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Fall 2018-2019
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Computational Design

Erin D. Besler

This course provides an introduction to computing in architectural design and develops novel methods for the production, evaluation, and representation of architectural forms and the systems that define them. The course is organized around a series of four successive design exercises that build on one another, each rethinking the status of computational design today. Students explore the distance between models, their data sets, and their outputs by developing competency in computational design techniques through: three-dimensional modeling; algorithmic and parametric modeling; imaging, rendering, and animating; and participatory modeling.

Sample reading list:
Friedrich Kittler, There is No Software
Hito Steyerl,, In Defense of the Poor Image
Mario Carpo, The Alphabet and The Algorithm (Excerpt)
Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and The Politics of Spec
Greg Lynn, Multiplicitous and Inorganic Bodies
Orit Halpern, Dreams for Our Perceptual Present: Temporality, Storage, and
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Short readings assigned throughout the course will be discussed in relation to the design exercises, and supplement lectures, and tutorials.

Design Project - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to ARC and CEE - Arch & Engineering students ONLY. If seminar is oversubscribed, enrollment will be based on seniority..

Other information:
No prior experience using digital modeling software or computational design software is required. While a considerable amount of time will be spent gaining expertise in software processes and methods of representation, the course will focus on critically considering each exercise technically, as well as aesthetically, formally, and conceptually. The course will use Rhino with Grasshopper, Firefly (as well as other plugins), Touch OSC, and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23029 L01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
23030 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F        Enrolled:9 Limit:16
24332 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T        Enrolled:3 Limit:12