The Role of Digital Model-Making for Design Education

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in: Architectural Models as Learning Tools, Bekkering Juliette, Curulli Irene, van Hoof Sjef, Editor, Caleidoscopio, Eindhoven, pp.15-21, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: Caleidoscopio
  • City: Eindhoven
  • Page Numbers: pp.15-21
  • Editors: Bekkering Juliette, Curulli Irene, van Hoof Sjef, Editor
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to examine and draw attention to the interaction issues among designers, digital models, and digital model-making environments. The paper explores the historical developments of the analog model and model-making, and emphasizes its significance for designers. Besides being a representation tool for designers, models are also design artefacts and interaction tools, which increase the importance of the model-making process for design education. Digital turn in architecture environments via information and communication technologies (ICT) have also digitized the architectural model-making process. However, since digital tools are still in development, their impact on the design process is not fully understood. Understanding the role of digital model-making environments on the design process and developing those environments are issues that also concern design educators. Consequently, this study draws the attention of digital model-making environments in design teaching context.