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
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
3-0-6G
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
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
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
3-2-7 U / 2-2-8 G
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
3-0-9 G
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
3-2-7 G
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
2-2-2 G / 2-2-5 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
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
3-0-0 G
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
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
3-0-3 G
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
TBA G
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.