On the White Scale Model (Un)Purpose…

  • João Miguel Couto DuarteEmail author
Conference paper


White scale models appear as a regular representation in architecture’s teaching: the unique material allows a student to better focus on his/her work, facilitating design’s learning. Although it may seems convenient, this adoption of white scale models deludes its representational nature. Acknowledging three underlying misconceptions related to the adoption of white scale models—its natural adequacy to express though; its negative value in regards of the difference between representation and its object; the subsidiarity of representation towards thought—, it will be revaluated the impact of representation on thought and the way it should be considered in architecture’s teaching.


Architectural scale model Misconceptions Architectural representation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CITAD—Centro de Investigação em Território Arquitectura e DesignFaculdade de Arquitectura e Artes da Universidade Lusíada de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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