GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2008
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Courses taught by Martin Bechthold
06201: Analysis and Design of Building Structures I (SCI 0620100)
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 9:00 - 10:00 Gund 518
Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Gund 111
Wednesday 4:00 - 6:00 Gund 111
The course introduces students to the analysis and design of structural elements and systems. The fundamental principles of statics and equilibrium are considered first, followed by a review of loads. These concepts are applied in the context of 2-D trusses. The review of internal forces and moments as well as material strength and stiffness is then followed by the design and analysis of statically determinate steel and timber beams. Students learn to design these systems for allowable deflections, shearing and bending stresses. Column design then introduces the concept of buckling and bracing in depth. System design issues are addressed throughout the semester using contemporary case studies. Stability with respect to lateral loads is addressed in depth. The course concludes with the application of all course material in a design and analysis project.
06317: CAD/CAM: Introduction to Applications in Architecture (SCI 0631700)
Lecture - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 11:30 - 2:30 Gund 109
Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques have widely pervaded fabrication environments for the production of architecture. Knowledge of this technology now has become part of the basic skills that design professionals need to possess in order to practice successfully. This seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of CAD/CAM, with a particular focus on applications in architecture, and with reference to product design and related industries. Fundamental principles and technologies are taught through a combination of lectures, labs and hands-on workshops. Field trips to local manufacturers provide a real-world exposure to the implementation challenges of cad/cam technologies in the professional context.This year a particular focus is placed on understanding the conditions for the design and production of varied components and products. The need for repetition of identical elements has limited architectural design since the introduction of industrially produced products and components. Indeed, the building industry remains largely geared towards the repeated use of identical elements -- both for the sake of economy in design as well as in fabrication and installation. Recently the term "mass-customization" has been extensively used to describe this new paradigm of varied production. The course will look critically at the challenge of customization in the context of the design and production of architecture and of products, and explore these questions through a concise research assignment and three short projects.The lectures introduce students to the principles of parametric digital modeling, numerically-controlled machines, basic manufacturing processes as well as prototyping techniques, reverse engineering, building systems and customization strategies. They are accompanied by software tutorials, machine demos, and lab sessions that introduce both the digital design environments as well as the computer-numerically controlled fabrication environments. Students are expected to complete three short design-to fabrication assignments, as well as present a focused research study to the class.This course uses the GSD's extensive computer-numerically controlled (CNC) fabrication facilities, as well as the traditional wood- and metal shop. Students are expected to immerse themselves in the software applications needed to generate parametric models (using so-called design development environments such as SolidWorks or Digital Project) and the machine instructions necessary to operate CNC machines (MasterCAM). Particular focus this year will be an introduction to working with the newly installed robotic waterjet and with the new CNC knee mill. Use of the laser cutters and the 3D printers (rapid prototyping) will be expected as well.In order to address real-world issues of fabrication we will concentrate on the use of metal in student's fabrication projects. Other materials will have a role in design development and prototyping. The GSD's shops are equipped for machining metal and for working with sheet metal. Projects that require casting will have to be outsourced to local casting companies. Material costs will have to be covered by students.Prerequisites: GSD 2107, GSD 6203 or equivalent
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Urban Planning and Design
Option Studio - 8 credits
A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.
09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)
Independent Study - 16 credits
Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.