Design Studio: How to Design

Permission of instructor
Limited to 25
Required of: 
BSA, BSAD and Architecture minor
Preference Given to: 
BSA, BSAD, Arch minor; 1st- and 2nd-year students

Note: class will meet in studio (exact room # TBA) *not* in IDC N52

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the design process. Through lectures and exercises, students will develop skills of creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. 4.021 is an introductory class intended for students without a design background, geared towards enabling more effective collaboration with designers, and the ability to apply foundational principles of design to any discipline. Limited to 25; preference to Course 4 and 4B
majors/minors, design minors, first- and second-year students.

The Design Process:
Each week the class will explore aspects of the design process from context to concepts, drawing, making, iterating, building a narrative and finally presenting. This path exemplifies a traditional design process where a designer starts with an idea and works through testing, expanding, refining, and eventually realizing their idea for review and evaluation. Through weekly topics and assignments, students will develop a variety of design skills relating to each stage of the design path. 

Exercise 1: DRIFT
The first project explores processes of drawing by looking at systems, rules, and generative principles.

Exercise 2: MODULES
Students will be asked to develop a concept that applies a fabrication technique or a method of making to the design of an aggregable module.

The final project focuses on building a full-scale architectural element in the context of a group project.

The fourth exercise will ask students to develop their own design and fabrication process moving from 1D to 2D to 3D.

Credit cannot also be received for 4.02A.