chapter  3
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Scale model as machine

The architectural scale model can be perceived as a mechanism for thinking, mediating between the confusion of nature and human designs. This chapter (Plate 8) is a mediation and a crossing between the first two and final two chapters. It will not only summarize earlier points but will also introduce complex ideas which will be more completely developed later. In this central position, this study turns to the etymologies of such words as ‘model’ and ‘machine.’ Understanding the derivations of these terms can offer important insight into the use of the scale model and will help develop a general understanding of architectural issues (Figure 3.2).