Method: Collective Models
Description of Method:
Making a model through collaboration with other people is a very engaging way to both to visualise design ideas and to open up conversations about place. Collective models can be large in format, accumulate and change over time and provide a centrepiece to the Urban Room.
Purpose of Method:
In collaborative model making the process of construction is just as important as the end product. The activity can prompt diverse participants to share ideas, opinions and experiences, alongside the creation of the model itself, and a documentation
of these conversations can add richness to the display. Large scale collective modelling can be a very direct and playful method that engages people on a physical level to explore their surroundings and relationship with their built environment.
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. The choice of scale and materials is important in making the model as inclusive as possible - simple materials such as card, cardboard and junk modelling materials are useful here.
For the project ReMake Castlegate Live Works UR worked with people to produce a 1:200 model of Castlegate, Sheffield showing existing and future buildings, while collecting stories, memories and opinions about the area.