Compared to other forms of architectural representation, architectural models have been relatively neglected in the historiography of architecture. The Architectural Model begins to rectify this. By assembling research from French, German, English, and Italian sources, which he frames within his own theoretical lens, Matthew Mindrup has compiled the first book-length historical study in English that attempts to provide an overview of architectural models’ various uses from antiquity to the present.

Mindrup's primary goals are to “demonstrate the value of architectural models in human culture” (7) and to articulate “the different ways in which the architectural model has evolved and acquired new uses over time” (8). To achieve these goals, Mindrup presents six sumptuously illustrated, divergent, and overlapping histories of the evolution and development of the uses of architectural models. Chapter 1, “Models of Existing Structures,” considers the various ways in which models of or related to existing structures have functioned....

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