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Spring 2016-2017
ARC 596   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Embodied Computation

Axel Kilian

Computational design is often presented as a problem solving tool for design implementation rather than as an integral part of design conceptualization and exploration. This seminar focuses on approaching computational design from the conceptual design direction extending existing or defining novel models of design along the way. A strong emphasis is put on prototyping as a mode of design iteration using both computational prototypes and computationally generated physical prototypes as embodiments of the design process.

Sample reading list:
Brell-Cokcan, S. Braumann, J., Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design
Gengnagel, C., Kilian, A., Palz, N., Scheurer, F., Computational Design Modelling, Conference Proceedings
Gengnagel, C., Design Modelling, Conference Proceedings
Ceccato, Hesselgren, Pauly, Pottmann, Wallner, Advances in Architectural Geometry, Conference Proceedings
Pottmann, H., Kilian, A., Hofer, M., Advances in Architectural Geometry, Conference Proceedings
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
A series of exercises will serve as check points for discussion and critique of your semester long project. Hands on work in computational design such as developing code in processing, parametric design, and physical prototypes are expected. A final report/paper at publication level is expected to document, reflect and summarize the computational design project. This could be the basis for a submission to a conference in the field of computation such as acadia, ecaade, or caadfutures.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Design Project - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
The emphasis is on learning new methods of developing design, and there are no prerequisites, but a strong motivation to tackle new knowledge and work in an experimental design setting is expected.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42911 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:13 Limit:15