Form and Narrative: Painting Film Architecture
The focus of this study will be the human subject in relation to design, form, space and meaning as depicted in the still images of Johannes Vermeer paintings and the moving images of Alfred Hitchcock films.
Architects, in contrast to most other artists, have a non-direct relation to their medium. As an architect, one does not typically craft a building directly. One makes propositions, explores alternatives and communicates to various audiences by means of other media, i.e.. three-dimensional model making, drawing, painting, photography, or computer imaging. The architect remains a generalist and it is prudent that she or he understand other media.
Architecture, Space, and Culture
Accounts of the social functions of architectural space and associated design choices, across a variety of building types and scales of environmental design.
Cities, the largest and most complex artifacts in human history, are the settings of everyday life for more than half the population of the globe and more than two-thirds within the next three decades. Although history is never destiny, the past millennia of cities inform, if at times only as ghosts, our present debates about desires and visions for the future – where almost all of us will reside.
The knowledge of these urban artifacts – urban form as well as urban process - is intertwined with many disciplines – engineering, economics, law, geography, politics to name only a few. And that knowledge is at the very core of the professions of urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and city planning. All of us are all participants, in many ways, in the design and building of cities across the globe – we live in cities created by a thousand designers – us.
In our time of climate change, this course brings together people and discourses from many disciplines in pursuit of more resilient social-ecological systems within our built environments through dialogue, interdisciplinary research, design, and action. The course is affiliated with Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn Sustain initiative, and actively supports its commitment to helping Georgia Tech students develop the expertise needed “to help create sustainable communities where humans and nature flourish, now and in the future.” It does so first by providing introductions to design research methodologies, critical theories and practices of ecological science and thinking, and those of sustainability through readings and dialogue with distinguished researchers working in these areas. Secondly, each student develops, in dialogue with the seminar, a line of research investigating interrelationships between natural and cultural spheres and the design of the built environment—ones relevant to their individual interests and the world at large.
Traditions of Architectural Practice
It is the intention of this course to creatively explore the design principles inherent in the makeup of the natural world through the art of drawing. Since the beginning of recorded history, the theories and the techniques of drawing have been of primary importance to our understanding of that world. The ancient concept of linear circumscription or outline, tone, value and color has been the basis upon which we visually describe our perceptions and define our intentions.
Urban Ecological Design
CP 6836/ARCH 4447/6447
Direct design of cities is often regarded as impossible owing to the fluidity, complexity, and uncertainty
entailed in urban systems. And yet, we do design our cities, however imperfectly. Cities are created
objects, intended landscapes, that are manageable, experienced and susceptible to analysis (Lynch, 1984).
Urban design as a discipline has been focusing on “design” in its professional practices. It is analytically
distinct from “science” related research that tends to ask positive questions such as how cities function,
or what properties emerge from interactive processes of urban systems. The course introduces how
urban design integrates urban ecology and emerging urban systems science.
On Growth and Form
This Theory Elective is a combination of aesthetic theory, history, and digital design theory. Generally
speaking, the problem with digital design is that it is understood as either fully instrumental or as easy
access to complicated forms. In contrast, this series of lectures and discussions we will trace digital design
(or generative design) back to its roots in Romanticism. During this period architects and scientists were
trying to understand how forms are “grown.” At first only natural forms of plants and animals, but later all
forms—natural and artificial—were seen as generated by temporal processes. We will see how this idea of
growing form becomes part of the aesthetics of the picturesque and the Gothic Revival, advocated by the
brilliant theories of John Ruskin and the beautiful designs of William Morris.
Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Communities
Richard Dagenhart, Haythem Shata
This course is a design workshop, involving seminars, case study presentations, and design projects focused on the role of rainwater as a design resource for architects. Designing for rainwater - stormwater as it is often labeled - responds to the necessity to design sustainable communities in our age of climate change, from the scale of the building to site to street to neighborhood to city and region.
Our perception, understanding, affective response, and ultimately behavior in a given setting is greatly shaped by what we carry of it in our minds. It follows then, that our built environment has to be organized not just to fit human activity and patterns of life, but also the human mind, and that the limitations and particular propensities of the mind constrain the shape of the built environment as much as physical functional requirements do. The main purpose of the course is to give students an introduction to selected topics within psychology and cognitive science that help us understand how we shape buildings and are in turn shaped by them.
Concrete Workshop: Parametric Precast II
Concrete Workshop : Parametric Precast II is the second installment of a two semester research based workshop focused on developing next generation precast concrete wall systems. Working in groups, the students in the course will develop state-of-the-art variable precast wall systems and will work with Gate Precast to cast full scale prototypes to be installed in the School of Architecture.
The ancient story of Parrhasius, the famous Greek painter, expounding on the virtues of drawing to Socrates, the classic Greek Philosopher, is a timeless standard for our critical thinking today. Parrhasius considered the ability of the artist to make initial freehand drawings to be the true measure of his worth. Those drawings required not only a deft handling of the depictions of the external world, but an ability to translate complex and often competing internal ideas onto paper.
Revit is not just a 3D modeling tool or a documentation tool. This course will demonstrate how Revit can facilitate the conception of a design from various points of genesis. This will then be contextualized in its applications in both the academic and the professional environment. Revit will be presented in relation to architectural concepts to understand why and how BIM can be used rather than just the functionality of the tool. Analytical, formal, and experimental processes will be integrated directly into the Revit learning tutorials. Case study “Show and Tells” will demonstrate real world applications of each subject in order to understand the reach of each exercise. Team projects will be assigned to understand the collaborative nature of Revit and BIM.
Material Diversions: Off-the-Shelf
MATERIAL DIVERSIONS is a space for experimentation. A space for Action Design where we connect
our head with our hands and our hands with the materials that build architecture. It is through this intimate
encounter that we can understand, learn and unlearn, maybe then innovate.
This course will examine and present the fields of craft and computation as fields of scholarly and creative inquiry to expand the scope of design practice and critically engage with technological change. Advocating for exploratory, experimental, and improvisational processes of inquiry, the course seeks to renegotiate designing and making as new and exciting sites of creative, sociotechnical inquiry that imaginatively and materially reconfigures practices and theories of craft, computation, and technology in design.
This workshop will focus on methods of representing intervention projects—projects in which old buildings are used to make new designs. We will begin with a survey of different intervention projects, focusing on the tools the architects chose to represent them, including drawings, models, and other media. We will look at new high-tech tools including 3D scanning, augmented reality, and projection which are used as supplementary methods for representing layers of building history.
Building Simulation in Design Practice
Roya Rezaee, Marcelo Bernal, Tyrone Marshall
This course builds up the theoretical and practical understanding of building simulation to support collaborative multi-performances building design practice. It includes computational techniques to help designers generate a large space of design variation, simulate a variety of building performances, evaluate and explore the options, and make informed design decisions in a systematic framework. The modeling and simulation cover the following domains: Solar, Energy, Thermal Comfort, Daylighting, View, and Cost. The course builds professional use of tools oriented towards a practice-based research agenda focused on performance, data-informed visuals, and an integrated data analysis platform. The course critically takes the relationship between research and design innovation seriously.
Using Soviet architecture and cities as primary material evidence, this seminar will utilize maps and plans, original texts, scholarly writings, excerpts from works of literature, and period films to immerse students in a series of socialist built environments. We will study temporary agitational structures, house-communes, workers’ clubs, and socialist cities of varying types and geographies, each of which will allow us to explore and analyze the complex relationship between space and socio-political ideology.
This interdisciplinary discussion-based course examines a variety of climate change imaginaries from the
perspectives of humanities, social sciences, and the arts. We will analyze and assess how media and visual
cultures shape our understanding of climate change and global warming as well as attempts at adaption and
mitigation. We will inquire into the form and function of cultural and social climate change dystopias, analyze
the concept of the Anthropocene, and investigate how media makers imagine alternate worlds of sustainable