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The Department of Architecture is "Course 4".
The method of assigning numbers to classes is to write the course number in Arabic numerals followed by a period and three digits, which are used to differentiate courses. Most classes retain the same number from year to year. Architecture groups its numbers by discipline group.

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Architectural Design

4.022 Architecture Design Foundations
instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
MW 2-5 (studio)
prerequisites
description

This studio aims to develop and further a student’s understanding of architecture by studying the intersection of at, design and materials science. Three primary exercises will help develop student’s techniques of drawing, making and organizing structures.

instructors
units
0-12-12U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.023, 4.114, 4.401, 4.500, 4.603
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
2-2-5G
schedule
MW 2-4 (3-442)
prerequisites
4.105
description

Intensive investigation of advanced architectural design tools and process, taught through a series of progressive exercises. Together with 4.105, covers a broad range of topics relating to the discourse of geometry as the basis of architectural design process.

instructors
J. Meejin Yoon, Neri Oxman
units
2-2-8U
schedule
T 10-12, W 7-9 (E15-41, E14-525)
prerequisites
description

Note: Graduate Students please register for MAS.S64

Limited enrollment

instructors
units
0-12-9G
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
0-10-11HG
schedule
TR 1-6, studio ()
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Studio Overview

A new urban plan for Miami will result from analyzing existing conflictive infrastructures in the city and rethinking their contemporary role from a physical, social, environmental and financial point of view. New continuities, programs and architectures will derive from a combined research-design approach.

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

Un-flat Inevitabilities: Integrated Form and Structure in the age of Simulation and Composites

instructors
units
0-10-11HG
schedule
TR 1-6, studio ()
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Accelerated Urbanism: Building Resilience and Industrial Symbiosis in Indian Cities

Instructors – Miho Mazereeuw, Richard Roth, Aditya Barve

instructors
units
0-10-11HG
schedule
TR 1-6, studio ()
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

This studio is an exploration of the role history plays in design.  This is not an inquiry into how typological, formal, or stylistic analysis use history.  Rather the studio aims to uncover how design is embedded in history as much as it is informed and formed by it.  Our site is Granada, the last Islamic capital in Iberia, which has reworked its past into its contemporary urban morphology and

instructors
units
0-10-11HG
schedule
TR 1-6, studio ()
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Anthropologist Carl Lipo recently discovered that (some of) the Rapa Nui[1] Moai were not rolled from the quarry to the podium on their backs, but rather transported standing upright.[2] In a similar manner to how one might shimmy a refrigerator into place, the Moai were pulled back and forth by ropes, employing momentum to transport these unwieldy megaliths.

instructors
Lorena Bello, Jota Samper
units
0-10-11H
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.145, 4.162 or permission of instructor
description

It is common knowledge today that the World is urbanizing at high speed. Urban thinkers are confronted with the statis- tics that five billion of us will be living in urban areas by 2030, meaning that one million people per week will be joining the urban life in many contexts of our planet in the next fifteen years.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
F 2-5 (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This workshop will design components for an Emergency Preparedness Hub as part of a public space campaign for community preparedness.  Partnering with the Boston Department of Emergency Management, this prototype will be used to facilitate discussions regarding community action during the first 72 hours after a disaster.

instructors
units
2-0-7G
schedule
1st mtg 2/4, 10-461M (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

NOTE: 1st meeting Wednesday, February 4, at 6pm in the mezzanine, 10-461M. outside instructor's office. We will decide on a regular time.

 

instructors
units
3-1-5H
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (9-450B)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The course consists of one semester of design research towards the completion of a proposition for the MArch Thesis. In conversations with the Thesis Advisor and the Thesis Coordinator, each student identifies a design issue, formulates a critical and representational position, and outlines a strategy for developing the thesis project.

instructors
Anne Spirn, TA: Pierre Beaudreau
units
3-0-9U
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (10-401)
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
3-0-3U/H
schedule
see instructor (see instructor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

4.231 ⎯ undergraduate Subject
4.230 ⎯ graduate Subject

Meets once a week — day TBA

instructors
units
3-0-6U/H
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (1-371)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

4.232 - graduate subject
4.233 - undergraduate subject

instructors
units
3-0-9H
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (1-277)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Date(s) offered and semester: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 – 12:30, Spring Semester

Credits: 3-0-9

Type of subject (lecture, seminar, workshop, lab): Lecture, seminar

Instructor(s): Reinhard Goethert

Preq's: None

instructors
units
3-0-6H / 3-0-9H
schedule
TR 11A-12:30P (3-133)
prerequisites
4.252J, 11.001J, 11.301J or permission of instructor
description

Why and how are cities made? What forces have shaped cities through time? And how has the physical urban form of the city structured power relations?

instructors
Brent Ryan
units
2-0-7G
schedule
M 12:30-2:30 (10-485)
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 evening or in-class lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.

instructors
Larry Vale
units
3-0-9U
schedule
TR 2:30-4 (56-114)
prerequisites
description

NOTE: Room for this class is now 56-114.

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Steve Weikel
units
6-0-9H
schedule
MW 2:30-5:30 (10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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

instructors
Stephen Gray, Mary Anne Ocampo
units
6-0-9H
schedule
TR 2-7 (10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces the 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 assignments and a client-based project.

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

Students select thesis topic, define method of approach, and prepare thesis proposal for SMArchS degree. Faculty supervision on an individual or group basis.

Intended for SMArchS program students prior to registration for 4.ThG.

instructors
units
3-0-6U
schedule
MW 3:30-5 (studio)
prerequisites
description

This is a studio-based class focusing on MAKING! The studio environment creates a dynamic laboratory to explore ideas related to form, space, materials, systems and structures through hands-on physical project based learning. It emphasizes the translation of concepts into constructs--thinking through making and making through thinking.

instructors
units
G
schedule
()
prerequisites
description

Architectural exhibitions have been important sites of testing, dissemination, and consensus building in the field.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
F 2-5 (9-250)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The contemporary world faces unprecedented environmental issues. Driven by population increase and the lifestyle of the developed world, environmental issues from resource depletion to the pollution caused by fossil fuels have progressed beyond speculation to be not only visible, but to seriously threaten life on our planet.

instructors
J. Meejin Yoon, and Tod Machover with:, Tenzin Priyadarshi (Director of MIT’s Dalai Lama Center), Allegra Libonati (Artistic Associate, Harvard’s American Repertory Theater), Picard (Director, MIT Media Lab’s Affective Comp, Sep Kamvar (Director, MIT Media Lab's Social Computing Group), Rosalind Picard (Director, MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group), Peter Torpey (Founder/Principle, The nth Art), , Ben Bloomberg (PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab) and other MIT, Harvard and international experts.
units
3-3-6G
schedule
W 2:30-5 (E14-493 (1st MTG ONLY IN E14-240))
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Nothing is as important in today’s troubled world as the process of eliminating prejudice and misunderstanding and replacing these with communication and empathy.

Art Culture and Technology

instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
TR 2-5 (E15-207)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to the historic, cultural and environmental forces that affect both the development of an artistic concept and the reception of a work of art. Explores sculptural, architectural, or performative artistic methods; video and sound art; and site interventions and strategies for artistic engagement in the public realm.

instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
TR 9-12 (E15-207)
prerequisites
4.111 or 4.021 or 4.02A
description

Offers a foundation in artistic practice and its critical analysis. Emphasizes the development of artistic approaches and methods by drawing analogies to architectural thinking, urbanism, and design practice. Develops skills in communicating ideas and experiences on different scales and through two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based media, and new genres.

instructors
units
3-3-6U/H
schedule
T 7-10, W 2-5 (E15-207, E15-207)
prerequisites
U: 4.301, 4.302, or permission of instructor. G: Permission of instructor.
description

Culture Fabric

instructors
units
3-2-4U/H
schedule
T 7-10, W 2-5 (E15-283A, E15-283A)
prerequisites
U: 4.301 or 4.302 and 4.341, or permission of instructor / G: 4.342 or permission of instructor.
description

Non-capitalist Life

Market forces have attempted to turn photography into a tool of authority or a commodity, but the plurality of practices surrounding the medium have ensured that it functions on a more horizontal and poetic plane. Prior knowledge of photography required. Production outside class time essential. Graduate students complete additional assignments.

instructors
units
3-3-6U/G
schedule
T 7-10, W 2-5 (E15-070, E15-070)
prerequisites
4.301, 4.302, or permission of instructor
description

4.356 ⎯ Undergraduate subject
4.357 ⎯ Graduate subject

instructors
units
3-3-6U/H
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
4.301, 4.302, or permission of instructor
description

The first day of class will be on: Tuesday, February 3 at 9:30am in E15-001 (The ACT Cube).
Contact ujaugust@mit.edu for more information.

instructors
units
3-3-6U/H
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-070)
prerequisites
4.301, 4.302, 4.361, or permission of instructor
description

Plan by Eye: Video Dance

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
T 2-5 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Selection of topic, definition of method of approach, preparation of proposal, and development of outline for thesis. Discusses artistic practice as method of critical inquiry. Examines artists? writing, studies academic requirements and standards. Regular group meetings, including peer reviews, supplemented by independent study and individual conferences with faculty.

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
T 2-5 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
4.388, Coreq: 4.THG
description

Includes regular presentations of students' writing, group meetings and critiques by thesis class. Supports independent thesis research and thesis project by providing methodology and focus supplemented by regular individual conference with thesis committee members.

instructors
units
3-3-6H
schedule
M 2-5 (E15-001)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Addresses inquiry and debate about art, culture and technology in relation to contemporary artistic practice, critical design, and media. Considers methods of investigation, documentation and display. Discusses the notion of individual and collaborative work and examines modes of communication across disciplines.

instructors
Gabriel Kahan
units
3-3-3H
schedule
M 2-5 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
4.301, 4.302, or permission of instructor
description

Centers on the ideation and prototyping of a Gustav Metger dome project to be realized in Mexico City that challenges the visitor about themes of extinction. The space will act as an educational center for children and youth in the communities around the site. We will explore how these messages can reach a wider audience. 

instructors
Gabriel Kahan
units
3-3-6H
schedule
M 7-10, T 9:30-12:30 (E15-054)
prerequisites
4.301, 4.302, or permission of instructor
description

Managerial technologies dominate reality in Western democratic societies. Demands for autonomy and a creative life, touchstones for artistic endeavors, have been readily absorbed into management philosophies, becoming normative values for self-management and entrepreneurial innovation. Is this art’s triumph or demise?

Building Technology

instructors
units
3-1-5G / 3-1-8G
schedule
TR 9:30-11, R 11-12 (1-277, 9-250)
prerequisites
4.401/4.461 or equivalent
description

Note: lecture room changed from 3-133 to 1-277 as of 2/23/2015

instructors
units
3-3-6U / 3-2-4G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, F 9:30-12:30 (3-333, 9-250)
prerequisites
18.02
description

4.440 ⎯ Undergraduate Subject
4.462 ⎯ Graduate Subject

instructors
units
3-0-9U/G
schedule
T 2-5 (1-390)
prerequisites
description

4.444 ⎯ Undergraduate Subject (BSA restricted elective)
4.445 ⎯ Graduate Subject

instructors
units
3-2-4G
schedule
MW 2-3:30, M 4-6 (3-133, 9-250)
prerequisites
4.442, 4.463 or permission of instructor
description

Presents concepts and methods for energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building design. Topics include climate, thermal comfort, heat flows through building materials, natural ventilation, passive, active and renewable energy systems, and environmental implications of building.

instructors
John Fernandez, Research Scientist Phebe Dudek
units
3-0-6G
schedule
F 12-3 (N52-337)
prerequisites
4.151, 4.461
description

Note: room changed from 9-250 to N52-337

instructors
units
3-3-6G
schedule
TR 12-1, TR 2-4 (9-250, 9-250)
prerequisites
description

Workshop reinterprets the function and application of various emerging building materials used in contemporary architectural constructs. Lectures address themes of resource efficiency and material selection within the context of emerging areas of research. Readings establish what is considered state-of-the-art and support the making of material prototypes. Offered for 9 or 12 units.

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

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

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

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

instructors
units
3-0-6H / 3-0-9H
schedule
F 9-12 (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This research seminar focuses on cutting-edge applications of computation for creative, early-stage structural design and optimization for architecture.

Computation

instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
T 10-12, R 10-12 (3-415, 9-255)
prerequisites
4.500 or permission of instructor (undergraduates)
description

This is a hands-on course that uses digital fabrication as a vehicle for teaching design process. Insight into design as an emerging field for makers comes from a specific type of start to finish physical system of production taught in this course. Weekly assignments build creative problem setting (design) and problem solving (also design) skills.

instructors
units
3-0-9U / 3-0-6G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (9-255)
prerequisites
Visual Computing I (4.520/4.521) is preferred but not mandatory. No background in computing or computer programming is assumed, and computer programming is not a requirement of the subject. Students with interests in any area of design are welcome.
description

4.523 — Graduate Subject
4.522 — Undergraduate Subject

Credits:
UG: 3-0-9
Grad: 3-0-6

Type of Subject:

Instructors:
Terry Knight

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (1-135)
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
3-0-6H / 3-0-9H
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (4-144)
prerequisites
4.541 or permission of instructor
description

An advanced examination of the shape grammar formalism and its relationship to some key issues in a variety of other fields, including art and design, philosophy, history and philosophy of science, linguistics and psychology, literature and literary studies, logic and mathematics, and artificial intelligence. Student presentations and discussion of selected readings are encouraged.

instructors
units
3-2-7U / 2-2-8H
schedule
M 11-2, T 7-9 (5-216, 9-251)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore projects that engage real world problems concerning spatial design, technology, media, and society. In collaboration with industry partners and public institutions, students identify topical issues and problems, and also explore and propose solutions through the development of new ideas, theories, tools, and prototypes.

instructors
Terry Knight, Dina El-Zanfaly
units
3-0-9U / 3-0-6G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (9-255)
prerequisites
description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

instructors
units
3-0-9H
schedule
W 2-5 (E15-341)
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
3-2-7H
schedule
R 10-11:30, R 11:30-1 (3-442, 3-442)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Addresses fundamental methods, theories, and practices that engage contemporary modeling tools in the context of architectural design. Introduces selected academic and professional topics through lectures, demonstrations, and assignments. Topics include parametric modeling, component types and assembly, prototyping, scripting, and simulations.

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

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
3-3-6H
schedule
W 11-2 (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
3-0-0H
schedule
W 6-8 (9-450A)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

NOTE: the schedule for this class is now W 6-8 in 9-450A

Credits UG: To be arranged
Credits Grad:
3-0-0

Type of Subject: Seminar

Instructor(s):: Terry Knight

Prerequisites: None

instructors
units
to be arrangedU / 0-3-0H
schedule
M 5-7 (9-450B)
prerequisites
description

ReaDCG is a collective space for sharing, reading, and discussing texts that broadly relate to the field of Design and Computation — its history, theory, and practice.

instructors
units
3-0-3H
schedule
F 9:30-12:30 (9-255)
prerequisites
4.221, 4.580 or permission of instructor
description

Credits:
UG: To be arranged
Grad: 3-0-3

Type of Subject: Seminar

Instructors: Terry Knight, Takehiko Nagakura

Prerequisites: 4.221, 4.580, or permission of instructor

instructors
Advisor
units
TBAH
schedule
see advisor (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.

History Theory and Criticism

instructors
units
4-0-8U / 4-0-8G
schedule
Lectures: MW 9:30A-11A, Sect1: W 12N-1P, Sect2: F 12N-1P (Lectures: 3-133, Sects: 5-216)
prerequisites
none
description

Introduction to theories of modernism and postmodernism and their related art forms (roughly 18th century to present). Focuses on how artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to critique both.

instructors
Robert Cowherd
units
4-0-8U
schedule
Lectures: MW 11-12:30, Sect1: W 1-2, Sect2: F 11-12, Sect3: F 12-1 (Lectures: 3-133, Sect1: 5-216, Sect2&3: 1-371)
prerequisites
none
description

What roles have human constructions played in the operations of powerful historical forces? This course grounds history explicitly in the present challenging students to attend to their agency as global citizens. Each topic is anchored by four cases drawn from within and beyond the traditional boundaries of “architecture” at multiple scales.

instructors
Elizabeth Hermann
units
3-0-6H
schedule
M 9A-12N (5-231)
prerequisites
permission of instructor
description

Picture the Bay of Bengal as an expanse of tropical water: still and blue in the calm of the January winter, or raging and turbid with silt at the peak of the summer rains. Picture it in two dimensions on a map, overlaid with a web of shipping channels and telegraph cables and inscribed with lines of distance.

instructors
units
3-0-9H / 3-0-6H
schedule
W 2P-5P (5-216)
prerequisites
description

This course examines the European Reformation and its artifacts in terms of four interwoven aspects: the conceptualization of territory and the development of the territorial state, the polemics of sovereignty tied to a secular political sphere, the early origins of a global financial system, and, critical to each of these three elements, the actual and symbolic armatures conferred by the long

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
MW 11A-12:30P (3-442)
prerequisites
4.210 or permission of instructor
description

NOTE: Room changed from 5-234 to 3-442

instructors
units
3-0-6H / 3-0-9H
schedule
W 9-12 (5-216)
prerequisites
description

Design (of buildings, cities, landscapes) is an anticipatory discipline, whose techniques, practices, and desires are directed toward the formulation of futures.  Not future objects as such, but future situations; scenarios of behaviors prompted by buildings; or different circumstances of politics, economics, or subjectivity that will encompass cities; or territorial arrangements of new assembl

instructors
units
3-0-9H
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-216)
prerequisites
none
description

From the sixteenth century to the present drawing has been understood as the medium that most directly expresses artistic thought.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-2H
schedule
see advisor ()
prerequisites
4.221 and either 4.619 or 4.621
description

Preliminary study in preparation for the thesis for the SMArchS degree in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. Topics include literature search, precedents examination, thesis structure and typologies, and short writing exercise.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-2H
schedule
see advisor ()
prerequisites
4.221 and 4.661
description

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

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA H
schedule
see advisor ()
prerequisites
permission of advisor
description

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

instructors
units
3-0-9H / 3-0-6H
schedule
M 2P-5P (5-216)
prerequisites
none
description

Art and Science are contemporary pursuits that look at each other across an epistemological divide created in the crucible of modernity. As Aristotle once theorized the sexes, the two domains act like divided halves of a once unified soul – in this case, we might call that prior soul philosophy.