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Fabrication of detailed scale models for eye level visualisation

By M. Stellingwerff


Putting a camera close to a scale-model requires deliberately chosen abstractions and refinements in order to communicate the required architectural insights. Depending on what aspects exactly have to be evaluated (e.g. the visualisation of urban space, building blocks, façade structures, urban furniture, traffic, day and night situations, general atmosphere of a place etc.) different choices can be made for level of detail and materialisation of the scale-models. Specific computer controlled tools can be employed to gain high-precision control over model making. In this conference contribution an overview is provided of possibilities from our newly established Computer-Aided- Modelling-lab (CAM-lab). A selection of applications, made by students and researchers, will be presented. Specific choices can make or break the quality of the final presentation. Insight and knowledge of many available techniques, using the right tools and materials, can bring appropriate scenes before the camera. The input from unbiased and freely experimenting students can give happy surprises and new insights. While looking at the broad range of possibilities, inspired by innovative experiments of students in the workshop we work towards a set of best practices. Especially the integration of different digital and traditional techniques remains interesting. 

Year: 2005
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