Dunn, N., 2009.
The Ecology of Architectural Models.
|Presented at:||4th International Forum on Architectural Education: Flexibility in Architectural Education|
|Publication:||Architectural Education Forum IV|
|Venue:||Faculty of Architecture, Erciyes University, Kayseri|
|Dates:||26-29 May 2009|
This paper describes a study aimed at understanding the use of architectural models in an educational environment. Different types of models are briefly described before the paper focuses on the design process or sketch model, classified here as an explorative model, which is widely used in schools of architecture. In discussing the use of this type of model, the study takes the novel approach of investigating the influence of the environment in which the model is used. An ecological approach is taken to this investigation and the paper goes beyond a general description of the ecological metaphor to make comparative assessments of key aspects of the environment. This leads to a summary on the complexity and flexibility of user behaviour in architecture education. An important aspect of this research is the attempt at visualising the ecological data and relationships as an aid to its understanding.
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