from the course syllabus.
MIT Department of Architecture
4.182 Architectural Design Workshop:
Generative and Parametric Tools for Design and Fabrication
This workshop is a collaborative course with Foster
and Partners in London that explores a computationally-based,
explorative approach to design.
Parametric and generative design tools will be combined
with digital fabrication and rapid-prototyping techniques,
in a cyclical process, to generate and evaluate alternative,
innovative design solutions to a design problem. The
design problem will focus on light: the control and
modulation of light through the design of a freeform
building envelope with specific performance requirements.
The workshop will involve collaboration with Hugh Whitehead
and Judit Kimpian from the architecture office Foster
and Partners in London. Foster and Partners have designed
a number of innovative natural lighting solutions in
projects such as the Berlin Reichstag copula.
The workshop will be conducted through a series of exercises
introducing different computational techniques and ideas,
and will culminate in a final design project demonstrating
students' approaches to these ideas in an architectural
context. Software packages introduced in class will
include CATIA, Rhino, and Lightscape. Knowledge of these
softwares is not a requirement of the course. However,
advanced knowledge of modeling software (AutoCAD, 3DVIS)
taught in course 4.203 or equivalent is a requirement.
4.203 or equivalent
Limited to 10 students
Completion of 3 design exercises; mastery of techniques
and tools introduced in class.
Grades will be based on class participation, and overall
efforts and results of the 3 design exercises.
These are the students final presentations.
Course Site: http://studio.mit.edu/my/classes/Spring_2003/4.182/