This theory seminar is a combination of aesthetic theory, history and design philosophy. The series is based on my book, The Sympathy of Things, which develops a “speculative aesthetics” partially inspire by the works of John Ruskin and William Morris. For Ruskin the earth was wrapped in a “veil of intermediate being,” a surface that was both dead and alive, or mineral and organic. Many thinkers of that period did not draw a sharp line between what was alive and what dead. All things have what is called “agency”; they interact with one another as in an ecology. For Ruskin and Morris this was most clearly visible in the architecture of the Gothic where parts correspond with one another in a way that is completely different than in other architectures. These ideas have deep roots in Romanticism that have lead to contemporary thinking on ecology and networks.
Understanding cities, the largest and most complex artifacts in human history, is the core of urban design knowledge and is essential for the disciplines and practices of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. The foundation of that knowledge – urban form and urban process - is also intertwined with other disciplines, including civil and environmental engineering, law, economics, geography, political science and many more. This course is taught from historical vantage points across the globe, recognizing that urban form is shaped by many influences - ecological, technological, cultural, political and economic.
Get 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
“Transition to the Profession: What’s Next?” is an incubator workshop for students interested in learning and talking about life after Tech. Students will engage in active discussions with young to mid-level professionals and faculty with a focus on preparation for navigating the profession.
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.
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.
Concrete Workshop: Parametric Precast Part II is an extension of the fall workshop. In the workshop we will be completing detailed design development and fabrication of a full scale precast installation to be installed on the Atlanta Beltline. Students will learn advanced geometry, parametric modeling, and CNC fabrication in the first part of the workshop in order to realize the design in full scale. Fundamentals of reinforced concrete design, Ultra--‐High Performance Concrete, connection design, formwork design, casting / finishing procedures, and erection process will be covered in the workshop. At the same time students will be asked to speculate on new and novel methods of designing and building in precast concrete.
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.
The course is nominally about diagrams. But diagrams are not the subject of the course; the subject is the conceptual intent underlying designs: the set of ideas and values that govern the organization of activities and experience in buildings. The aim of the course is to help students develop the ability to understand and describe this conceptual intent. This ability is naturally central to criticism, but it is intrinsically necessary to design as well. Amongst other things, students will learn that there is no “innocent” or “all-purpose” approach to making diagrams using generic categories; diagrams are theory-laden, rhetorical devices, and their use implies the adoption and instantiation of critical positions towards the building or work to be analyzed. Not just this, there is no difference in principle between diagrams and other kinds of architectural drawings. In this, architectural drawings are distinguished from diagrams in general; their aim is not to just to explain, or describe, it is also to persuade and express.
Visual Composition - Visual Semiotics - Color Theory (additive and subtractive color systems) - Seeing vs Looking - Visual Communication - Thinking Visually Critical Understanding of Images and Image Making
THIS COURSE will familiarize students with the intellectual history of collage, will examine related practices within allied arts— architecture, literature, visual arts, film—and will engage a series of intensive exercises in collage making in which landscapes at multiple scales will be examined for the generative lessons they hold for seeing, thinking, and making.
Award programs participate simultaneously in popular, scholarly, and professional conversations. Winning projects, and the response they generate, are a measure of how architecture is conceived and received at a particular moment within the discipline, the profession, and culture at large. Looking at more than one cycle -- comparing winners across successive editions of the same, or different, award programs -- larger patterns emerge; one can trace shifts in architectural production and reception across time and in different cultural and geographical regions.
The course looks at the building façade as a complex of architectural expression, technical problem-solving, and construction and fabrication. The “façade engineer” is a specialization that arose in the 1980’s and has gained importance as the demands of façade performance and cost effectiveness –not to say legal and financial risk-avoidance, has risen on projects large and small. While engineering aspects will be discussed, the course is not highly technical, and not computationally based. It is designed for the architecture student who wants to explore façade design in greater depth and who wants to improve the quality and depth of their own research and/or design studio projects.
This construction-innovation workshop explores the essential relationship between building materials, geometry, and structures [matter, shapes, and forces]. Students will be divided into two distinct research units: one focusing on thinness and the other thickness in context of funicular masonry structures. In the first part of the course, students will be provided with a base of appropriate structural analysis techniques for pursuing structural design research and knowledge of construction methods. Short lectures will be accompanied by discussion and lab sessions, together with weekly readings. Lab exercises include theoretical design and analysis exercises using both manual and computational methods, construction methods, material testing, and site visits.
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.
Having gained substantial momentum within the past decade, advancements in the field of robotics in architecture continue to develop at an astonishing rate. Countless experiments, demonstrations and professional applications of automated assembly applications carried out in academic institutions and professional fields across the globe point to a host of inevitably transformative impacts within design professions and construction industries. It is evident that everwidening access to robotic equipment provides architects with unique opportunities to extend their reach into fundamentally new modes of design, spatial operation and material production. This introductory course aims to serve as a point of entry into this wide field of potential and development, and is geared to be a hands-on working seminar centered on the Kuka robotic arm (KR 120 R2500 PRO) in the Digital Fabrication Laboratory (DFL).
A hands-on course/workshop with the objective of learning and refining skills of manual, mechanical and CNC production at the scale of a courtyard installation. This course offers opportunities at the Digital Fabrication Lab to increase your knowledge of the many mechanical means of moving from design concept to physical fact. The third, and final, course in a series focused on the design and erection of a permanent installation at the Hinman Research Building courtyard. The curriculum addresses material properties and selection, product performance, machine processes, numerical control production processes, and design for fabrication criteria.
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.
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 public social contract increasingly at risk.
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.
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?
While Georgia Tech provides individual class instruction on estimating, engineering economics and value engineering, there is now the need for a higher level of understanding on the broader subject of cost management and cost control from early project inception to completion. From surveys of our peer institutions, this 3-credit course will be unique in offering our students in construction, civil engineering and architecture the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to improve performance in this field, which are widely sort after for careers in program and project management.
This is a research oriented elective class, with two aims.
1. To introduce theories or architectural space and associated methods of spatial analysis that can be applied to: (a) model the human functions of buildings; (b) benchmark design alternatives; (c) evaluate competing designs to support design choices; (d) inform the design imagination.
2. Collectively pursue a particular research question, a different one each time the class is offered. This year the focus will be on understanding and representing buildings as spatial interfaces between different categories of people, experience, or function.