4.s52
Special Subject: Architectural Computation — Material Interfaces for User-Centered Design

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor
Enrollment: 
Limited to 12

Explores how computational design can respond to contemporary challenges of user-centered design, focusing on the role of tools and materials for computational fabrication in design prototyping and testing. Introduces methods for evaluating and adapting design with regards to usability and accessibility, as well as workflows for developing artifacts of user-centered design in real scale, from prototyping to production. Discusses relevant literature on practices for user-centered design in architecture and product design, and introduces tools that facilitate these practices. Students work with real users of their choice, and develop methods for customization, real-time design testing and adaptive design and fabrication.

Course 4 and 4B majors, and Design and Architecture undergraduate minors, are welcome.