4.110J / MAS.330J / MAS.650J
Design Across Scales, Disciplines and Problem Contexts

Note: Graduate Students please register for MAS.S64

Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ canonical “Powers of Ten”, the course explores the relationship between science and engineering through the lens of Design. It examines how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking and vice versa. It offers interdisciplinary tools and methods to represent, model, design and fabricate objects and systems across physical, economical and social scales. Structured as core lectures and labs, the course is organized by “systems” such as Design of Information, Design of Fabrication, Design of Intelligence, Design of Play and Design of Innovation. Leaders in the fields of Design, Material Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Mechanical Engineering will contribute through guest lectures. We will learn design tools - digital and analog; we will develop design methods - disciplinary and anti-disciplinary and we will design things - material and immaterial.