4.206 Computer Visualization

This course will introduce students to architectural design and computation through the use of computer modeling, rendering and fabrication. The course focuses on teaching spatial materials through rendering and design construction through rapid prototyping and CAD CAM fabrication. Students will be required to build computer models that will lead to a full package of architectural exploration within a computational environment. Each semester will explore a particular historical period in architecture and the work of a few select architects will conducting design experiments using computationally driven devices.

4.212 Design Fabrication

Design Fabrication is an introductory course in the field of advanced computing, prototyping and building fabrication. The class is focused on the relationship between design and various forms of computer modeling/CAD CAM tools as output material verse paper. Theoretically the goal of Design Fabrication will be to a process introduced to the field of architecture by the office of Gehry Partners during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Other architects such as Norman Foster and Nicholas Grimshaw have also adopted this process of design and construction using CAD files. This course is taught in five phases starting with prototyping and computer modeling, ending with digitally mocked up building components fabricated from CAD files of one to one scale buildable materials.