Architectural models are reductive representations. Traits included or excluded from a model reflect designer intent as well as broader values held at the time of their construction. As such, models are reflective, acting as cultural mirrors of both conscious and unconscious priorities at the time of their construction. Models are also projective, offering new conceptions and interpretations about the subjects of their representations. Italo Calvino's character Mr. Palomar reflects on the dialogic relationship between a model and reality.

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Journal arq: Architectural Research Quarterly
Moffitt, L. (2019). Victor and Aladár Olgyay's thermoheliodon: Controlling climate to reduce climate control. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (Vol. 23, pp. 255–266). doi:10.1017/S1359135519000319