4.500
Introduction to Design Computing

Introduces students to architectural design and computation through the use of computer modeling, rendering, and digital fabrication. Focus on the exploration of space- and place- making through the use of computer rendering and design construction through CAD/CAM fabrication. Students design a small building using computer models leading to a full package of physical and virtual materials, from computer generated drawings to rapid, prototyped models. Preference to Course 4 majors and minors.

Learning Objectives

Applying the fundamentals of CAD to design problems
2D drafting and 3D computer modeling
Computer rendering of buildings in perspective and as analytical drawings
3D printing
Building manufacturing

Measureable Outcomes

Knowledge of drafting and model generation
Modeling a variety of iterations of a design and evaluate through different graphical and photographic projects
Communicate a building design and explain its benefits with graphical techniques
Oral communication of the design twice in the term through progress presentations