4.450J / 1.575J / 4.451
Computational Structural Design and Optimization

Prerequisites: 
UG: 4.440 or 2.001 or 1.050 and 6.00 or 1.000 or permission of instructor; G: 4.462 or permission of instructor
Enrollment: 
UG: 4.451; G: 4.450
Required of: 
Restricted elective for BSAD, Design and Archi minors (4.451)
Preference Given to: 
Design/Architecture minors and other undergraduates interested in this mode of design.

This research seminar focuses on cutting-edge applications of computation for creative, early-stage structural design and optimization for architecture. Topics covered include computational design fundamentals, including problem parameterization and formulation; design space exploration strategies, including interactive, heuristic, and gradient-based optimization; and computational structural analysis methods, including the finite element method, graphic statics, and approximation techniques. A range of historical and contemporary examples of structural optimization in theory and practice are introduced and investigated as case studies. Students will also complete semester-long individual research projects, which will focus on the development, implementation, or application of an innovative computational approach for structural design. 

Additional work required of students taking for graduate credit.