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
units
2-2-8 U/G
schedule
LEC: MW 9:30-11, select a lab:, LAB 1: W 7-8:30, LAB 2: R 9:30-11 (4-153, W31-301, W31-301)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces 3-D CAD modeling to students with little or no experience in design or computation. Teaches surface, solid and mesh modeling techniques combined with a variety of modeling applications, from 3D printing to CNC fabrication and 3D rendering. Includes weekly modeling assignments leading up to a final project.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U/G
schedule
M 12:30-3, M 7-8:30 (1-150, 1-246)
prerequisites
UG: 4.500, G: permission of instructor
description

Advanced projects in architectural visualization with an emphasis on the use of computer graphics animation and video production media. Workshop introduces advanced visualization software and teaches exploration of spatial expressions in motion graphics format. Students review and discuss selected literature and video materials on architecture and film.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
R 9:30-12:30 (4-144)
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 (1-132)
prerequisites
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
Kent Larson, Ryan Chin
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (E15-359)
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
1-1-4 G / 1-1-7 G / 1-1-10 G
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
Takehiko Nagakura, 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
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-231)
prerequisites
description

Explores the varied nature, history and practice of computation in design through lectures, readings, small projects, discussions, and guest visits by Computation group faculty and others. Topics may vary from year to year.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-232)
prerequisites
4.581: permission of instructor; 4.582: 4.580 or permission of instructor
description

4.581: Introduction to traditions of research in design and computation scholarship.
4.582: In-depth presentations of current research in design and computation.

 

 

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.