DIVISION 8 REPLICATION:
Construct a physical model of one of the buildings listed below.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THIS DIVISION?
- Chicago Public School students enrolled in a first or second year architecture class.
- Any CPS high school student not registered in an architecture course is also welcome to enter this division.
- Any third year student may enter this division as a second project.
DESIGN PROCESS FOR DIVISION 8: REPLICATION: PHYSICAL MODEL
1) DEFINING THE PROBLEM
Choose one of the structures listed below and create a physical model for the Newhouse Competition. You will notice that each building has its own set of challenges when it comes to building a model.
Select from the following buildings:
Scale: 1/4” = 1’-0”
915 North Wolcott
Scale:3/16” = 1’-0”
Scale: 3/16” = 1’-0”
2) COLLECTING INFORMATION
How long has this site existed? What is the history behind its design? These questions can help you decide how you would like to portray the structure.
What kinds of pictures are available to you?
Your teacher will provide you with a set of construction drawings for reference.
3) BRAINSTORM & ANALYZE
- Scale determines the appropriate level of detail for a given model. The bigger the scale, the more detail possible; the smaller the scale, the less detail possible.
- For the scales indicted for the models in this division, representing specific details like individual roof shingles or doorknobs would be overwhelming and out of scale.
- Carefully consider the materials you will use. The materials that architects select for presentation models help give their client an idea of what the final materials can be, but these model materials are not exact matches to the final building materials.
- For your presentation model, you want your materials to give the impression of the finished building materials, without trying to replicate actual building materials exactly.
4) DEVELOP SOLUTIONS
Now that you have narrowed your focus, done research, and considered materials, you are ready to build your model.
5) GATHER FEEDBACK
Show your teachers and fellow classmates your model, to get suggestions for improvement.
Notice any patterns inside what people say? Maybe this can help define your final decisions.
6) IMPROVE AND FINISH YOUR DESIGN
Incorporate feedback into your design, and refine your project until you feel comfortable submitting it to the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the Newhouse judges to evaluate.
Your final project must include the following components:
Base of model should be approximately 2’ x 2’
Physical models must work with the above-mentioned scales.
Please follow these rules when working on this Newhouse division:
Acceptable materials: museum board – any color, foam core, plexi-glass, balsa wood, paper, chip board.
Materials that may NOT be used: paint, model kits, or other pre-fabricated pieces for architectural models
If you are unsure about any other materials, please ask your teacher or contact newhouse(at)architecture.org.
Projects may not be submitted in teams.
The judges will be evaluating your design project on:
Accuracy of representation
Appropriate techniques and materials
Precision and craftsmanship, such as straight lines in cutting, and precise joints
Attention to detail
Originality and thoroughness of solution