On Walden Pond : Thoreau’s House as architectural model

Taylor, Mark (2006) On Walden Pond : Thoreau’s House as architectural model.

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The work presented in this exhibition stems from a desire to review the way practice conceives and uses models to explore architecture. Although primarily concerned with the utilization of both handcrafted and digital techniques and technologies in the design process, there is an underlying assumption that they speak to the architecture. Hence they are both design and means of assessment. Different strategies are used to wrest architecture from idea, and coax building into being. Several practices take a ‘conceptual’ approach to grapple with scenarios and propositions for design, following this with more detailed representations as ‘building’ studies. But even in this early stage few exhibitors declare their concept/intangible, and how the model assists when it becomes actualised as a ‘thing.’ That is, translation into model form imparts thingly characteristics that often transcend original intent. Moreover this process is subject to variant strategies in which virtual potentials are actualised and presented through form studies or maquettes. Within this scenario most of the ‘conceptual’ explorations are form related rather than say social or cultural propositions. Likewise ‘finished’ models mark the end of the process and signify building intention for client presentation or media publicity. Most of these are fabricated in synthetic materials used to promote abstract form over material content, smoothing out any inconsistencies or irregularities at a scale that is difficult to comprehend inhabitation, occupation or decorative strategies.

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ID Code: 20505
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: Architectural History, Architectural Theory
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural History and Theory (120103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Mark Taylor
Deposited On: 18 May 2009 22:02
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 01:32

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