GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
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Courses taught by Panagiotis Michalatos
06425: Optimizations (SCI 0642500)
Lecture - 4 credits
Thursday 8:30 - 11:30 Gund 124
Optimization in design problems is elusive due to the inherent multiplicity and ambiguity of the optimal for real world problems. However partial optimization of specific aspects of architecture is possible and can be implemented in both physical models [in the way hanging chains, membranes and stress induced birefringence has been used in the past] and digital simulations.
Through mainly examples and tools from the field of structural optimization, students will be introduced to ways of decomposing complex design problems into a set of input parameters and objective functions necessary for the application of optimization methods. Ways of describing geometry and constrains suitable for optimization problems will be discussed, as well as the relationship between design intentions and objective functions. Students will be required to develop a process by which they can improve measurable aspects of a design problem of their choice and produce a series of testable optimal outcomes. This process may include any combination of physical or digital models, simulations and evaluation techniques.
06432: Quantitative Aesthetics: The Environment as a Signal (SCI 0643200)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 510
This course will explore the application of digital media and computational techniques in analysing the sensible aspects of our environment in both their spatial and temporal dimensions and developing designs that are consistent responses to such an analysis. Architectural design is a response to or an interpretation of a specific context and often begins by an assessment of different aspect of its context involving acquisition of large amounts of digital data (photos, ambient sound recordings, videos etc…). In this course we’ll attempt to systematize the acquisition and interpretation of digital information related to design problems and more specifically to the aesthetic and perceptual aspects of it.
Students will be required to develop a method for the quantitative analysis of particular sensible characteristics in a specific place and then propose and construct a site specific intervention/installation that functions as a form of protest within the chosen context.
The theme is protest aesthetics. More specifically we’ll look into how to consistently create an intervention/installation (acoustic, visual or physical) that counters specific sensible spatial and temporal aspects of its context.Central to this approach will be a speculative marriage between Jacque Ranciere’s aesthetic-political concept of “the distribution of the sensible” and Shannon’s information theory. As a reference we’ll be using the Russian avant-guard art of the early 20th century (El lissitzky’s installations, Klutsis Propaganda machines)
In terms of implementation the students will be introduced to digital sound, image and data analysis tools and techniques such as computer vision that will help us assess the information content of our environment (like openCV) and Frequency analysis and filtering of temporal phenomena.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Iñaki Abalos, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Daniel D'Oca, Gareth Doherty, Andreas Georgoulias, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Eric Howeler, Timothy Hyde, Niall Kirkwood, Sanford Kwinter, David Mah, Panagiotis Michalatos, Mark Mulligan, Ciro Najle, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Richard Peiser, Chris Reed, Ingeborg Rocker, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Allen Sayegh, Jeffrey Schnapp, James Stockard, Maryann Thompson, Charles Waldheim, Bing Wang, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Peter Del Tredici, Martin Bechthold
Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Martin Bechthold, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Andreas Georgoulias, K. Michael Hays, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Rahul Mehrotra, Kiel Moe, Mohsen Mostafavi, Richard Peiser, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe, Allen Sayegh, Panagiotis Michalatos
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.