Concrete Workshop: Parametric Precast
Concrete Workshop: Parametric Precast is a two semester research based workshop focused on developing next generation precast concrete wall systems using conventional reinforcing bars. 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 in Spring 2018.
Politics of the Avant-Garde
Architecture and Ideology in Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union 1900-1945. Alternating close critical reading of repreentative works with films, documentaries, and class discussions, the course focuses on the underlying issues that make these works epecially relevant today, from bio-politics to the architecture of crowds, surveillance, media technology and perception, phantasmagoria, dreamworlds, and spectacles.
Space is the Place: Afrofuturism & Architecture
Theory of Architecture 2
This seminar will explore how Afrofuturism relates to architecture. How might this aesthetic inform the way we think about our built environment? And about social justice? Our initial approach will be two-fold: to educate ourselves about Afrofuturist work in other disciplines, and to study the speculative and utopian narratives embedded in our own discourse.
Theory of Architecture 2
This course examines real examples of retrofits of dead malls, dying office parks, aging subdivisions, decaying commercial strip corridors, etc., into more sustainable, more resilient places. Readings and discussions will focus on the forces driving retrofitting, redevelopment processes, demographic changes, building type changes, the urban design and green infrastructure techniques employed, performance measures, and the theoretical implications of conflicted views of the American Dream.
This course offers students and opportunity to engage in an in-depth analysis of significant stadium projects, both contemporary and historical.
Bridge to the Future: Design Research and Communication
This course is designed to help students develop a design research profile and hone their written, verbal, graphic, and three-dimensional articulation of design ideas. This would be a useful class for any student hoping to do a thesis (or just develop a thesis sensibility), wishing to apply to top firms or graduate schools, or simply looking to maximize control of their own learning and design work.
The Future of Retail
John Peponis and Dennis Shelden
This course will examine the future of retail, whether on streets, in malls, in stores, or on the internet, from a variety of perspectives, including: Experience; Search; Information, display, dissemination; Circulation; Storage, classification and retrieval; Interface between buildings, places and web-pages; Front stage and back stage organization and infrastructure
Bioconstructivisms: Tinkering vs Engineering
“Nature is always tinkering,” said the evolutionary biologist François Jacob in the early 1970s. The concept of tinkering is based on a constant redefinition and variation of elements. Bioconstructivism is the art of tinkering: combining logic with vagueness. This elective discusses the main protagonists of such ideas. We will be looking into early concepts of biomimetics such as Fechner’s and Francé’s research into plant morphology; the analogue computing techniques of Antoni Gaudi and Frei Otto; the work of Ernst Haeckel who discovered the complexity of Radiolaria; as well as how digital design techniques can both generate and use such complex structures for architectural and engineering solutions. We will see how two worlds that have been separated since ages, art and engineering (Beaux-Arts and Polytechnique), can be brought together by contemporary forms of bioconstructivism and digital morphogenesis.
Urban Ecological Design
Perry P. J. Yang
The course engages the contemporary issues of urban ecology and its articulation to design in urban settings. The new commitment of the co-‐habitation of nature and built environment has drawn attentions of city planners, urban designers and architects. The discourses of urban sustainability have to move away from social sufficiency, ecological efficiency to systems compatibility by linking the urban forms and ecological flows in urban, industrial and natural systems. The climate challenges require design and planning professionals to deal with how cities could be analyzed, designed, managed, evaluated, represented and changed to meet the goals of shaping ecological, sustainable and resilient urban future. Defined by two categories Forms and Flows, the course covers theories, methods, tools and case studies of ecologically sound urban systems design.
Arch 4803.6243 | ID 8900
Craig Zimring, Lisa LIm and David Cowan
The class is aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Architecture, Industrial Design, Systems Engineering, HCI and others. Students will learn specific techniques for finding and evaluating research and will write two initial reports describing the state of the research and a final project applying this work to innovative healthcare designs that improve wellness and the quality, experience and effectiveness of care.
The Connell Workshop: The Art of Drawing
Lane M. Duncan
This workshop explores hand drawing tone, line, gesture, composition, and the historic humanistic forces that shaped them. Investigations are divided into two general categories - perception, the way in which we see the world, and conception, the way in which we attempt to order the world.
This exploratory course is inherently (and simultaneously) digital and physical, as a prime directive built into the overall set-up is that participants will iteratively navigate a wide range of working methods and spatial / material results. Exploiting the extensive arsenal of digital tools, expert knowledge, CNC fabrication machines and traditional shop equipment at the DFL, participants of this course set out to iteratively design and develop highly refined, cumulative digital-spatial / material constructs which may only be developed under such experimental circumstances.
Fabricating an Event(s) Space
Furnishing Buildings / Building Furniture
W. Jude LeBlanc, Russell Gentry, Scott Marble, and Jake Tompkins
This DESIGN/BUILD workshop/studio will culminate in a permanent intervention sited at the Hinman courtyard. The course is organized around a central question: How might design between the scale of architecture and furniture, with a primary emphasis on technologies of fabrication and material research, shape the use and perception of shared space? In addition to this primary inquiry, research regarding the larger context of architectural discourse related to communication, expression and meaning will be relevant to both the process and the product.
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.
Robotic Fabricates – Folded Metal Structures
Shani Sharif and Daniel Baerlecken
This seminar foregrounds research into the application of experimental design techniques with material constraints using robotic fabrication methods. Merging two seminar courses, Introduction to Robotic Fabrication and Fabricate, the new Robotic Fabricates seminar focuses on the robotic sheet metal folding methods, for which the students will investigate the creative integration of design logic, material constraints, fabrication method, and assembly solutions. The operation of designing and the operation of making are seen as intertwined, and students will develop a methodology for embedding their design logic into crafting artifacts.
The computer has become a manifest tool for nearly all phases of the design process. “But lo! [We] have become the tools of [our] tools.” – Walden (1854). To overcome our tools, we must re- learn how to create them for ourselves. The purpose of this course is provide an introduction to computational methods of representing and evaluating spatial configurations, perceptions, and experiences through the use of computer scripting languages.
An Incubator Workshop: Generative Inquiries
A seminar in architectural modeling
This course aims to examine modeling as a generative tool for architectural inquiry and problem solving. Students will explore a wide variety of materials, tools (hand held & machine), and types of study (aka “process”) models related to a set of given architectural problems. We will be working in the Digital Fabrication Lab, exploring cutting edge techniques.
Stuart Romm and Ameet Doshi
This interdisciplinary, experimental seminar / workshop will investigate what techniques in design thinking could harness the efficiencies of fundamentally uniform systems while still optimizing the latitude for individual variation and adaptability. Current policy practices to be interrogated in this course will span from affordable housing programs to ‘green’ rating systems such as EarthCraft, Green Globe, and LEED. One learning outcome will be to gain some practical insight into the social, cultural and logistical requirements for participatory design and how to engage productively with communities negatively impacted, environmentally and otherwise, by a decaying social contract.
Building Simulation in Design Practice
Become familiar with mainstream simulation packages to support building design, audit and calibration at various levels of fidelity in the following domains: Solar, Energy, Air Flow and Ventilation, Lighting, Passive Design
Software packages from which we will choose: Ecotect, EPC Calculator. eQuest, Radiance, DIVA, EnergyPlus, CONTAM, IES-VE, Comfy, Umi and others. The course develops the skills necessary for professional use of simulation software both in practice as well as in graduate studies and research projects.
Introduction to Architectural Research 2
Sonit Bafna, George Johnston
This course is a core requirement of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture and is open as an elective to all stu- dents in the M.Arch., M.Sci., and MSUD Programs. The course addresses “fundamental issues and methods across specializations in architectural research; modules on representation and interpretation.”
This course focuses on detailed thermal energy flows through facades and their implications for macroscopic building envelope characteristics and overall building performance goals such as energy use.
History of the Construction Industry
This course is not only about history. You will be briefed on the industry we have today and the particular characteristics that make it unique. You will learn how other country’s industries have developed along different lines and what we can learn from this. Finally, there will be an analysis of current trends and speculation on where the industry may be heading in the longer term. By taking this course you will round out your knowledge of the industry in which you will be making your career. It will provide a context within which you can situate everything else you have learned about the history of architectural design. i.e. how were those buildings actually built?
Building Product Models: Interoperability for Design & Engineering
Building product model is the name given to a public standard digital representation of a building for use throughout the design, engineering, construction, operation lifecycle. Building Product Models are used in data exchange between building applications and also to provide server structures for managing all project data throughout the building and project lifecycle. It is easily viewed and queried. What is the extent of building model data, starting in sketches and progressing through to fabrication-level detailing, or to facility management and historical preservation? Building semantics address both the current pragmatic aspects of data modeling such as varying levels of shape and geometry, engineering performance input and output, to also include spatial and material quality and building quality.
This course primarily focuses on the structure, semantics and the uses of the Industry Foundation Class (IFC), the main standard public representation of buildings, also called ISO 16739. Also ISO- STEP and manufacturing product models.