The endless model

Chantelle Niblock*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This research examines the influence of the physical scaled model for the Endless House, made in 1959, on architect Frederick Kiesler's process of designing. New laser scan data was used to create a 3D digital reconstruction of the scaled model providing for the first time an accurate, accessible, and permanent record. The digital reconstruction of the physical model helped to expand existing knowledge on the way Kiesler worked, facilitating a better understanding of how he used the physical model to embody and perceive the principle of continuity. In the context of digital architectural practice, we can learn from ways of making and design processes employed by pre-digital architects as a means to visualize new directions and possibilities for computational modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-282
JournalDesign Studies
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


  • architectural design
  • computational models
  • design history
  • design process
  • design tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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