Model Making and 3D Representation in Architectural Practice

Moshe Safdie lays out his philosophy on how models are used to test and refine architectural ideas in this essay for the Lego Architecture Studio. From the earliest explorations with Lego, to physical models in wood, foam and acrylic, he explains how three-dimensional concepts are developed. With the advent of CAD and the explosion of ever-more powerful digital tools, projects are now delivered differently. Safdie asserts that while these tools are necessary and powerful, that hand sketches and physical models will always be part of our practice. 

The full essay is available for download below.

This essay was originally prepared after a provocation from Lego, as part of the Architectural Studios program. Learn more about the result of that collaboration here.

Published in Practice on October 10, 2012