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Fall 2013-2014
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Computational Design

Axel Kilian

This course is an introduction to computational design using a range of techniques from NURBS modeling, simple programming and parametric modeling to basic digital fabrication. Through a series of computational exercises, presentations, and in-class discussions, we will investigate the evolving relationship between models of design and generative design issues of technology and culture in architecture.

Sample reading list:
Herbert A. Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial (First Edition)
Helmut Pottmann, Andreas Asperl, M.Hofer, A. Kilian, Architectural Geometry
Casey Reas, Ben Fry, Processing
Erwin Panofsky, Perspective as Symbolic Form
D'Arcy Wetworth Thompson, On Growth and Form
Braitenberg, V., Vehicles: Experiments in synthetic psychology

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be three components to the class. The first is a series of weekly and bi-weekly exercises that will be presented in class. Second, there will be disscussions of ongoing work in progress linking it to the readings. Finally, there will be a final digital fabrication project due at the end of the term.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Design Project - 40%
Programming Assignments - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Open to ARC Concentrators Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to Architecture students based on seniority.

Other information:
No previous computer experience is assumed. The emphasis in the course will be on the implications of the development of computational models for design and fabrication in architecture, and the conceptual and technical understanding required to produce them. Note: the final project in this course is a design project which will be worth 40% of the final grade.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22993 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Architecture Building   S04   Enrolled:13 Limit:18