Model to Building: Comparing What Changed

The Building a Masterpiece exhibition consists of many different models of the Quadracci Pavilion—small, proportionally scaled, 3-D versions of the actual building, almost like dollhouses. Models are made so that architects can work out how a building will look, function, and be used. They are created before the building itself is built, so there are often changes from model to final building.

Pair or group your students together and assign them a model to look at very closely. Ask them to compare the model to the building itself. What has changed? Do they think it should have changed? Why or why not?

Come together and have each group share their findings. The evolution of ideas from brainstorming to completion is a process useful in any discipline—from writing a story or essay to science experiments and math problems.