Entwerfen mit Modellen: Untersuchung zur Relevanz analoger Modelle für die Entwurfslehre

Translated title of the contribution: Model based drafting

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


Drafting and designing in architecture involve an iterative process of testing and comparing architectural thoughts and ideas. The goal of this iterative process is to find the best of several possible solutions, at each stage of the design process. To bring these architectural thoughts and ideas to reality designers need tools. Tools for discussing ideas and writing, sketching, plan drawing and model making for explaining, documenting and testing thoughts. But do the users of these tools, the designers, really know how these tools work or do the designers use these tools only out of habit? Some tools are already known for how they transport ideas, other tools are used out of behaviour without understanding their deeper impact on transporting thoughts and generating new ideas.
A typical tool for testing and comparing the different solutions is still the handmade study model. Increasingly, these handmade study models, are being replaced by computer generated architecture models. In a time of computer aided design and computer generated 3D models the question can be raised of whether handmade study models are still needed. The basic question arises of whether there is a difference between physical study models and computer generated study models, in terms of what one can learn from them, and if so, what these differences are and what are the characteristic elements of handmade study models? Can these handmade study models be used in different ways to generate a multitude of diverse knowledge in architecture practice and architecture education?
The research is accompanied by case studies taken from the teaching work at the Institute of Construction and Design Principles at Graz University of Technology, in order to underline and justify the research on the anatomy of handmade study models
Translated title of the contributionModel based drafting
Original languageGerman
QualificationDoctor of Technology
Awarding Institution
  • Graz University of Technology (90000)
  • Petersson, Petra, Supervisor
Award date16 Nov 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 16 Nov 2020


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