chapter  4
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Machine as scale model machine

In the preceding chapters, this study has pointed to the historically important connection between measuring and the scale model machine. As previously pointed out, each measurement of an unknown involves a comparison with a carefully conserved known. Humans define a measurement of an unknown by comparing it directly with a known device, which has been previously developed to agree with reference measurement standards. These reference standards are calibrated from

time to time by comparing them with a higher level, generally agreed upon, concept of the ideal. In other words, the architectural scale model as maquette can be compared to another already completed building or group of buildings, or it may be compared to the accepted conventions of its society. Sometimes, when compared to a scale model, the accepted conventions are proved to be unsatisfactory and may be changed. The architectural scale model can be an important participant in these changes (Figures 4.2 and 4.3).