Module 6 - Points to Ponder

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Matthew Cristi
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Module 6 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 2 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 2 of the questions below.)

What are the principal advantages of creating a conceptual design model using masses before diving into the detailed design and building element modeling?

The advantages of using a conceptual design model is minimizing the time of redoing a detailed design. It also gives an idea if the building that had been modeled would be feasible to construct. For example, if there is special architectural features, the structural engineer would be able to see if the building would be structurally reliable. Furthermore, it allows an individual to move elements around without affecting other elements. For example, if the walls of a detailed model is moved, the components within that room would be affected and would need to be moved around or deleted. The conceptual model also encourages creativity.

Should all buildings be modeled first using conceptual masses?

When is it needed/appropriate? And when not?

For example, should you create a conceptual mass model of a small house?

Can you think of any examples of a real building around the world that most likely was created by exploring the form using conceptual mass models?

Please post and share images of these examples to this Notion page.

The Burj Khalifa is a building that was most likely created using a conceptual mass model since it has an extraordinary design with various roofs in different sections of the building.


How would you abstract the essential form of these famous buildings using conceptual mass elements that you can create in Revit?

  1. One World Trade Center:
  2. CMG Headquarters:
  3. Twisting torso:
  4. Apple campus:
  5. Salesforce tower: