Form & Modelling studies


  • New MOOC: Models in Architecture

    Since 2013, the TU Delft decided that online learning programs were the best way to share knowledge with people around the world. Wherever you live, and whatever your goals and ambitions may be, our diverse portfolio of courses will suit your needs. Our course portfolio offers great value, and helps you to stay on top of your game, whether you are looking to change career, broaden your skillset, or acquire further academic qualifications.

    In 2016 Form & Modelling Studies developed the MOOC ‘IMAGE | ABILITY - Visualizing the Unimaginable’. Now we are back with a new course with a similar ‘hands on’ approach. 

    The new, entry level, course is about ‘Models in Architecture – design through physical & digital models’. The course will start May 2nd 2017. It will run for 6 weeks, with a study load of 4-6 hours per week. Prerequisites: Secondary school and some basic skills with computer software.

    What you will learn:

    • Creative Thinking: learn how to develop an architectural idea by using physical and digital models. 
    • Design Knowledge: explore ‘the concept of scale’ to relate to context and to further develop details. 
    • Learning by Doing: experiment to get a sense for spatial composition, materials and ergonomics.
    • Digital Technology: experience the potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality in architectural design.

    What you will do:

    Week 1: Your Dream House - Create a simple scale model for your dream house.

    Week 2: Models OF & Models FOR - Create and present a 3D digital model of your scale model by using photogrammetry.

    Week 3: Scale & Context - Create a simple scale model of the setting of your dream house and make a 360-degree background image.

    Week 4: Scale & Detail - Create a simple CAD model for a detail of your dream house and present it with annotations.

    Week 5: The Whole Picture - Develop a presentation blog with images and an embedded 3D model or a link to your online 3D model.

    Week 6: Your Model Exhibition - Pose questions to your fellow learners. Take on the role of the client, while they serve as the architects – and the other way around.

    Though all six steps may sound challenging, the course instructions will guide you through and build your confidence. You will need some simple tools like scissors, glue and scrap materials. To develop the digital models, we selected free software that runs on a laptop or desktop computer. You will also need a smartphone with a camera. 

    So… give it a try and enrol today for the MOOC ‘Models in Architecture’.

    Hope to meet you soon!

    The Course Team:

    “The Thinker” (our cartoon character), Martijn, Jitske, Lieke, Sanne and Remko.

    PS: You can also enrol here for the September 26 re-run of the IMAGE ABILITY course.

  • Model Alexanderpolder, 1955-2016

    An urban design dating from 1953 is showing a rough plan of Rotterdam with infrastructure linked to “Amsterdam, Angleterre, Allemagne and Belgique”. In the middle of this drawing is a big black U. This sketch is part of a study submitted for the 9th congress of the CIAM, held in Aex-en-Provence, July 1953. The competitor was team ‘Opbouw’, a group of Rotterdam based architects and urban planners. The study shows a plan for a totally new district in Rotterdam situated in the Prins Alexanderpolder, at that time a rural area.
    The study was a continuation of studies for Pendrecht in the south of Rotterdam, built in 1952 to a design of Lotte Stam-Beese. The theme of the new study was chosen in consultation with the Urban planning department, ‘dienst Stadsontwikkeling’. The department decided earlier to change the function of the area to residential to be part of the reconstruction of Rotterdam. De ‘Opbouw’ made a plan for 37.000 inhabitants, spread over eight ‘residential areas’, for 4000 people each, and three big apartment buildings, for 1500 people each. In the middle of the plan was an area with extensive facilities for the district and the city; shops, companies, industrial buildings, a hotel, a concert hall and a big stadium. A lot of attention was given to the integration of agriculture, like greenhouses, in the central area.
    The main purpose of the design: maximize differentiation and variation in the living environment, resulting in an attractive neighbourhood for people from different communities.

    In 1955 the plan is translated into a huge 1:200 scale model. The occasion was the E55 Manifestation in Rotterdam. The model was part of an exhibition called ;“The city of tomorrow….that could be built today”. The model was made by the institution ‘Bouwcentrum’, measuring 15 by 15 meters, constructed in the multi-purpose hall Ahoy. The model was exhibited in a way the changing lighting showed the daily sequence of the sun and the shadows created by it.

    In 1981 the model was reconstructed for an exhibition in Museum Boymans-van Beuningen called ‘Het Nieuwe Bouwen 1920-1960’. The baseplates showing the street map are missing at that time. The map was translated into a flat graphical image painted on wooden panels. Some original building blocks were missing and were being replaced by unicolor painted, abstract blocks. The model is measuring 9 by 12 meters at that time.

    The building blocks ended up being kept in the depot of Museum Rotterdam, the new baseplates were left out. The cardboard boxes containing these blocks were almost forgotten until the museum had to come up with a totally new exhibition for the reopening of the museum in 2016. The building blocks were taken out of the boxes and research was opening eyes and the enthusiasm started to rise. The museum soon found out that the reconstruction of the model would be  a lot of work and they would need some help. After asking around they came in contact with the TU Delft, the faculty of Architecture, department Modelling Studies. When meeting up the reconstruction started to become a reachable goal.

    The involved people at the museum and at the faculty both proceeded with research and the first conclusion was; the problem will not be reproducing the baseplates, it’s how to handle the contradicting information. Indispensable information as a map dating from before 1955, black and white photographs dating from 1955 and information about the reconstruction in 1981, had to be transformed into a model representing the original model. Some decisions had to be made by the team at the TU in dialogue with the museum. One of them was to rebuild the base showing the street map in three dimensions, like the original model seemed to have had. Because of the black and white photographic information the colour of the base was unknown. The second important decision was to rebuild the model in full colour, inspired by the colours of the paint used for the building blocks. The most important decision was to regard the lack of information as a possibility to bring the past to life by reinventing it. By doing so, the side effect was regaining the fifties spirit of reconstructing Rotterdam.

    The reconstructed scale model can be seen in Museum Rotterdam: 

  • Visit us in the Form Studies Hall in the Southern Atrium, BK City

  • Exhibit Ornamatics Capital results - 3D printed collumns and capitals

  • Friday 28th January 16.00 hrs: Open House Minor House of the future



  • 150 models of art-gallery the Kunsthal in the Kunsthal

    At the end of the third year of their studies, the students at the Faculty are required to perform a Bachelor’s assignment with the working title Gebouw&Techniek (Buildings and Technology). The past two years they had to create a new or improved Kunsthal in nine weeks. From 5 July - 30 August in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam.

    To get the process into gear, the educational content during the first week consists of lectures presented by the staff of the Kunsthal, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), the Municipality of Rotterdam and TU Delft. This, together with a visit to the Kunsthal, forms the input to a process of meticulous documentation that is undertaken with guidance from the teaching staff. The main subjects are: What activities take place in the building? How convenient is the location in relation to the city? How are sunlighting and architectural proportions designed? How was it constructed, with what connectivity and other technical details? Why did they choose to use certain materials, how healthy is the interior climate and how sustainable is the building?

    Once this analysis has been completed, they proceed to a modelling workshop. Each group of three or four students produces a documentation model in one day, making use of the documentation material that has been gathered.

    After this intensive and inspiring workshop the project continues with each student working individually. Professors of architecture, support structures, climate and sustainability assist with the design of an improved or completely rebuilt Kunsthal that complies with modern standards. During this phase, the students are invited to present their plans in the form of a progress report to their professors. The professors offer feedback and the students then work out the details for the final presentation, which is once again judged by a jury of professors. If the students have achieved the required study results and have completed this last project successfully, they will receive their Bachelor of Science diploma. Many students go on to take a specialised two-year Master’s course.

  • Exhibition CAMLAB 10Y(ears)


    From September 18th until October 1st the exhibition CAMLAB 10Y will be on view in the faculty’s Form Studies hall / Southern Atrium.

    The initiative marks the tenth anniversary of the faculty’s Computer Aided Modelling facilities and has been planned to coincide with the international eCAADe conference in Delft, September 18th – 21st.
The exhibition gives an overview of state-of-the-art computer-aided modelling techniques and their various applications in design education and research, as initiated by the Delft Form and Modelling Studies group.
On Tuesday October 1st at 16.30 hrs. the exhibition will be festively ‘closed’ by the Dean of the Architecture faculty, professor Karin Laglas.
Staff members and students are invited to come and have a last look at the exhibited material (and to have a drink) coming first of October!
    Jack Breen, Martijn Stellingwerff and Peter Koorstra

    Form & Modelling Studies
Faculty of Architecture
TU Delft

    exhibition in the M -museum in Leuven

    How can architecture give greater significance to its environs? And how do these environs contribute to high-quality architecture?
    On the basis of six projects that have won provincial architecture prizes in recent years, Stad en Architectuur is joining Architecture in Context in looking for answers to spatial and architectural problems for the future.

    Form & Modelling Studies has contributed to the exhibition with six contextual scale models. The models show the six projects as icons within their context. Deliberate choices were made to express the essence of each urban environment. Many computer aided fabrication methods were used: CNC milling, lasercutting and 3D printing. 

    More info:

    WHERE: M - Museum Leuven / Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 leuven 
    WHEN: till 02.06.2013
    OPENING HOURS: mon-sun 11:00-18:00, thur 11:00-22:00, closed on wednesday