GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010
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Courses taught by Christopher Hoxie
02107 [M1]: Digital Media I (VIS 0210701)
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Monday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 111
Topics in Parametric and Generative Geometry and ModelingThis class explores the design and science of logical form making, examined through geometry, parametric control, algorithms, and digital tools. The point of departure is a cumulative sequence of fundamental topics and problems in design geometry which have recurring impact on the history of form. These problems will provide a context and pretext for a rigorous introduction to parametric modeling, algorithmic automation, and the mathematical principles underpinning them. These logical investigations of modeling will cultivate a certain objective approach to form that explores the application of parametric approaches that are both deductive (for example, topological classifications, surface characteristics, and pattern logics) and empirical (for example, material deformation and generative detailing). Thematically, the course will foster an integrated understanding of topics such as parametric geometry definition, surface geometry qualification, and the converse dynamics of packing and subdivision. As a part of the course, students will use the parametric design tools Digital Project and CATIA , supplemented by other tools to interrogate and permute these design problems. Through a series of lectures, software tutorials, and mathematical workshops students will respond to the fundamental design problems with a progression of digital design modeling exercises culminating in a final project which will demonstrate appropriate synthesis of design ambition, mathematical characterization, and parametric control.FormatThe class will be a weekly 3-hour session divided into a lecture half and software and geometry workshop half. The class will be organized thematically, with each theme encompassing certain historical, technical, and formal principles. EvaluationStudents will be evaluated through a series of modeling problems and a final project.PrerequisitesNone
02319: Immersive Environments (VIS 0231900)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 10:00 - 1:00 Gund 516
This course seeks to posit the role of digital media within the broader context of digital practice and to examine the generative capacities of the medium to design and communicate ideas in the virtual realm. The seminar will explore the construction of environments through the integration of graphics, motion, lighting simulation, material prototyping, and phenomena for the realistic image synthesis of both analytic and perceptual models through still and moving image. The mastery of physically based rendering algorithms using approximation approaches will provide more transparency to design thinking. Iterative working methodologies will be deployed for the serialized development and exploration of dynamic form, light, materials and motion; through the use of animation, iterative workflows and parametric materials. Investigations will vary in scale from one to one virtual simulations of materials and details, to interior and architectural scales, through to urban and landscape scales.Topics will include: physically based procedural day lighting, image based lighting, and artificial lighting design and simulation; the development of principal reflection models, compound shaders, texturing and procedural maps for complex material prototyping; compositing, editing and post production of still and dynamic content from time lapse photography through to photo compositing and camera matching; the use of proxy objects and mass population tools to design and represent large datasets; and the temporal simulation of seasonal & climatic variation and interior atmospheres.The course will be a lecture/workshop format with a series of weekly workshops and assignments with a final project review during exam week. Evaluation will be based on project content, proficiency in the media and class participation. No prerequisites. The seminar has a limited enrollment of 18 students.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920101)
Independent Study - 4 credits
A. Hashim Sarkis, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Eric Belsky, Felipe Correa, Peter Del Tredici, Jill Desimini, Richard T.T. Forman, David Hamilton, Jr., Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Christopher Hoxie, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Jonathan Levi, Judith Grant Long, Anne McGhee, Katharine Parsons, Christoph Reinhart, Michael Schroeder, Thomas Schroepfer, Mack Scogin, Rafael Segal, Jorge Silvetti, Maryann Thompson, Emily Waugh, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Christian Werthmann