GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by David Mah

02322: Intermediate Landscape as Digital Media (VIS 0232200)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 9:30 - 12:30   Gund 516

Instructor(s)
David Mah

Course Description

The course will focus on digital modeling and representational tools for designers. Through the course, students will gain knowledge of digital design media and tools through a number of exercises that will model and simulate natural and dynamic processes and organizations in landscape architecture. Along with an interest in exploring digital drawing and modeling skills, an emphasis will be placed on exploiting the capacity for design software and diagramming techniques to model and represent difference and transformation over time in landscape patterns and formations. The course will pursue a more explicit engagement with the capacities for digital media to communicate this temporal aspect of landscape material organizations. Various processes ranging from natural hydrological patterns to the changes in landscape formations over time will be represented and diagrammed. In this course, students will be guided to develop skills in 3d modeling, animation and associative design. The course will be conducted as a weekly seminar in the computer lab. Exercises will be introduced and developed within class time with an interim and final document of the exercises to be submitted for course grading. To date, digital media for landscape architecture has been largely used as tools for communicating design intentions through representations of complete and static forms and organizations. Given that landscape architecture as a discipline and practice is invested in the effect of time and change on our environments, the course will pursue a more explicit engagement with the capacities for digital media to communicate this temporal aspect of landscape material organizations. Various processes ranging from natural hydrological patterns to the changes in landscape formations over time will be represented and diagrammed. Note: if sufficient interest in this seminar exists, an additional section MAY be offered on Friday afternoons. Interested students should attend the first meeting on Friday morning. In this course, students will be introduced to CAD, 3d modeling, animation and parametric software. The course will be conducted as a weekly seminar in the computer lab. Exercises will be introduced and developed within class time with a final document of the exercises to be submitted for course grading.


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02444: Advanced Landscape as Digital Media: Fabricating Grounds (VIS 0244400)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 1:30 - 4:30   Gund 516

Instructor(s)
David Mah

Course Description

The course is aimed at fostering a conceptual as well as technical approach to the introduction of digital design and fabrication techniques within landscape design and construction processes. We will dedicate the semester to develop a project that takes advantage of a number of emerging and established digital techniques and processes in order to develop prototypes for new landscape systems that reshape and reorganize surface and topographical ground conditions.This focused project will be the means through which a wide range of skills and approaches towards the utilization of digital design and fabrication techniques may be introduced and developed to inform and enrich the process from design conception to the development of various application scenarios and finally prototype fabrication of landscape construction and material systems. Students will be guided to follow a process from initial concept design right through to physical fabrication of scaled prototypes or models. The course will cover and develop digital design skills in 3d modeling, parametric tools as well as digital fabrication. Existing precedents of construction and material systems will be studied and considered during the course in order to inform and inspire the development of the projects that are encouraged to address novel expression as well as performance (topographical, hydrological, modalities of mixing hard and soft landscapes etc). The course will meet once a week and will be conducted in the computer lab and will make use of the fabrication laboratory. It is encouraged that applicants to the course have some basic to intermediate level skills in digital tools. Enrollments will be limited.


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