Subjects

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
description

Architecture Design Foundations provides students with an elementary understanding of the foundations of architecture. Through a series of individual and group exercises students will learn fundamental principles of the architectural design process.

instructors
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
4.023, 4.401, 4.500
description

Studio Overview

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
description

Overview of design as the giving of form, order, and interactivity to the objects that define our daily life. Follows the path from project to interactive product. Covers the overall design process, preparing students for work in a hands-on studio learning environment. Emphasizes design development and constraints.

instructors
Glen Cummings, Irene de la Torre Arenas
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
F 2-5 (IDC N52-337)
prerequisites
description

Note: 1/23/18 - schedule change from F 9-12 to F 2-5, Room change to International Design Center (IDC) space, N52-337.

instructors
units
2-4-6 U
schedule
TR 3-5 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
description

Note: Subject previously scheduled to meet from 3-4:30 pm; now will meet 3-5 pm.

instructors
J. Meejin Yoon, Neri Oxman
units
2-0-10 U
schedule
T 10-12, W 7-9 (Lec: E14-633, Rec 1: 9-217, Rec 2: 9-450, Rec 3: 9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ canonical Powers of Ten, the course explores the relationship between science and engineering through the lens of design. It examines how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking, and vice versa. It offers interdisciplinary tools and methods to represent, model, design and fabricate objects, machines, and systems.

instructors
units
2-2-5 U/G
schedule
WF 9:30-11 (N51-160)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Provides instruction in designing and building a functional piece of furniture from an original design. Develops woodworking techniques from use of traditional hand tools to digital fabrication. Gives students the opportunity to practice design without using a building program or code.

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
schedule
F 9-12 (3-133)
prerequisites
description

Architectural Assemblies, is a framework geared towards the development of innovative architectural systems, with a specific focus on the building envelope. 

instructors
units
3-9-6 U/G
schedule
MW 3-5 (IDC N52-337)
prerequisites
UG: Permission of instructor; Grad: MAS.863J or Permission of instructor
description

UG: 4.141; G: 4.142

instructors
Mariana Ibanez, Jennifer W. Leung, Christoph Kumpusche
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.151
description

The Second Core studio poses three challenges for the semester: Who do we envision as our architecture’s subject and by what means do we conjure up this subject for the purposes of design? In what ways might architecture reinforce and transform an old but historically progressive institution?

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
RF 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

The studio will explore the "threshold" and a range of threshold conditions found in architecture and daily life.

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

Significant economic, environmental and development demands are being placed on many coastal US cities from exponential population growth, demographic change and climate adaptation.  Within these scenarios, the issues of urban health, ecology and resources, and housing affordability remain as major design challenges.

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

The studio will focus on rebuilding in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, in the vivid aftermath of hurricane Irma. Students will select a particular building or type (housing, school, customs house, beach restaurant, luxury villa…) and offer radically resilient new habitation strategies.

instructors
Cristina Parreño Alonso, Sergio Araya (Guest Speaker)
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR or RF 1-6 (TBA) (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

The studio will revolve around the natural phenomena of the volcanic event, the geological processes that generate the tectonics of the earth as well as the processes of extraction and construction with the materials that result from these episodes.

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
RF 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

Design for the shelter, care and protection of unaccompanied migrant and refugee minors in the city of Athens, Greece, in collaboration with Athens based non-governmental charity groups.

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
RF 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

Taking Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre as primary reference, Epic Architecture aims to encourage architects to address current polemical issues from the discipline, the city and beyond.

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
RF1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

design guidelines

a line to welcome, a circle to preserve and a point to view.

three pieces to represent three main goals for a 15 km thick southern border for Sao Paulo.

moving out, horizontally, as an archeological excavation

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
M 6-7:30, W 9:30-11 (3-329, 3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: Schedule change to M 6-7:30 / W 9:30-11 — 1/10/2018

instructors
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
see instructor (E14-140 LCAU)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Working with Guyana's Central Planning and Housing Authority, sponsored by the International Development Bank, the workshop draws from existing physical, ecological, and social structures, exploring the programming and design of community centers and related open spaces as a framework for community development as well as existing and new housing prototypes.

instructors
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
MW 9-12 (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This joint architecture and planning workshop will focus on "rurbanism" in Gujarat, India. Conversion of rural to "Rurban" and "peri-urban" settlements is the most rapid form of urbanization in India and other historically rural areas of the world.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (TBA)
prerequisites
description

Examines the evolving structure of cities, the dynamic processes that shape them, and the significance of a city's history for its future development. Develops the ability to read urban form as an interplay of natural processes and human purposes over time. Field assignments in Boston provide the opportunity to use, develop, and refine these concepts.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
1st meeting: 2/15, 3:30 pm (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

First meeting: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 3:30-5 pm

instructors
units
3-0-9 U/G / 3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (4-261)
prerequisites
4.252J or 11.001J or permission of instructor
description

Note: 1/19/18 - room changed from 5-216 to 4-261

U: 4.251; G: 4.251J or 11.330J

instructors
Anthony Vanky
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
W 9-11 (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Gilad Rosenzweig
units
2-4-6 G
schedule
TBA (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Students work in entrepreneurial teams to advance innovative ideas, products, services, and firms oriented to design and the built environment. Lectures, demonstrations, and presentations are supplemented by workshop time, when teams interact individually with instructors and industry mentors, and by additional networking events and field trips.

instructors
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
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prerequisites
description

SUBJECT CANCELED

instructors
Larry Vale
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 3-6 (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This is a seminar about the ways that urban design contributes to the distribution of political power and resources in cities.   

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Kairos Shen
units
6-0-12 G
schedule
MW 2:30-5:30, M 6-7:30 (10-485, 10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This subject provides students with skills and experience in synthesizing mixed-­‐use real estate development projects. It addresses the interaction among design, finance, market and public policy factors.

instructors
Mary Anne Ocampo
units
6-0-9 G
schedule
W 5-7:30, F 9-12 (10-485, 10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces a range of practical approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites within the context of natural and cultural systems. Develops the knowledge and skills to analyze and plan a site for development through exercises and an urban design project.

instructors
Alan Berger
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
F 12-3 (10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Explores theories, practices, and emerging trends in the fields of landscape architecture and urbanism, such as systemic design, landscape urbanism, engineered nature, drosscapes, urban biodiversity, urban mobility, megaregions, and urban agriculture. Lectures, readings, and guest speakers present a wide array of multi-disciplinary topics, including current works from P-REX lab.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 9-11 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
description

This hands-on studio class focuses on producing a small series of manufactured products. Students will develop products that address specific user needs, propose novel design concepts, iteratively prototype, test functionality and ultimately exhibit their work in a retail context.

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
schedule
M 11-1 (4-146)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Few practicing architects in the modern era have built what they designed. Architects contrast with many other professionals in that they do not labor directly over the objects of their thought. Historically, architectural intent has been required to pass through a medium of communication.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Our modern world is a drawn world. How do drawings help us perform the necessary operations to construct it? What is considered drawing now and how do new kinds of drawings make new things?

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9-11 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This course will consider life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through domesticity as an architectural, ethical, and epistemological problem.  It poses the study of the nature we have and the nature we want as a means to complement the understanding of technology as physical and computational with one that is biological and political.  While we will revisit certain architectural, cinemat

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 3:30-6 (4-146)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: time change from 3-6 to 3:30-6