GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012
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Courses taught by Panagiotis Michalatos
06338: Computational Design [Numerical Descriptions as Design Tools] (SCI 0633800)
Lecture - 4 credits
Thursday 9:00 - 11:30 Gund 518
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Gund 518
This is a series of lectures and workshops on computational design covering fundamental and advanced topics in the field. The lectures will introduce mathematical and computational concepts and methods in a plain and intuitive way, exploring and questioning their relevance to design and the potential as well as limitations in quantifying design problems. Starting from an introduction to basic ways of describing space, spatial relations and geometry lectures will progress to touch on an array of themes including change, dynamics, interaction, optimization and communication. Lectures will alternate with implementation workshops that will use a combination of readymade software tools and programming. These exercises are focused on how we can express design intentions and concerns using the introduced computational concepts and on how we can extract information relevant to a design problem from our environment.
There are three one-hour sections on Thursdays. Students should be available for the entire three-hour lab section period. (Note: enrollment is limited to 60. Two students in each section will be required to bring their own laptop.)
06468: Design By Committee. Digital interfaces for collaborative and participatory design / Gamification (SCI 0646800)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 11:30 - 2:30 7 Sumner 104
This Seminar/Workshop will look into the design and technical challenges involved in the development of web-based interfaces for collaborative design scenarios.
The fast adoption of web technologies by an increasing number of people is opening new channels of communication between the wider public and practitioners. Different disciplines have to devise new ways of codetermination for design outcomes with end users and various consultants. Parametric design definitions are now commonplace and offer us an idea about how to design ranges of outcomes rather than singular objects. Mass customization as promised by digital fabrication techniques also requires a different approach to design.
This opening up of the design process [or aspects of it] to wider groups of people in a controlled manner is achieved through the development of ever more specialized digital interfaces. These interfaces have to address the gaps in specialized knowledge, spatial perception and digital aptitude between the different parties and at the same time improve the understanding of and render tangible the design problems at hand. This requires the development of “intuitive” interfaces, something that game designers have been doing for some time, and which is a challenge that hasn’t gone unnoticed by other disciplines adopting so called “gamification” strategies. “Intuitiveness” is probably one of the central concepts in this endeavour reminiscent of the role of the term “functionality” in modernist architecture.
In this course students will be required to develop [design and implement] an interface for a particular design scenario involving more than one agent [design team, designer—consultant, designer—client, designer—public and so on]. Students will work in small teams and some basic knowledge of programming is desirable [at least one person per student group].
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
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.
09301: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of Degree MArch (ADV 0930100)
Research Seminar - 12 credits
Felipe Correa, Danielle Etzler, Eric Howeler, Florian Idenburg, Sanford Kwinter, Panagiotis Michalatos, Toshiko Mori, Ingeborg Rocker, A. Hashim Sarkis, Allen Sayegh, Jorge Silvetti, Preston Scott Cohen, Mack Scogin
Each student conducts a design exploration that tests and expands the thesis.
Prerequisites: completion of two (2) options studios and approval of thesis preparation documents by thesis advisor.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Neil Brenner, Jana Cephas, Diane Davis, Gareth Doherty, Richard T.T. Forman, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Miho Mazereeuw, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Christoph Reinhart, Holly Samuelson, Andrew Witt, Allen Sayegh
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.