Augmented Architecture

Note: This course will meet in the Project Room on the days listed below. This course focuses on the idea that spatial experience can be conceived, understood and designed as a series of reactive computational events. Computational architecture has evolved from focusing on form-finding processes and fabrication, to a current exploration of embedding systems and technologies that make architecture configurable, sensate and active. This course is open to graduate students of architecture at all levels with the goal to explore the realms of theory, visualization, design, and production of augmented architecture. The claim of augmentation is not to apply sensor technologies to an inert object as a simple overlay, but to shape the entire design process with the idea of integrated systems as a determining factor. The intelligence of design, material and sensor technologies and computation will therefore become combined.The course will engage in a critical discussion on the impact that our daily digital experiences have on the perception and expectation of physical experiences. The students will complete the course with an introduction to the application of responsive objects, their prevailing techniques in input and output, and their applications to the human environment. This Course will meet in the Project Room on the Following Days:September 8October 6November 10December 15