4.117 / 4.118
Creative Computation

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor
Required of: 
Design minor and BSAD restricted elective; March computation elective
Preference Given to: 
MArch, BSAD, Design minor

U: 4.118; G: 4.117

Dedicated to bridging the gap between the virtual and physical world, the subject embraces modes of computation that hold resonance with materials and methods that beg to be computed. Students engage in bi-weekly exercises to solve complex design problems. Each exercise is dedicated to a different computation approach (recursion, parametric, genetic algorithms, particle-spring systems, etc.) that is married to a physical challenge, thereby learning the advantages and disadvantages to each approach while verifying the results in physical and digitally fabricated prototypes. Through the tools of computation and fabrication, it empowers students to design as architects, engineers and craftspeople.

Additional work required of student taking for graduate credit.