GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

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Courses taught by John Nastasi

06317: Materials and Fabrication Processes: An Introduction to Digital Techniques (SCI 0631700)

Seminar Workshop - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 11:30 - 2:00   Gund 510

John Nastasi, Rachel Vroman

Course Description

Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques, often referred to as digital fabrication, are now in a post-infancy period and widely adopted for the production of architecture. However, as technology continues to evolve, this rapidly changing field presents architects and designers with new challenges and opportunities. Introducing students to these technologies allows them to gain the skills needed to further their capabilities in today’s developing design professions.

This course introduces and explores the current state of digital approaches in design by focusing on the inter-relationship between geometry creation, material properties and fabrication realities. Beginning with the development of a collective and homogeneous surface, students will study and work within a series of geometry creation and fabrication techniques with increasing levels of complexity. The integration of analog properties of materials (wood-grain, metal fatigue, composite systems, plastic memory and translucency) in the study of digital techniques provide a deeper understanding of geometry development, tectonics and fabrication in contemporary practice.

Offered as a lecture/workshop, the course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital fabrication with a particular focus on applications in architecture, reference to product design and related industries. Of particular interest in the course will be the role of material performance in relation to digitally driven design and fabrication methods. Topics include the development of parametric geometry for fabrication, CNC machine environments, tool path development, single and multiple-step formation processes, robotic fabrication and assembly, tool development, composite layup, and finishing and assembly. Automation approaches to design and manufacturing will be introduced, juxtaposing industrial and shop-based concepts.

Technologies are introduced through a combination of cumulative weekly lectures, labs and hands-on workshops building from abstract exercises to material-specific fabrication processes. Field trips to regional manufacturers provide a real-world exposure to the diverse implementation of CAD/CAM technologies within a singular professional context. Individual and group assignments will include digital and physical prototypes, for which students will make extensive use of the GSD’s Fabrication Lab.

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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits

Iñaki Abalos, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Anita Berrizbeitia, Eve Blau, Preston Scott Cohen, Jill Desimini, Gareth Doherty, Ann Forsyth, Andreas Georgoulias, Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Herzfeld, Eric Howeler, Christopher Hoxie, Jane Hutton, Mariana Ibanez, Florian Idenburg, Jerold Kayden, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Rahul Mehrotra, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Mark Mulligan, John Nastasi, Erkin Ozay, Chris Reed, Ingeborg Rocker, A. Hashim Sarkis, Mack Scogin, Jorge Silvetti, Raymond Torto, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Diane Davis, Martin Bechthold

Course Description

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.

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