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
2-3-7 U/G / 2-3-4 G
schedule
TR 9-11 (N52-399 (IDC))
prerequisites
UG: 4.500; G: permission of instructor
description

Introduces industrial production methods for transitioning to a digital platform of home production. Presents an in-depth overview of past industrial-based systems of home production followed by the presentation and exploration of new and emerging digital systems of home delivery, from computer numerical control (CNC) fabrication to 3-D printing.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U/G / 3-2-4 G
schedule
R 9-12 (1-132)
prerequisites
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
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (3-442)
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
T 9:30-12:30 (1-277)
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.

Topics vary from year to year. Can be repeated with permission of instructor.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (5-232)
prerequisites
For 4.542: 4.541 or permission of instructor; for 4.582: 4.580 or permission of instructor
description

4.542:

instructors
units
3-2-7 U / 2-2-8 G
schedule
M 11-2, T 7-8:30 (8-119, 5-216)
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.