Introduction

Overview
Please see courseParametric Realizations
exploring the intrinsic relationship between parametric algorithms and material
explorationsColumbia GSAPP – 2008 Fall Semester – Session B

Parametric modelers are commonly used in the development of digital
architectural models, but they are rarely taken to the point of
becoming physical realities. This course will look at the process of
generating parametric algorithms then turning those models into
physical realities. Students will work in groups to design an
installation that will be the physical realization of their scripted
protocol.

Project
Students will work in groups to design an installation that will be
the physical realization of their scripted protocol. Groups will
develop mathematical algorithms using parametric modelers such as
Rhino.script, Grasshopper and Generative Components. Concurrently
students will be testing modeling techniques in order to create a
prototype for their final physical system. Students will then take
their digital models, rationalize them, and physically construct the
system using a material process from their prototype.
Implementation
Students will start by researching certain room typologies such as
wall panels, lighting elements and furniture pieces; each group will
choose an element that will be used as a seed for their scripted
cells. Students will use parametric modelers to generate their
individual cells while keeping in mind the constraints of physical
materials. Over the course of the semester students will apply
specific techniques to differentiate their cells in order to create a
series of distinct modeled elements. While students are developing
their differentiated cells they will start testing their proposed
modeling technique based on a single modeled cell. Students will
streamline the modeling techniques that will generate a 1 to 1
prototype of one of their cell.
Method of Evaluation
The course will have two requirements, a 1 to 1 prototype of their cell, and a digital model of their proposed installation.Students will be evaluated equally by the level of complexity and the level of completion of their projects.

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