finality and tests the limits of material and design techniques. This type of model would speculate on possible paths towards a final design, while intentionally avoiding a final, pre-conceived product. In this way, the architectural model once again becomes an integral point in the design process, testing and experimenting with potential ideas just as Gaudi's model did.