Individual work. Studio Project
Fall 2018 at The Cooper Union
Instructed by Michael Young

Giant in the Rabbit Hole / Thumbelina on a Beanstalk

Studio: Architecture / Representation / Discourse

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This project investigates the intrinsic bias of physical models as representational tools for architectural design.


Physical models enable our imagination of scale-shifting. Models are rabbit holes where architects travel as both a thumbelina and on the beanstalk. Models as the mediators between thinking and final output of the design process, perform not only as the representations but also as tools. Materials, scale, and texture, together influence our bodily interaction with a model. A model simultaneously materializes the concept and the effect.

However the shifting of scales, models achieve their effects through material. Materials is a non-reductive part for model making. Architecture models are signifiers that simulate architectural elements in a bigger scale reality. Yet the models are not merely an abstraction of reality, but reality itself that its physical qualities cannot be deducted as pure abstract concept. Anchoring in the physical world, material selection for architectural models influences how we read the models.

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