Re: RP Architecture

From: Michael Rees (
Date: Thu May 20 1999 - 19:30:27 EEST

Franna Gillespie wrote:
> List,
> How many of you are involved in producing models for the Architectural
> industry? Single family residences? Large, commercial projects? Or does
> RP compete yet with the more traditional model building techniques?
> Thanks,
> Franna Gillespie
> For more information about the rp-ml, see
Dear Franna Gillespie,

To my knowledge, and I've done quite a bit of research here, architects
would not afford expensive rp models. Occaisionally, on large public
projects, a discrete entity, such as a cupola, will be made with RP and
combined with traditional models. By and large, architects are creating
2D documents from AUto CAD, lots of plan section and elevations and not
as many 3D models. When 3D models are made they are usually to create
walk through animations for sales. Not, except in rare cases, to create
models. Architecture is a discipline rooted in tradition.

Having said that, there are of course architects who have used RP to
propose designs and plans. Notably, Frank Gehry. BUt, typically, RP is
to expensive to make models with. (Architects also like to work small
models themselves.)


Michael Rees, Sculptor, 1212 W. 8th St. KC MO 64101,
816 753 3020 Voice 816 471 1004

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