The fascinating relationship between drawing and building. Architectural models, long used as tools in developing projects and controlling buildings, or as a way of presenting plans to the client in three-dimensional form, retain all their fascination despite the current predominance of digital images and renderings. The model, in fact, is not just a method of representing a building before it is constructed, but an anticipation of a reality in continual evolution and can be used as a genuine creative instrument, often able to convey an idea in an allegorical or at times abstract way.Through models and their material qualities, projects take on a new dimension, forming an animated landscape open to interpretation that effectively differentiates them from the building that is to be constructed. The models used by the architectural studio 5+1AA for their projects are unique and constitute small objets d'art in their own right.
Alfonso Femia is a professor of architectural design. He teaches methodology at the University of Genoa and at the Florence Center of Kansas State University. Gianluca Peluffo is a researcher at the University of Genoa. Together with Alfonso Femia, he's a partner in 5+1AA. In 2006 they opened a practice in Milan, and more recently one in Paris. Ernesta Caviola is a photographer. During the last six years she's been carrying out research into the revealing attitude of the body in interior photography.