In Search of Design through Engineers

This course aims to teach, stimulate and demonstrate \”design led\” opportunities that exist in the zone between Architecture and Engineering, through the paradigm of Design Engineering. Positioned within the space of interdisciplinary boundaries, the course invites both GSD and MIT students to encourage and pioneer a joint, interdisciplinary discourse.Eight high profile projects, won as design competitions and subsequently constructed, act as the platform to expand the thinking on:- Pioneering technical solutions;- Establishing a variety of aesthetic positions; and- Exploring transformational research in both design methodologies and technological developments.The course structure covers a broad spectrum of architectural approaches that allow students to respond to each unique derivative position, from concept to construction. Through substantial and unpublished original material, students will engage with the early conceptual stages through to the detailed design process and construction. Case studies will be studied in pairs, with each module lasting 4-5 sessions. Through fast design exercises, analysis, interaction and team work, students will become part of the project team in the most critical design decisions. Student team projects will be assigned for each module and present their analyses in class. During the course, several project architect(s) from the cases will participate in the discussion. A final paper/ project will conclude the course.Case studies: Highcross project & Ravensbourne college (FOA); Heelis – National Trust HQ (FCB Studios) & Masdar city (Foster); Phaeno Centre & Sofia masterplan (Zaha Hadid);2010 Shanghai Expo UK Pavilion (Heatherwick) & Queen Mary Student Housing (FCB Studios)