Subjects

In addition to these subjects, SMArchS and PhD students have taken classes outside the Department or through cross-registration. View a selection of classes taken by previous students with their comments.

instructors
Carrie McKnelly
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
T 10-12, W 7-9 (TBA, TBA)
prerequisites
4.500
description

Introduction to digital fabrication and online presentation as a single design process. Project-based class that integrates iterative design on paper with physical prototyping across many scales. Hands on learning of fabrication lab equipment integrated with design studio.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U/G
schedule
R 10-11:30, R 11:30-1 (1-246, 1-246)
prerequisites
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.507
Graduates: Register for 4.567 (note: 4.567 was formerly offered under subject number 4.561)

Class website

instructors
Jessica Rosenkrantz
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (4-144)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Independent projects in the study of digital fabrication as it relates to architecture design. Students propose a project within one of the following areas of investigation: new materials, software design for makers, fabrication based modeling, robotic fabrication.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-232)
prerequisites
description

Introduces a visual-perceptual, rule-based approach to design using shape grammars. Covers grammar fundamentals through lectures and in-class, exercises. Focuses on shape grammar applications, from stylistic analysis to creative design, through presentations of past applications and through short student exercises and projects. Presents computer programs for automating shape grammars.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (1-242)
prerequisites
4.540
description

An in-depth introduction to shape grammars and their applications in architecture and related areas of design. Shapes in the algebras Ui j, in the algebras Vi j and Wi j incorporating labels and weights, and in algebras formed as composites of these. Rules and computations. Shape and structure. Designs.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-231)
prerequisites
For 4.542: 4.541 or permission of instructor; for 4.582: 4.580 or permission of instructor
description

An in-depth introduction to shape grammars and their applications in architecture and related areas of design. Shapes in the algebras Ui j, in the algebras Vi j and Wi j incorporating labels and weights, and in algebras formed as composites of these. Rules and computations. Shape and structure. Designs.

Topics vary from year to year.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U / 2-2-8 G
schedule
M 11-2, T 7-9 (5-216, 5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.550
Graduates: Register for 4.570

Class website

instructors
Kent Larson, Ryan Chin
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (E14-633)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on architectural and mobility interventions that respond to changing patterns of living, working, and transport. Emphasizes mass-customized housing, autonomous parking, charging infrastructure, and shared-use networks of lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs). Students work in small teams and are lead by researchers from the Changing Places group.

instructors
units
2-2-5 G / 2-2-8 G
schedule
W 5-7 (7-304)
prerequisites
4.562, 4.564 or permission of instructor
description

Class website

Develop independent projects in the study of digital media as it relates to architectural design. Students propose a project topic such as digital design tool, modeling and visualization, motion graphics, design knowledge representation and media interface.

instructors
Federico Casalegno
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
W 10-1 (E15-335)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Explores the future of mobile interactions and pervasive computing, taking into consideration design, technological, social and business aspects. Discusses theoretical works on human-computer interaction, mobile media and interaction design, and covers research and design methods.

instructors
units
3-0-0 G
schedule
W 6-8 (4-144)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Group discussions and presentation of ongoing graduate student research in the Computation program.

instructors
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9:30-12:30 (4-146)
prerequisites
4.221 or permission of instructor
description

Preliminary study in preparation for the thesis for the SMArchS degree in Computation. Topics include literature search, precedents examination, thesis structure and typologies, and short writing exercise.

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
see advisor ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Selection of thesis topic, definition of method of approach, and preparation of thesis proposal in computation. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.