+ MODEL AS IDEA
1. 1. a three-dimensional representation of a person or thing or of a proposed structure, typically on a smaller scale than the original.
replica, copy, representation, mock-up, dummy, imitation, double, duplicate, lookalike, reproduction; More: toy, miniature, facsimile
synonyms: replica, toy, miniature, mock-up, dummy, imitation, duplicate, lookalike, reproduction, facsimile; artificial, fake, make-believe, sham, false, spurious, bogus, counterfeit;
a thing used as an example to follow or imitate.
"the project became a model for other schemes"
synonyms: prototype, stereotype, archetype, type, version, style;
The term Model Village origintated in the victorian era and used the second definition above - the model as an ideal, as they were real villages which sought to house workers in Idyllic conditions.
In their role as recreational spaces or tourist attractions they tend not to provoke critical comment on the spaces they depict. Their appeal comes from their small scale and bright colours, giving them a toy-like appearance. It is possible to see buildings from all over a large area in a short ammount of time by walking through the model. They usually appeal to families and people of all ages.
They may have specific appeal to model-makers or train enthusiasts as they often include model railways as part of the attraction. They can also include miniature plants and intricate gardens as part of the process of creating a convincing representation of places and their settings.
Once complete, a formal series of events, talks and discussions can be organised around the site of the model village using the model and the meta narratives contained within it as a prompt. It is expected that micro and meta narratives will develop in the design, construction and application of the model both intended and unintentional. It is hoped that new models for creative collaboration and community discourse will result from the process.
+ Tours of Beckonscot Model Village as a part of Real vs Ideal for Architecture Week 2005: Exploring the critical micro and meta narratives of the model village.
+ Babbacombe model village in Torquay depicts a range of events that reflect contemporary social contexts. There are joy-riders, boy racers, a fox hunting protest, an illegal rave, a house fire and a traffic accident.