Subjects

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

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of design thinking. Through a combination of drawing and making, students will learn how to materialize and spatialize organizational systems, drawing from precedents in mathematics, nature, and other disciplines.

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

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development with an emphasis on social, cultural, or civic programs. Builds on foundational design skills with more complex constraints and contexts. Integrates aspects of architectural theory, building technology, and computation into the design process.

instructors
units
2-4-6 U
schedule
TR 3-5 (studio)
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
TBA
units
2-4-6 U/G
schedule
F 9-12 (5-134)
prerequisites
description

Provides an introduction to working with information, data and visualization in a hands-on studio learning environment. Studies the history and theory of information, followed by a series of projects in which students apply the ideas directly. Progresses though basic data analysis, visual design and presentation, and more sophisticated interaction techniques.

instructors
units
2-4-6 U
schedule
TR 3-4:30 (studio)
prerequisites
description

Introduces core principles, techniques and technologies for design across a wide range of media in a studio environment. Explores ideas related to form, materials, tools, systems, and structures through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and tools for the translation of design concepts into digital and physical constructs.

instructors
J. Meejin Yoon, Neri Oxman
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
T 10-12, W 7-9 (E14-633, TBA)
prerequisites
description

Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames' canonical Powers of Ten, explores the relationship between science and engineering through the lens of design. Examines how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking and vice versa.

instructors
units
2-2-5 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
Marc Simmons, John Klein
units
2-2-5 G
schedule
F 9-12 (3-133)
prerequisites
description

Fosters a holistic understanding of the architectural-building cycle, enabling students to build upon the history of design and construction to make informed decisions towards developing innovative building systems. Includes an overview of materials, processing methods, and their formation into building systems across cultures.

instructors
units
3-9-6 U/G
schedule
MW 3-5 (TBA)
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

Builds on Core I skills and expands the constraints of the architectural problem to include issues of urban site logistics, cultural and programmatic material (inhabitation and human factors), and long span structures.

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

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

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

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

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

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

instructors
Marc Simmons
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR or RF 1-6 (TBA) (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

instructors
Angelo Bucci
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR or RF 1-6 (TBA) (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

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

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

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

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
MW 6-7:30 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This “workshop” examines the power of the digital “image” and its shifting status in architectural discourse and production.

instructors
units
6-3-6 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
3-0-6 G
schedule
1st meeting: 2/8, 3:30 pm (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Considers a new interdisciplinary paradigm of practice that regards dialogue among practitioners and users essential for efficacious and creative design and planning process. Focuses on non-traditional client groups: communities, the poor, and the generally excluded middle-income.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (5-216)
prerequisites
4.252J or 11.001J or permission of instructor
description

U: 4.251; G: 4.251J or 11.330J

instructors
TBA
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
TBA
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
W 2-4 (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines the relationship between urban design ideals, urban design action, and the built environment through readings, discussions, presentations, and papers. Analyzes the diverse design ideals that influence cities and settlements, and investigates how urban designers use them to shape urban form.

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

Examines ways urban design contributes to distribution of political power and resources in cities. Investigates the nature of relations between built form and political purposes through close study of a wide variety of situations where public sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures.

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

Focuses on the synthesis of urban, mixed-use real estate projects, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value across multiple dimensions in the process of preparing professional development proposals for sites in US cities and internationally.

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
Christoph Guberan
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 9-11 (studio)
prerequisites
description

Seminar or lecture on a topic in design that is not covered in the regular curriculum. Requires original research and presentation of oral and written reports and/or design projects, varying at the discretion of the instructor.

(More detailed description coming soon.)

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

Seminar or lecture on a topic in architecture design that is not covered in the regular curriculum. Requires original research and presentation of oral and written reports and/or design projects, varying at the discretion of the instructor.

(more detailed description coming soon)

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
schedule
W 3-6 (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Sharing economies, digital technologies and new notions of community are altering the way we live and work. Accessibility over ownership, community-based exchange and collaborative behaviors are increasingly transforming both economic and social patterns, contesting notions of property and shared space.