Method: Interactive Models
Description of Method:
Model making is a creative and engaging process that visualises in 3D ideas for new structures and potential transformations of existing buildings and spaces. There are a wide range of types of models from quick concept models to highly detailed design models and they can be made from many different materials including card, clay, wood, cardboard and waste or recycled materials. Digital fabrication technology, if available, can also be used to create models with 3D printers and laser cutters.
Purpose of Method:
In an Urban Room setting interactive models are an effective and tactile method to engage people in a dynamic conversation about a design. Interactive models can be altered, changed and adapted as an immediate and engaging way to visualise the development of design ideas.
Model making activities can be very popular across all age groups. However, thought should be given to supporting those who may feel they don’t have the skills or creativity to join in. This can be a good opportunity to offer skills training in handmade and digital methods.
This model was co-designed with the local community and produced by architecture students. It shows a vision for Meersbrook Hall in Sheffield and has removable internal walls to demonstrate the phased remodelling of the building.