Students in my University of Toronto housing studio are currently building ¼” scale models of their housing types to verify the spatial characteristics of their proposals.  Because all of the schemes are based on a high density four-story urbanism, it is especially important to understand the scale of courtyards, lightwells, and the spaces between buildings. In addition, the students are testing site lines through and between units. Thanks to Rob Wright and Ivan Saleff, my on-the-ground co-instructors, for suggesting this approach.


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