I used to dread making architectural models at university. I can still remember peeling UHU glue off my fingers which were already red raw from the pressure applied to a scalpel blade cutting 5mm cardboard. By 3am, the room would look like it had been hit by a polystyrene snow storm and there would be foam-board twiglets everywhere. The end results of my labours always seemed to bear a resemblance to the cross breed of a domino set and wallpaper paste.
Fortuantly, my work does not require me to make a model every semester anymore, and I can focus on some of my better skills, but I do respect those who can, and do make architectural models. The images below are all taken from the RIBA exhibition entitled ‘superMODELS’ which showcases the dedication and model making skills still present in the North West.
There is no faster way of conveying an idea or design to someone than you can with a model. A physical object that is part of our tactile world can be understood by the human brain much quicker than a computer image or hand drawn sketch, and lets face it, everyone would rather play with a toy than a drawing.
Maybe its time for a revival? Should I dig out that green cutting mat and metal ruler again …..?