4.520 / 4.521
Visual Computing I

Required of: 
Design & Arch minors; MArch students; BSA restricted elective

Note: room change from 5-232 to 5-231

U: 4.520; G: 4.521

This subject introduces a rule-based, generative approach to designing and making using shape grammars. Shape grammars were one of the first, and remain one of few, computational design systems that are visual, tangible, perceptual. They provide a powerful means for design analysis, for design improvisation and exploration, and for generating and making novel design solutions. They offer a paradigm distinct from other, digital design approaches and tools available today.

Shape grammars will be introduced through a slow computing paradigm. In-class, by-hand, non-digital exercises are the basis for learning and making, and for physical, tangible production. A range of applications from stylistic analysis to creative designing and making will be explored. Some computer programs for automating shape grammars will be presented. Readings will supplement lectures.

Additional work required of students taking graduate version.