This class explores the design and science of logical form making, examined through geometry, parametric control, algorithms, and digital tools. The point of departure is a cumulative sequence of fundamental topics and problems in design geometry which have recurring impact on the history of form. These problems will provide a context and pretext for a rigorous introduction to parametric modeling, algorithmic automation, and the mathematical principles underpinning them.
These logical investigations of modeling will cultivate a certain objective approach to form that explores the application of parametric approaches that are both deductive (for example, topological classifications, surface characteristics, and pattern logics) and empirical (for example, material deformation and generative detailing). Thematically, the course will foster an integrated understanding of topics such as parametric geometry definition, surface geometry qualification, and the converse dynamics of packing and subdivision.
As a part of the course, students will learn to use parametric design tools Grasshopper, Python, and Digital Project, supplemented by other tools to interrogate and permute these design problems. Through a series of lectures, software tutorials, and mathematical workshops students will respond to the fundamental design problems with a progression of digital design modeling exercises culminating in a final project which will demonstrate appropriate synthesis of design ambition, mathematical characterization, and parametric control.
Format: The class will be a weekly three-hour session divided into a lecture half and software and geometry workshop half. The class will be organized thematically, with each theme encompassing certain historical, technical, and formal principles.
Evaluation: Students will be evaluated through a series of modeling problems and a final project.
This course or VIS-02223 (offered in the spring 2017 term) may be taken to fulfill the Digital Media Requirement for MArch students.