GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013
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Courses taught by Panagiotis Michalatos
06425: Optimizations: Material Distributions (SCI 0642500)
Lecture - 4 credits
Thursday 10:00 - 1:00 Gund 109
This course explores the role of structural optimization methods in design and fabrication problems. In a series of experiments, students will try to materialize and interpret digital structural models through fabrication.
This course looks at the limits of optimization in a seemingly well understood field such as the relationship between structure and formal outcomes. Digital structural models contain many assumptions and simplifications which leave them open to interpretation when it comes to realizing them as tangible objects. The aim of the course is to explore the role of the designer in the creative interpretation of such optimal outcomes.
The course is structured as a series of 4 workshops / experiments combining computational tools for structural optimization that will be introduced and developed specifically for the class with digital fabrication techniques.
Each workshop will start with the introduction of a particular structural system [the stick model, the plate and its reinforcement patterns, the volumetric material gradient], the limitations of its digital simulations and optimization techniques, plus the types of information we can extract from the related analysis models. The students should work in small groups in order to first fabricate and mechanically test simple models, trying to understand the relations between the digital model and the physical object, and then design an object using these techniques in a way that the fabrication and the emergent tectonics become an interpretation of the digital model.
Part of the workshops will focus on the problem of material gradients, which are systems where 2 or more materials are mixed in the mesoscopic scale in order to distribute their properties in a seemingly continuous manner. This has been a challenge for fabrication techniques and still is even with digital fabrication equipment. The students will be introduced to techniques of 2 and three dimensional half-toning and will be encouraged to research new ways of mixing material properties in effect treating the problem of structure as that of designing a material distribution in space.
06432: Quantitative Aesthetics: Models of Movement (SCI 0643200)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 11:30 - 2:00 Gund 318
This course is looking at computational approaches to digital media that allow us to analyze and reinterpret our environment as a signal. This year we are looking at the problem of movement. By the term movement we mean a set of related but distinct terms [movement, transportation, motion, mobility etc.] which are operational at different spatial and temporal scales; from the minute gestures of a single person to the urban crowds and the large scale migration patterns.
Metaphors [which literally means transportation “of meaning”] have often been employed in architecture in order to conceptualize movement, from the promenading observer, to the network agent transported between nodes, and from the “shifting” center of desire, to the “flows” of crowds. These metaphors are operational models of movement that allow us to think and design interventions that affect the way people, objects, matter and information move.
In this course we seek to expand the ways by which we capture, analyze, visualize and consequently conceptualize movement in design problems.
There are many types of movements, characterized by intentionality or desire of the participants [passive transportation, active movement, habitual paths] the geometric characteristics [periodic, accelerating, stable, Brownian, bifurcating, diffusion or convection] the scale [gesture, pedestrian, crowd] the relations between agents and the temporal scale and structure.
The aim of the course is for students to use computational tools capture, analyze and visualize different types of movement over time within the built or urban environment. The students will carry a series of experiments consisting of localized interventions in order to find out how they can affect movement patterns in predictable ways. The students should then use this methodology in order to design an intervention in the form of a movement pattern modulation device. This device could be an object, installation, strategy or instructions that will change the movement patterns observed.
Custom made software for computer vision and real time media stream analysis will be provided to the students as well as short introductions to arduino micro-controllers and networks in order to help them with the application of certain analysis techniques and the visualization of the data collected.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Allen Sayegh, 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
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.