Subjects

instructors
units
2-0-1 U
schedule
F 3-5 (3-329)
prerequisites
description

Facilitates the exploration of architecture, art and design majors and minors at MIT. Also points to the presence of design in a variety of careers. A selection of MIT faculty and alumni from various disciplines lecture and lead discussions on the role of design in their respective area of expertise.

instructors
John Fernández, David Darmofal, William Derringer , Roberto Rigobon
units
2-0-1 U
schedule
W 7-9 (7-429 (Long Lounge))
prerequisites
description

Explores global challenges through the perspective of an array of majors / disciplines at MIT. Generative and creative questioning activities and reflective discussions introduce the intellectual breadth at the Institute and provide students with tools to develop their ability to question the world and their place in it.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (N52-342C (IDC))
prerequisites
description

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development.

instructors
Axel Kilian, TBA
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
description

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality.

instructors
TBA
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.022
description

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development within design constraints including architectural program and site. Students engage the design process through various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. Working directly with representational and model making techniques, students gain experience in the conceptual, formal, spatial and material aspects of architecture.

instructors
TBA
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.024 and 4.440
description

Provides instruction in more advanced architectural design projects. Students develop integrated design skills as they negotiate the complex issues of program, site, and form in a specific cultural context. Focuses on how architectural concepts and ideas translate into built environments that transform the public sphere. Studio designed to prepare students for graduate studies in the field.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.022
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
3-3-6 U
schedule
F 9-12 (5-233)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on understanding the emerging field of human-centered design and its approach to real-world design challenges. Through group working sessions, design reviews, and presentations by leading design practitioners, thinkers, and business leaders, the class explores core methodologies on how design brings value to human experiences and to the contemporary marketplace.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 9-12 (5-134)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Provides an introduction to visual communication, emphasizing the development of a visual and verbal vocabulary. Presents the fundamentals of line, shape, color, composition, visual hierarchy, word/image relationships and typography as building blocks for communicating with clarity, emotion, and meaning.

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
schedule
M 2-5 (3-442)
prerequisites
description

Intensive introduction to architectural design tools and process, taught through a series of short exercises. Covers a broad range of topics relating to the discourse of geometry as the basis of architectural design process. Focuses on projective drawings, explicit 3D modeling, and the reciprocity between representation and materialization.

instructors
TBA
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
T 9-11 (3-329)
prerequisites
description

Studies design as an interrogative technique to examine material sciences, media arts and technology, cultural studies, computation and emerging fabrication protocols. Provides in-depth, theoretical grounding to the notion of 'design' in architecture, and to the consideration of contemporary design methodologies, while encouraging speculation on emerging design thinking.

instructors
Neil Gershenfeld, TBA
units
3-9-6 G
schedule
W 1-4, R 5-6 (E14-633, E14-633)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Provides a practical hands-on introduction to digital fabrication, including CAD/CAM/CAE, NC machining, 3-D printing and scanning, molding and casting, composites, laser and waterjet cutting, PCB design and fabrication; sensors and actuators; mixed-signal instrumentation, embedded processing, and wired and wireless communications.

instructors
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Establishes foundational processes, techniques and attitudes towards architectural design. Includes projects of increasing scope and complexity engaging issues of structure, circulation, program, organization, building systems, materiality and tectonics. Develops methods of representation that incorporate both analogue and digital drawings and models.

instructors
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.152
description

Interdisciplinary approach to design through studio design problems that engage the domains of building technology, computation, and the cultural/historical geographies of energy.

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
Rafi Segal, Alan Berger, Johah Susskind
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The promise of the center city to offer spaces for work, leisure and living in close proximity and access has failed. Uncontrollable growth, high rents, traffic jams and more have made the reliance on a single urban core impossible. In our urbanizing world, time as a measure for space and access becomes a critical factor in design.

instructors
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
1st mtg:, W, 9/11, 2 pm (3-412)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Industrial Robots are versatile tools, affording productive capacity across myriad contexts in today’s manufacturing practices. Yet at the same time they are restricting, limited by reach and payload, and in essence, incomplete. A robotic arm is a kind of positioner, but given a robust end effector or placed in relation to one, made to be useful.

instructors
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
Summer 2019:, (see description @left), Half-term; 1st mtg:, T, Sept. 10: 9-12, 2nd day TBD (1st mtg. 5-231)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Half-Term Subject (1st)

Pamir Mountain Village Planning & Design for Disaster Mitigation

instructors
Mark Jarzombek, Takehiko Nagakura, Eliyahu Keller, Eytan Mann
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
1st mtg:, T, 5/28, 10 am (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Digital Archaeology and Virtual Narratives’ is a collaborative workshop, bringing together the resources and expertise from the MIT Department of Architecture and the Archaeology Department at Ben Gurion University (BGU).

instructors
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
Summer 2019:, 1st mtg:, T, April 30, 5:30 pm (1st mtg. 7-429, Long Lounge)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

ON/OFF Architecture of the Earth is an Hands-On workshop in which students will integrate research, planning and design during two weeks. The main topic of the workshop is the dialectic relation between matter and space, and the creative processes to build them. The course will unfold online/offsite, with one project designed, developed and built offsite at Ca'n Terra in Menorca, Spain. 

instructors
Yao Zhang, Wang Shu, Wenyu Lu
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Informational Q&A Meeging: Friday, May 3, 12:30 pm in room 4-144

In collaboration with Prizker Prize laureates Wang Shu and Wenyu Lu 

Overview

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 2-5 (7-429 (Long Lounge))
prerequisites
description

Through formal analysis and discussion of historical and theoretical texts, seminar produces a map of contemporary architectural practice. Examines six pairs of themes in terms of their recent history: city and global economy, urban plan and map of operations, program and performance, drawing and scripting, image and surface, and utopia and projection.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 2-5 (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. Subject has two related, major themes: how ideas of nature influence the way cities are perceived, designed, built, and managed; and how natural processes and urban form interact and the consequences of these for human health safety and welfare.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-6 (10-485)
prerequisites
description

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, of investigating urban landscapes and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on light, detail, place, poetics, narrative, and how photography can inform design and planning.

instructors
units
2-0-1 G
schedule
W 9-11 (7-429 (Long Lounge))
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Series of open lectures, presented as an introduction to the diverse academic and creative community of MIT and the region, at which discipline groups of the SMArchS program converge and exchange ideas.

instructors
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9-12 (1-135)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Gives a critical orientation towards a career in architectural practice. Uses historical and current examples to illustrate the legal, ethical and management concepts underlying the practice of architecture. Emphasis on facilitating design excellence and strengthening connections between the profession and academia.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (1-150)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Critical introduction to key contemporary positions in urbanism to the ends of researching, representing, and designing territories that respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

instructors
units
3-3-0 U/G
schedule
see instructor ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

First Meeting (Organizational)  — Wednesday, September 4, 5 pm in room 3-329

Travel: Abu Dhabi Field Trip for selected members

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines dynamic relationship among key actors: beneficiaries, government, and funder. Emphasis on cost recovery, affordability, replicability, user selection, and project administration. Extensive case examples provide basis for comparisons.

instructors
Eran Ben-Joseph, Marie Law Adams, Mary Anne Ocampo
units
4-2-9 G
schedule
F 9-1, W 6-9 (9-354, 10-485)
prerequisites
description

Introduces methods of recording, evaluating, and representing the urban environment. Through visual observation, field analysis, measurements, interviews, and other means, students draw on their senses and develop their ability to deduce, conclude, question, and test conclusions about how the environment is used and valued.

instructors
Lawrence Vale
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (2-105)
prerequisites
description

Examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas can be designed and developed. Surveys the ideas of a wide range of people who have addressed urban problems. Stresses the connection between values and design. Demonstrates how physical, social, political and economic forces interact to shape and reshape cities over time.

instructors
Kairos Shen
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines the physical and social structure of cities and ways they can be changed. Includes historical forces that have produced cities, models of urban form, contemporary theories of urban design, implementation strategies. Core lectures are supplemented by student projects analyzing the evolution of urban place, and factors of high quality urban design and development.

instructors
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
M 1-4 (4-144)
prerequisites
description

Explores innovative solutions for disaster relief and preparedness through both design and engineering. Interactive exercises provide an overview of large-scale disaster relief issues, including response communities, operating environments, logistics and technical challenges.

instructors
TBA
units
1-1-1 G
schedule
M 12-2 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces principal issues in the field of advanced urbanism for discussion and exploration. Includes theoretical linkages between ideas about the culture of cities, processes of urbanization, and urban design. Involves events co-organized by faculty and doctoral students to further engage and inform research.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description
  • preliminary meetings May 20-July 11
  • travel to Athens July 12-23, 2019
  • final wrap-up meetings and presentations in September 2019
instructors
Hashim Sarkis, Roi Salgueiro Barrio, Gabriel Kozlowski Maia
units
6-0-3 G
schedule
June 24-July 19:, 10-4 (+some extra hrs), Fall 2019: 2-3 meetings TBA (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This workshop revolves around the preparation of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — Biennale Architettura 2020 to explore how exhibitions can act as catalysts of architectural research and design.