Course Key: DS: Design Studio, CS: Cultural Studies, VS: Visual Studies, AS: Applied Studies
FIRST TERM — ESTm (Fall)
DS_Design Research Studio:
Design Intelligence: Working on Practice
The main objective of this seminar is to provide a platform for students to do work on the territory of contemporary architectural practice in the interest of formulating their current studio production as well as future professional agendas. Currently practice is in the process of being actively redefined by shifting political, social, technological, and ecological paradigms. Taking as a starting point Alejandro Zaera Polo’s recent characterization of the contemporary practice landscape as a world full of holes latent with opportunity, we will examine the complex terrain defined by these new paradigms and attempt to discover “what is yet to be exploited” in this filigree space.
Coding Form: Scripting and Programming
This course introduces students to advanced coding and scripting techniques using Processing and Rhinoceros as programming platforms. It provides fundamental skills of coding in object oriented programming language, basic knowledge of 3D vector math and NURBS and polygon mesh geometry, and algorithmic approach to design architectural geometries. Individual projects will cover top down algorithmic design systems of surface subdivision and bottom up multi-agent based swarm scripting techniques.
Robotic Fabrication: Experiments in Control
Beginning with an introduction to basic principles and techniques of robotic movement and control, this course develops tools and techniques for controlling multiple six axis robotic arms in increasingly synchronous ways. Through a series of workshops, lectures and class discussions, students develop the technical skills related to robotic movement as well as the necessary intellectual arguments related to concepts and theories of control. The course includes topics such as forward and inverse kinematics, rigging, and programming and the integration of various strategies for end arm tooling. Students are expected to develop robust processes of control leading to a series of fabrications using 2-5 robots.
Free Form Fabrication
Free Form Fabrication proposes a ramified materialism extending to the design of materials, material assemblies, construction procedures and logistics as well as software and hardware used to design, fabricate and build a contemporary architectural proposition. FFF challenges specialization to posit design, engineering, fabrication, and construction as a continuous process open to radical invention, and the reprogramming of process sequences and practices. In this way authentic developments in architecture may be tied to emergent materials and fabrication technology with the capacity to produce a new architectural language and fundamentally transform the construction industry.
SECOND TERM — ESTm (Spring)
DS_Design Research Studio:
The first in a series, this course explores new fabrication paradigms on topics including synthetic and anisotropic materials, composite tectonics, free form assembly and robotic manufacturing, by means of material research, physical testing and the production of sophisticated prototypes as its ultimate outcome. The class is conceived as a design research platform and operates in collaboration with partners within and beyond the architecture building industry.
THIRD TERM — ESTm (Summer)
DS_Applied Research Studio:
The second in a series, this course is structured as an advanced development of the collaborative effort started in Prototypes I. Implying a logical continuation of the physical and material experiments, students are expected to achieve a higher degree of formal refinement and tectonic sophistication in the design and execution of material prototypes. Operating in parallel to the degree project, this class fluidly connects student’s physical and material experiments with a design and research agenda aligned with a specific architectural proposition.
Maya / AutoCAD / Rhino / Grasshopper / Processing / Java / Ecotech / ZBrush / Arduino / Mathematica / Adobe CS Package