The Architectural Model

Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia

Edited by Peter Cachola Schmal and Oliver Elser

The Architectural Model

Edited by Peter Cachola Schmal and Oliver Elser

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

360 pages | 500 color plates | 9 1/2 x 12 | © 2012
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9783858813466 Published September 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

The architectural scale model has long had an essential role in the design process, creating a tangible, three-dimensional representation of the finished building, but it has not been explored as an artistic medium in its own right. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) began to fill in this gap in architectural scholarship in 2009, focusing on the history of the model with particular attention paid to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Drawing on the museum’s vast collection of models, comprised of more than 1,200 objects created by over four hundred architects from around the world, researchers created both this book and a corresponding exhibit set to open in May 2012. The Architectural Model covers a variety of topics, from the rise of specialized workshops after 1945 to the way in which more sophisticated machinery led to a “Miniature Boom” in the 1950s and ’60s. Of special interest is the discussion of the how working models are used by professionals to develop and change their ideas.

Words of Greeting
An Introduction

1. On the History of the Architectural Model in the 20th Century
      Oliver Elser
2. A Short History of Architectural Model in the 20th Century
      Rolf Sachsse
3. To the Stars and Back—The Plaster Model of Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower
      Michael Stöneberg
4.The Models of the Sternkirche by Otto Bartning
      Sandra Wagner-Conzelmann
5. Frei Otto—Experimental Models
      Christiane Weber
6. Exposed Experiments—Herzog & De Meuron’s Models
      Philip Ursprung
Mock-Ups in Close-Up: Architectural Models in Film 1927–2010
      Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik
Model Matrix
Small Utopia

Bibliography and Photo Credits
Acknowledgements and Imprint
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