THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MODEL AND A FULL-SIZE OBJECT OR BUILDING: THE PERCEPTION AND INTERPRETATION OF MODELS

DS 68-7: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 7: Human Behaviour in Design, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Badke-Schaub, P.
Author: Eriksson, Yvonne; Florin, Ulrika
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 194-203

Abstract

There is a naive belief in models as a blueprint for objects and environments that goes back to the epistemology of The Enlightenment. In the manufacturing industry and in society, many decisions concerning new products or urban planning are based on models representing the actual object or area. Substantial experience is required to interpret models, especially when it comes to the effect different scales have on material, colors and volume. This paper will address theoretical aspects of our ability to interpret and understand the relationship between 3D-models on computer screens or constructions of models and the object in full scale.

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