Syllabus

Overview
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.

Final Project
Students will prepare their installation for a presentation event on December 12th.

Schedule

Week 1 – 10/23 – XS – Vases

Week 2 – 10/30 – S – Lighting

Week 3 – 11/06 – M –Furniture

Week 4 – 11/13 – L – Wall Systems

Week 5 – 11/20 – XL – Structures

Week 6 – 11/27 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 7 – 12/04 – Studio Finals Week

Week 8 – 12/11 – Final Installation

Grading structure:

LP – Contribute to class discussion

P – Complete final project

HP – Complete homework and final project

Project must show the relationship between script and physical model

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