4.450J / 1.575J
Computational Structural Design and Optimization

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor

Research seminar focusing on cutting-edge applications of computation for creative, early-stage structural design and optimization for architecture. Incorporates computational design fundamentals, including problem parameterization and formulation; design space exploration strategies, including interactive, heuristic, and gradient-based optimization; and computational structural analysis methods, including the finite element method, graphic statics, and approximation techniques. Case studies introduce and investigate a range of historical and contemporary examples of structural optimization in theory and practice.