PHYSICAL MODELS IN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION AND THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Development of digital technologies brought new techniques in architectural modeling and in the presentation of architectural projects – for example, virtual 3D models visualizations or the use of Augmented Reality. However, these new digital technologies have not pushed away the use of conventional three-dimensional physical models to present the architectural projects. Physical 3D models still play an important role in architectural education. In this article, we describe and assess the use of new technologies in physical 3D modeling – 3D printing technologies and CNC (Computer Numeric Control) tools, which are used to support the education in the study programs of architecture, urban planning and design at the Faculty of Architecture of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. The possibilities and the feasibility of using these innovative technologies in the education process, the participation of students, and the potential for improvement of the educational environment are evaluated.