Course Description: Our material world is primarily produced by a method in which design, analysis, representation, fabrication and assembly is a seamless process - with the glaring exception of the building industry. Until recently, the building industry has rejected this methodology and instead relied upon a traditional project delivery method- a method that has increasingly separated the architect from the building process. This separation thus necessitated the production of two-dimensional representations by the architect in order to communicate the design intent to a third party builder. Whether by tradition or necessity, the notational limitations of the plan/section/elevation representation has remained the primary method by which the architect communicates design. But as architects are increasingly exploring more complex forms, it has become crucial to find design and production methodologies to realize these projects in the built environment without incurring the information loss inherent in traditional design representations.
Essential to this course is an understanding of how the increased efficiencies of software and emerging fabrication techniques are changing the way built projects can potentially be realized. This is a fundamental shift away from utilizing the computer as a visualization/documenting tool, and moving toward recognizing the computer as a generative tool.
This course will utilize CAD/CAM technologies for the design, visualization, and production of components and fixtures. As a point of reference, we will explore product design and related industries as a microcosm of the larger issues facing the production of architectural assemblies. Lectures on these topics are accompanied by software and machine demos, in-class exercises and assignments that introduce both the digital as well as the fabrication environments. Lastly, students are encouraged to explore design communication techniques that move away from hyper-realistic rendering and toward the formation of an individual style.
Prerequisite: ARCH 207 and ARCH 307, CADD studio or department/faculty approval.