Seminar Building Systems
Develop an understanding of building materials and assemblies and their characteristics, impacts, and performance. Topics covered include building envelope performance and aesthetics, environmental systems (heating, cooling, daylighting, and acoustics), and basic principles of construction. Students will also develop an understanding of the financial implications of building components and systems.
- 500aLComprehensive Architectural DesignComprehensive Architectural DesignPrerequisite(s): 402abL Corequisite(s): ARCH 501 Note: Substitution for previously required ARCH 402cL Selected areas of specialization; projects chosen from a variety of studio offerings, all with an emphasis on the comprehensive design of buildings.
- 501Comprehensive Studio Support and EnrichmentComprehensive Studio Support and EnrichmentThe aim for the seminar is to gain a critical, theoretical, and technical understanding of the various methodologies that students will be asked to explore in the studio. Further, we will also explore the relationship between technological and cultural shifts in contemporary society. Students will work in pairs to present and lead discussions of each week’s readings in the first half of the semester. The second half will comprise of individual crits and each student will submit a 3-5000 word research paper at the end of the semester.
- 502aLArchitectural Design VArchitectural Design V
Pre-requisites: ARCH-500A and ARCH-501.
The final comprehensive architectural project under the guidance of a faculty adviser to demonstrate architectural knowledge, skills, and professional interests and goals.
- 505aLGraduate Architecture Design I - PrinciplesGraduate Architecture Design I - PrinciplesA general introduction to architectural principles, intended to develop design and critical thinking skills and proficiency to communicate those ideas effectively. Open to graduate architecture majors only.
- 505bLGraduate Architecture Design I - SiteGraduate Architecture Design I - SiteIntroduction to building systems and site design principles. Open to graduate architecture majors only.
- 507Theories of Computer TechnologyTheories of Computer TechnologyBuilding information modeling (BIM) is one of the hottest topics in the architecture / engineering / construction profession (AEC) today. Learn what it is (3d parametric modeling), common software tools (this class concentrates primarily on Revit Architecture and some Navisworks), how it relates to sustainable design issues (Vasari and Green Building Studio), and why it is useful to the AEC industry (including being able to create awesome adaptive components!). Although offered in the School of Architecture, the techniques taught are equally applicable to others with an interest in the applications of BIM. Building science majors, structural engineering students, construction management students, and others are strongly encouraged to enroll. It is assumed that students already have a basic understanding of 2D CAD and 3D digital modeling.
- 511LBuilding Systems: Materials and ConstructionBuilding Systems: Materials and Construction
Studies of construction system development within the architectural design context; processes and issues of selection, evaluation, optimization, integration, design control, and innovation, Departmental approval required.
- 511LSeminar Building SystemsSeminar Building SystemsDevelop an understanding of building materials and assemblies and their characteristics, impacts, and performance. Topics covered include building envelope performance and aesthetics, environmental systems (heating, cooling, daylighting, and acoustics), and basic principles of construction. Students will also develop an understanding of the financial implications of building components and systems.
- 512Material + Process Material SystemsMaterial + Process Material Systems
Prerequisite(s): ARCH 211 or 511L This design research seminar examines both disciplinary and extra-disciplinary technologies, techniques, and theories for the use of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite material systems in the design and construction of architecture.
Students will gain a basic understanding of the engineering principles behind these material systems and establish a background in the architectural applications for FRP, both historic and contemporary. Students will also study FRP composites through selected extra-disciplinary precedents, such as racing sailboats, contemporary aircraft, and wind turbines.
Students will examine the advantages and disadvantages of FRP composite systems, critically considering how FRP materials perform in relation to conventional building systems, technically and aesthetically. Students will explore performance-based FRP design by reimagining existing precedents as new architectural building systems.
Students will be required to consider formal surface geometries, spatial opportunities, structure, life-safety, fabrication, transport, and assembly as some of the factors impacting architectural performance. Students will create a research-based design project, including original writing, drawings, diagrams, and models, speculating about the possibilities for use of FRP composite building systems in contemporary architectural design.
- 513LSeminar Advanced StructuresSeminar Advanced Structures
This seminar emphasizes the study of horizontal structures, with a focus on the integration of building systems and exploring the fit and synergy of form and structure. Develop informed intuition for structures, their response to natural forces (gravity, seismic, thermal, wind), and how structure interacts with other design issues. Identify strategies and explore issues and problems in the development of building structure systems such as design criteria, system selection, design development, optimization, and system integration. Seismic design and seismic failure will also be introduced. Learn the basics of Multiframe and LDG (Lateral Design Graph) to design for lateral wind and seismic load.
Structure and Design: https://titles.cognella.com/structure-and-design-9781516522989
Detailed information is posted at http://uscarch.com/structures/
- 514AGlobal History of Architecture IGlobal History of Architecture I
A historical survey of global architecture, analyzed as a product of social, cultural, religious and political forces: 4500 BCE to 1500 CE.
- 514BGlobal History of Architecture IIGlobal History of Architecture II
A historical survey of global architecture, analyzed as a product of social, cultural, religious and political forces.a: 4500 BCE to 1500 CE; b: 1500 CE to present.
- 515LSeminar Advanced Environmental SystemsSeminar Advanced Environmental SystemsThe course is intended to give the students both a fundamental and practical knowledge of building environmental control systems and strategies in thermal, air quality, lighting, and acoustic conditions in large and small buildings. It also provides a working knowledge of many of the interrelated building systems necessary to support human physiological benefits: environmental comfort and health effects. Much of the material covered in this course will help to prepare the student in direct way for the professional building environmental design.
- 518Advanced Surface Tectonics; Methods in Material and EnclosureAdvanced Surface Tectonics; Methods in Material and EnclosureThe building envelope mediates internal and external conditions for improved human comfort, energy performance, sustainability, aesthetics and more. Innovations in the design, delivery and operation of the facade are being driven by technology, computing, materiality and method. The course includes lectures by global leaders on subjects such structural glass facades, double-skin facades, fabric skins, parametric envelopes, facade science, and others.
- 519Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and BuildingsSustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and BuildingsWorking with established and emerging environmental management frameworks, this course aims to explore and apply practical (and measurable) approaches to address urban sustainability challenges at the street, neighborhood, district, and municipal scale with a focus on regions within the greater Los Angeles area as laboratories for investigation. The course generates an overall picture of L.A.'s metabolism to map and analyze resource flows and to examine the city’s ecological footprint. It evaluates where and how resources are used and where action might be taken to transform existing infrastructures, landscapes and buildings to meet sustainability performance goals established by the city of Los Angeles, the State of CA, and the class.
- 520Housing and Community Design for an Aging PopulationHousing and Community Design for an Aging PopulationSince 1950, the number of people over 65 has tripled and in the next 30 years, the over 65 population will grow 220%. This multi-disciplinary course focuses on the design of housing and community settings for older people, introducing students to a range of building types built to serve those recently retired as well as those who need health and caregiving support to stay independent. It examines the building type through context and case studies from northern Europe, Japan and the US. This course arms students with the knowledge and insight necessary to create environments that enhance the quality of life for older people. Three local site visits enable students to experience exemplar models and learn directly from discussions with older residents and administrative personnel.
- 522Healthcare DesignHealthcare Design
This course focuses on the design of a diverse collection of hospital and community settings for healthcare. The course introduces students to a range of building types that vary from major trauma centers to small scale community outpatient facilities. It traces the evolution of healthcare settings from the Greek period to current times, including the newest emphasis on public health and lifestyle.This topic of healthcare design is huge in scale and magnitude. In fact, many firms who specialize in this area, have their own in-house training programs. This course is meant to provide an overview of this changing building type and how it impacts the practice of medicine (and architecture) today.
The course starts with the history of the hospital as a building type from 500BC to the present day summarizing with a list of today’s challenges and tomorrow’s future trends. It describes powerful research findings that show how landscape designs can combat depression and promote relaxation. Building organizational strategies and programming approaches are reviewed as well as factors that affect appearance and functionality. It examines the patient room and new trends that embrace old ideas and introduce new ones. It demonstrates how and why families/friends have become more active participants in the healing process. It also shows how empirical analysis (often labeled evidence-based design) is affecting practice. Finally, it ends with a look at new technologies like imaging diagnostics and operating room procedures which are changing high-tech medicine.
- 523aLStructural Design and AnalysisStructural Design and AnalysisIntroduction to behavior and analysis of building structures. Structural loading, materials, and element types will be explored to understand the basic building blocks of buildings.
- 523bLStructural Design and AnalysisStructural Design and AnalysisInvestigation and design of building structural systems for gravity, wind and seismic loading. Comprehensive design exploration of framing type, materials, detailing, layout, form and integration.
- 524Professional PracticumProfessional Practicum
Comparative studies of professional practice between U.S. firms and firms in other countries. Open to international upper-division undergraduate and graduate architecture students only. Graded CR/NC.
- 525Professional Practice Pre-Design, Project and Office AdministrationProfessional Practice Pre-Design, Project and Office Administration
Prerequisite(s): ARCH 302bL
Design methodology, typology programming, site analysis, budget formulation and pro-forma procedures. Office management, emphasizing professional service and professional ethics as well as project management focusing on the architect’s responsibilities during construction.
- 526Professional Practice Legal & Economic Context, Project DocumentationProfessional Practice Legal & Economic Context, Project DocumentationPrerequisite(s): ARCH 302bL The laws and regulations that affect the practice of architecture and building economics and the development of comprehensive project documentation, detailing, specifications, drawing formats and organizations.
- 527Case Studies The Development of Urban HousingCase Studies The Development of Urban HousingIf you are considering becoming a developer of housing after you graduate, this course will provide you with an introductory overview of the issues and challenges developers face in providing small-scale housing in an urban setting. Designed primarily for upper-division undergraduates, this seminar will explore the various elements and stages of the housing development process for projects in Southern California. Students will learn about and prepare each component, including land, entitlements, program, design brief, support spaces, site plan, hard and soft costs and a cost analysis/proforma suitable for presentation to banks, investors and lending institutions. The course will include guest lecturers who are practicing professionals in the Los Angeles housing development arena and who will present a series of local case studies. There will be ample opportunities for open discussion. Guest lecturers include non-profit and for-profit developers, architects, construction managers, entitlement consultants, cost & estimating specialists, lenders and investors, contractors, and property managers. Lectures will also include architectural design, quality, sustainable design, and the related cost issues. * For Spring 2018, this course will meet the first half of the semester and will include 2 required Saturday Field Trips, February 10 & 17.
- 528Urban Housing Types and TypologiesUrban Housing Types and TypologiesThe course explores themes chosen from well over half a century of architectural interests, concerns and obsessions from Modern to present Post-Vanguard dwelling in and around a multi-centralized Los Angeles. Lectures cover debates over style, technology, materials, scale, and building codes among others. These topics are placed within the context of first hand sources and site visits -- the technologies of their representation and construction in order to locate specific typological shifts in the development of these urban dwelling(s). Students will conduct a series of short investigations, shared with the class via visual, diagrammatic, and textual analysis. Each student will select one of these projects for extended research and development, which will be included in a class book produced at the end of the term. Discussions and readings reference the single family house -- John Entenza’s Case Study house competition for Arts & Architecture magazine, Reyner Banham’s LA, the works of Ain, Koenig, Lautner, Neutra, Schindler and Wright and segue into contemporary Perimeter block and infill, High-rise slabs and towers, Low-rise clusters, rows, courtyards, the Dingbat, Michael Webb’s Building Community, and the multi-family (striving for below market) works of Daly, Koenig Eizenberg, Maltzan, O’Herlihy, and Tighe.
- 529Urban Housing Precedents & Recent Case StudiesUrban Housing Precedents & Recent Case StudiesThe class will provide a historical overview of the major housing developments and innovations since the early 20th century, using a case-study format examining a wide range of issues that determine the form of urban housing in various conditions. Major emphasis will be placed on a detailed analysis of social, technical, and design factors affecting recent housing developments. This course will provide participants with a general understanding of the production of housing as a commodity and a building block of communities in the context of the geography of urban systems. It will focus on housing development in general and multi-unit housing development in particular. The course will use case studies to help illustrate concepts supported by in-class lab assignments that will reinforce the concepts discussed during the lectures. Participants will become familiar with the tools and the language of real-estate finance and market research. By the end of the course, students will be able to conduct feasibility analyses of potential real-estate projects that measure both the economic and social benefits of the project. Students will understand the regulatory environment as well as the economic imperatives related to housing, primarily from the perspective of architecture and planning, but will also consider inputs from sociology, economics, and development finance. Students will learn how housing is produced and how issues of race or ethnicity, family status, geography, and other characteristics affect the provision of housing in urban America.
- 560A History of Architectural Theory 1400-1914A History of Architectural Theory 1400-1914Course Description: A seminar on architectural theory from Alberti to Scott, reviewing primary texts and subsequent criticisms. This seminar explores theories of architecture since the beginning of the Renaissance. It involves both reading original texts (where available in translation) and study of the contexts in which the theories were produced. We will also consider some of the buildings which influenced or were influenced by the theories. There are therefore two components to the analysis of the texts: theory and context. Seminal writings on architecture in western Europe, these texts certainly do not exhaust the thoughtful theoretical writings of many others, and there are essays from other cultures and in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but they will not be considered in this course. What were the questions architects and theorists asked of architecture in the early modern era? What was important, and why? What were the assumptions they made about architecture, and about architects, and how did this color the types of questions they asked and the theories they devised? Course Objectives: In the most general terms, this course is an introduction to architectural theory from the 15th through the 19th centuries. Students should gain a working knowledge of developments in architectural theory in Western Europe during this period. The course has other objectives as well. Students will work on developing the ability to write a critical synthesis of a specific set of architectural theories, and be especially concerned that students learn to make cogent oral presentations.
- 561Urbanism Themes and Case StudiesUrbanism Themes and Case StudiesTrace the history of ideas about the city - from antiquity to the present - through the cities which produced them. The course will take twelve cities as case studies and study their transformation and modernization through weekly lectures paired with selected readings from urban theory which emerged alongside their growth and change. The texts illuminate the varied and ongoing struggles all cities continue to wrestle with under pressures of rapid population growth, new technologies, and the need to become ecologically sustainable. The course articulates nuance and difference in place and culture; hoping to suspend -- for the duration of the course anyway -- the theory by some commentators that cities have become interchangeable: lost in the generic and ubiquitous nature of globalization, sprawl, and commercial capitalism.
- 562Architecture Themes and Case Studies Constructing the Modern CityArchitecture Themes and Case Studies Constructing the Modern CityArch 562 will concentrate on architecture as it relates to urban form, urban space, and urban landscape. Students will investigate the relationship of buildings to our built environment, whether cities, suburbs, or constructed landscapes. The focus will primarily be on the modern city and the varying roles architecture has played in confronting, shaping, or even celebrating the eﬀects of industrialization, post-‐industrialization, and globalization.
- 563Contemporary Architectural TheoryContemporary Architectural TheoryTheory can be used as justification, as propaganda, as a guide for practice, as a set of principles, as a vehicle of thought, as a platform for debate, and as an architectural project in itself. This course considers the changing role of theory with respect to architectural, urban, and landscape practice over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and aims to furnish students with a set of questions, techniques, and tools for criticism and self-critique. Focusing on key figures, movements, and texts, this course provides an overview of the principal theories that have informed, animated, or destabilized recent architectural, urban, and landscape discourse.
- 564Descriptive and Computational Architectural GeometryDescriptive and Computational Architectural GeometryGeometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the actual construction. While design and geometry share a fundamental interest in form and shape, Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry aims to address the various natures of the historical relationship between mathematics, geometry, computation, and architecture. Through the display of historical mathematical models with formal affinities to contemporary architectural production, the course will provoke discussion about the relevance of a history of form, the origins of design technique, the epistemology of geometry models, and the justification for mathematical surfaces in architecture. This course examines the history, theory and practice of parallel (orthographic) and central (perspective) projection. The primary objective is to provide designers with the tools to imagine and represent with precision, dexterity, and virtuosity a continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form.
- 573Seismic DesignSeismic DesignDevelop informed intuition for structural lateral systems strategies and layout required for seismic design. Understand the characteristics of earthquakes and the systems that resist them. Integrate seismic design into the overall architectural design of buildings including the detailing requirements for structural and nonstructural components. (From 2012 Syllabus) "Earthquakes and how they influence building design will be the subject of this course. Students will learn about the earth science behind earthquakes and the fundamentals of the physics and behavior of structural systems designed to resist earthquake motions. System and material selection for seismic design considering the structure, façade, and nonstructural components will be explored to help the student make informed decisions about seismic design."
- 574Parametric DesignParametric DesignThis design seminar aims to investigate the parametric relationship between geometry and architecture element, in this case the relationship between the geometry of atrium and architectural circulation. We will begin by using parametric tools to examine existing architecture examples, which contains atriums and complex circulation systems, with the intention of exploring tensions, functions, and the spatial effects between them. Through this analyzation, students will construct their own geometrical narratives to express the parametric formal relationships of the subject of their studies. Thereafter, these geometrical narratives will be translated into iterations of physical models. This class consists of lectures and workshops, and will utilized both digital and physical media.
- 575aSystems The Thermal EnvironmentSystems The Thermal EnvironmentLearn to apply the fundamental scientific principles governing the thermal environment and human physiology to contemporary issues of environmentally responsive building design and resource efficiency. Students will explore the technologies and strategies to control the indoor environment as well as the basic analyses needed to inform design decision-making and examine project performance. The course will cover the laws of thermodynamics, heat transfer and solar geometry in the context of building design and operation, and occupant comfort - the building as an environmental filter, where environmentally responsive design strategies are used to minimize the size and operation of mechanical systems and demand for energy from renewable sources. Following these steps, energy efficient mechanical systems, controls, and renewable energy technologies will be covered as a supplement to these strategies.
- 575bSystems Luminous and Auditory Phenomena in ArchitectureSystems Luminous and Auditory Phenomena in ArchitectureThis course is the second in the building systems series and covers topics of lighting and acoustics. The fundamental scientific principles governing light and sound in the built environment will be examined in the context of human physiological, psychological and biological needs. It exposes students to technologies, materials and strategies for control of light and sound in buildings as well as the basic analyses needed to inform design decision-making and examine project performance. The course will continue the themes of resource efficiency and end-user comfort through the examination of emerging metrics for daylight sufficiency, visual and acoustic comfort.
- 576Sustainable Design for Healthy Indoor EnvironmentsSustainable Design for Healthy Indoor EnvironmentsThis course will expose seniors and/or graduate students to a systematic evaluation process for performing and diagnosing indoor environmental quality relative to thermal, lighting, air quality, acoustic, and spatial conditions in buildings. Emphasis will be on fundamental approaches for developing integrated environmental design methods that are primary requirements for students in the fields of architecture, environmental design, and building science. This knowledge is basic to understanding the principles underlying human-architecture interaction. The course will focus on the building design process required to assure indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and the needs of building occupants to promote their environmental health, work productivity, psychological comfort, aesthetic quality, and satisfaction. Technical applications will involve user surveys, environmental data collection, and in-depth analysis, as well as suggested steps and processes for solving environmental problems. Course content is designed to help students develop a framework for addressing architectural design and research problems and for identifying practical solutions to the design planning process that will assure a successful building project.
- 577Lighting DesignLighting DesignThe artist, the scientist and the architect who want to understand their world are fascinated by light. Light is the medium of perception in art and in architecture. Light is also one of the most fascinating aspects of physics. As far as we know, it is the only constant. Indeed time and space warps around the constant speed of light. Examine the perceptual and physical aspects of light and learn how the design profession has used light, the tools with which it studies light, and the design principles and drawing conventions with which the profession manipulates light in buildings.
- 579Sustainable Building and Environment using LEED MetricsSustainable Building and Environment using LEED Metrics
This course will provide fundamental knowledge of sustainable building concepts, current environmental design building rating systems (for example, LEED), and building performance and diagnostic metrics, as well as referenced standards related to sustainable design.
The course will examine U.S. case studies to determine best practices, and will adopt practical research experiments in building indoor environmental quality, focusing on thermal, air, lighting, and acoustic qualities. It will also introduce technical and quantitative methods for passive design strategies for a zero energy building. This practice-based course will equip students with analytical skills to develop best green design and technology combinations depending on environmental characteristics of a building site.
Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the LEED Accredited Professionals / Green Associate Exam, which is rapidly becoming the standard of recognition for green building professionals.
- 580Field StudiesField Studies
One of the most important aspects of field research is the opportunity to gain insight into the relationships between design language, building proposition and construction process of specific periods/architects/buildings/landscapes. It is an occasion to discover not only the tenets upon which an designer bases his work, but also how these tenets resolve complex relationships between a project, its site and the cultural/theoretical context in which it was constructed. Through thoughtful case study analysis students will explore how these external forces influence/direct the form and shape of the designed response.
This Field Studies course will concentrate on projects and practices [from the analysis of buildings to the focused engagement with the methods of practice], landscapes and ecologies [both natural and manmade], and urban spaces [including parks, plazas, and urban (re)development projects]. The field study of these spaces and methods also provides an opportunity to understand the complex relationship of the designer with place. These place-based investigations will engage field studies to employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of place. This investigation allows one to develop awareness as well as appreciate the complex relationship between a place, its inhabitants and the spaces that facilitate a multitude of events and activities.
- 581Techniques in Digital FabricationTechniques in Digital FabricationThe arrival of two KUKA 6-axis robotic arms marked a new phase in USC’s fabrication and design curriculum. With the reliability, accuracy and flexibility afforded by these machines we hope to change the way students understand and engage digitally driven tools for fabrication. Students taking this course will be given primary access to our KR6 Agilus and KR120HA industrial robots. Building on the original digital fabrication seminar, students will become well versed in the language of robotics and kinematics, becoming the de facto programers and operators. Utilizing our core shop and fabrication facilities, students will be expected to design and build custom end-effectors and tooling for the robots. While the concept of programming may seem imposing, newly developed parametric plugins such as KukaPRC allow direct interface between Rhino/Grasshopper and the robot arms. This interface will be the primary focus of our design work in this seminar.
- 585Visual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in MediaVisual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in Media
THIS COURSE IS 80% ONLINE. There are three on-campus meetings during the semester.
Designers are storytellers. Each line we draw or model we build expresses intent. Historically, drawing has been the primary medium of expression in the communication of design ideas. In this course we will combine traditional methods of expression with current online technology to create unique and compelling visual stories. Anyone can tell a story, but learning to tell an engaging, poignant story that generates real interest, enthusiasm, support and excitement is a vital tool in today’s fast-moving digital culture. This course helps the student understand how visual stories can serve as an active tool to critically explore, evaluate, and express design ideas.
This course specifically stresses the instrumentality of online videos for communicating and thinking graphically. This master class in media making, distribution and promotion will benefit architecture and design students who want deeper and more practical uses for visual storytelling. In the first half of the course, the emphasis is on telling a visual story effectively. The second half is devoted to presentation and promotion, including crowdfunding. The emphasis throughout is always on the deep structure that is critical to creating an effective visual story.
Instructor Background: Lee Schneider is creative director of Red Cup Agency, a communications agency based in Santa Monica and known for its work with startups, entrepreneurs and social activists. He is the founder of Digital Fundraising School, an online school that helps media-makers, designers and tech visionaries become better crowdfunders. He is the author of "Be More Popular: Culture-Building for Startups." He has guest-lectured and taught workshops and classes at USC, University of Minnesota College of Design, Architecture for Humanity, and Public Architecture. Before his work with Red Cup, he was executive producer and founder of DocuCinema, a media production company that made documentaries and series television for The History Channel, Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, ReelzChannel, Food Network and Bravo. Early in his career, Mr. Schneider was a writer for Good Morning America and a producer for Dateline NBC.
- 586City Cine Visuality, Media and Urban ExperienceCity Cine Visuality, Media and Urban ExperienceIn this course each week, we will compare chosen media examples (photography, films, anime/magna, commercials, web content, etc.) with selected seminal readings in urban planning and social theory to tease out latent connection between visual media and urban life. Each week is be structured around a different theme – city symphonies, alienation, gender, globalism, immigration, poverty, surveillance, ecology, noir, etc. Students are expected to select readings that particularly interest them each week and come to class prepared to discuss the major ideas at hand, referencing the required texts and the media example.
- 588Interactive Architecture Computing and the Physical WorldInteractive Architecture Computing and the Physical WorldThis course is a seminar and workshop exploring physical interaction with computational media in real time. The widespread diffusion of sensing, computational, and communicative media into the physical realm presents an opportunity for exploring and constructing intelligent objects understood through dynamic and complex relationships of adaptation and improvisation to the environment, the site, and the human body. The course will chart and explore a range of approaches for integrating computation into the physical realm through a series of projects using physical computing prototyping tools. This course is focused on self-directed, project-based learning within and experimental and collaborative setting. Students will design and develop projects that use sensors and microcontrollers to translate sensory input to control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware in real time. There are no prerequisites for the class. This is an interdisciplinary course and students from outside the School of Architecture are welcomed and encouraged to register
- 590Directed ResearchDirected Research
(1.0 - 12.0 UNITS)
Research leading to the master's degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.
- 599Digital Fabrication – Materials and Methods of ProductionDigital Fabrication – Materials and Methods of Production
This course is a broad overview of multiple fabrication and construction techniques used in the production of architecture, furniture, and industrial design.
This course will be a combination of lecture and lab. Lectures will cover three primary categories of industrial process (Additive, Subtractive, and Transformative) along with materials research (Plastics, Composites, Wood, and Metals). We will engage a series of discovery‐ based, hands‐ on workshops where students will begin small scale material and fabrication prototypes, utilizing various digital fabrication technologies (CNC milling, 3D printing, Laser Cutting, etc). In the second half of the course, students will further develop their initial material-based discoveries into refined, small‐ scale projects that exhibit a high degree of material awareness and craft.
- 599Informed FormInformed Form
This is a design research seminar that will explore the relevance of architectural form as a product of discovery by exploring the reciprocity between form (geometry), force (performance), matter (organization), and craft (fabrication). It investigates and extends the design research legacies of analogue form-finding in the works of Frei Otto, Antonio Gaudi, Heinz Isler, and Felix Candela by exploring digital and analogue techniques for discovering form through variable material and geometric organizations and force simulations, while simultaneously considering the design opportunities being afforded by advances in computation and fabrication technologies. In this elective course, students will research and analyze the history of funicular form and its applications within architecture, explore the application and manipulation of both physical and digital form-finding experiments, performative analysis and simulation, and digital fabrication protocols to explore the potential for materiality and non-standardization processes to augment performance through variable organizations. The goal of the course is to understand performance as a design catalyst for the exploration of form. Students must have proficiency in Rhino 3D and a minimum proficiency with Grasshopper. All other software will be introduced in the course.
Students will need to have the following softwares installed:
- Rhino 3D
- Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino
- Kangaroo plug-in for Grasshopper
- Karamba plug-in for Grasshopper
- 599Realtime Computational Representation: Game Engines And Virtual RealityRealtime Computational Representation: Game Engines And Virtual Reality
Computational systems have reached the speed of operations that allows simulating human perception in real-time. It is no longer necessary to wait for hours to obtain an accurate depiction of the interplay of light with materials or calculate the angle of a shadow. By exploring gaming technology, this class will invite students to re-consider architectural representation through the scope of a real-time medium, where the exploration of space can be performed at a simulated 1:1 scale.
Real-time technologies, as advanced by game engines, are not only a medium for architectural visualization, but also a medium for simulation, where data can be superimposed over architectural geometry, enabling an augmented perception of a digital project. By learning how to visualize and how to simulate data over pre-existing geometry, the class intends to give new tools of inquiry for mapping and framing architectural information.
This course will be structured as a technical introduction to real-time visualization and virtual reality, exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by the medium. The course will be taught using the game engine Unity and will make use of the USC VR sets to test students projects in virtual reality.
The objectives of the course is to challenge traditional conceptions of space and representation, generating conceptual simulations that develop insight into architecture’s potential.
- 599Research + Design + Build: CARAPACEResearch + Design + Build: CARAPACE
Students from the USC School of Architecture are designing, fabricating, and installing a “CARAPACE” shade pavilion at Joshua Tree National Park. The project started as a USC design studio in Spring 2019 and is now into the fabrication and installation phase. With guidance from professionals, students will use ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) in a completely new application on the leading edge of materials science. Students will also design the new VIP campground at Joshua Tree. Meeting times to be determined by the students. No previous experience required. Join us and earn your coveralls and patch!
This course will provide opportunities for students in materials fabrication, construction, CAD/CAM, construction management, site design,
- We will camp at Joshua Tree National Park during the installation later in the Fall Semester (we will help if you are not an experienced camper).
- The project is fully funded.
- Schedule is flexible and will be designed to meet student needs.
- Contact the faculty for further information: email@example.com
- 599Slums and the CitySlums and the City
How do the billion people in slums in cities around the world live and work? What is the relationship of the slum to the city, and of slum dwellers to urban life and economy in cities around the world? In this course we will focus on the cultural, social, economic, and political processes that shape this particular urban housing form. The course will also investigate the effects of local and global policies and trends on the experiences of those living in slums and squatter settlements in cities around the world.
Course discussions will focus on both classic and contemporary scholarship, reports, and documentaries that investigate slums and squatter settlements from architectural, policy, human rights, and economic perspectives. The course will cover general theories on low-income housing, and practical approaches towards the management of slums and squatter settlements in cities around the world.
- 599Space and the City: Lessons from the FutureSpace and the City: Lessons from the Future
Space activity and space age technologies are now an integral part of, and fast becoming a positive force in city development and evolution. Space technologies are helping transform and rehabilitate old cities and their aging infrastructure too. Water and power distribution, transportation and air quality, food production, delivery and waste management, emergency health care and disaster relief all have complex interdependence through agile and advanced communications built into their vast and ever more intricate and intertwined networks. Monitoring and metering activity are all heading toward autonomy, leaving supervision and anomaly resolution as the principal tasks for human crew.
From Archeology to Agriculture and Automobile and factory emissions, space-based technologies are changing the way we see, monitor and respond to our surroundings with agility. Remote sensing allows agile monitoring of the weather and hazards like fire and earthquakes and help to organize relief efforts in ways never before possible. Technologies like high resolution hyperspectral imaging can even access yield and spot disease burden in crop and livestock and even help to contain deadly pathogens from quickly spreading into pandemics.
As the world population grows, so does the need for more resources and their efficient management. We will study, imagine and visualize how to imbibe and apply useful and appropriate technologies and processes of current and proposed human space activities to create more synergetic relationships between the manmade and natural environments using principles of human space activity as a guide.
- 599Taming Smart Materials: A Workshop On Controlling Behavior With GeometriesTaming Smart Materials: A Workshop On Controlling Behavior With Geometries
This workshop will be an in-depth study correlating the importance of geometry with the control of smart material behavior. We will meet once a week to develop dynamic movement and surfaces using three different phase changing materials: shape memory polymers, polystyrene and shape memory alloys (or thermobimetal)--most of which will be provided by the instructor or handmade by the students. After the initial introduction of the scientific nature of the three materials and studying selected group of precedents through diagramming and replication, students will begin to familiarize themselves with the natural behavior of the smart materials and develop effective geometries in two and three-dimensions as well as integrate structural strategies for a final installation with a self-supporting surface. By the end of the semester, each student will build a self-assembling device as a culmination of their earlier studies.
The device may be a responsive surface or an operable product or piece of furniture. The final presentation with include drawings/diagrams and will be made public physically and digitally.
- 605aLGraduate Architecture Design II - IntegrationGraduate Architecture Design II - IntegrationBasic principles of structural (seismic/wind and gravity), HVAC, building envelope, access/egress, building service systems; and sustainable strategies are critical to the proper execution of performative goals. The integration of building systems will be delineated to demonstrate the tectonic viability a design solution.
- 605bLGraduate Architecture Design- ComprehensiveGraduate Architecture Design- ComprehensiveComprehensive project emphasizing the interaction between general principles and local sites, building technologies and total building design.
- 606Advanced Architectural TheoryAdvanced Architectural TheoryWithin contemporary architectural design a significant shift in emphasis can be detected – a move away from an architecture based primarily on visual concerns towards an architecture justified by its performance. Structural, constructional, economic, environmental and other parameters – concerns that were once relegated to a secondary level – have now become primary, and are being embraced as positive inputs into the design process from the outset. Architecture – it would seem – is now preoccupied less with style and appearance, and increasingly with material processes and performance. It is as though a new architectural design sensibility has emerged. But how exactly might we theorize this new sensibility? The course tracks this new development from its origins in materialist philosophies to its implications within the field of design. It draws upon biomimetics and other aspects of scientific thinking, such as theories of emergence and swarm intelligence, that are informing recent developments in contemporary design thinking. It goes on to consider the role of computation in this development, from new scripting techniques to fabrication technologies, from the scale of individual components to entire cities, and from terrestrial concerns to new robotic technologies being envisaged by NASA for application on the Moon. The aim of the class is to provide a theoretical manifesto for a new way of approaching design that is sweeping through architecture and urbanism.
- 607Advanced ComputationAdvanced Computation
This course stems from the assumption that architects should not only be able to use various tools, but should have the ability to create new critical and experimental design tools that respond to specific design-questions. In this course, we will aim at the generation of design-question oriented customized digital workflows. These customized workflows will explore the potential of breaking down a design problem into several questions in order to approach architectural and urban research through a bottom-up method. This technique will allow us to experiment with converging varied inter-operational platforms in order to develop custom toolsets for each proposed design question. The process of workflow customization will amplify our ability to explore options and achieve depth and speed of analysis. In this course we will use Rhino/Grasshopper as meta-tools which enable the creation of other tools.
However, the course is not about software itself, but about experimental design processes. Using a series of custom scripts, techniques and workflows, Rhino/Grasshopper will be used to create new interfaces that disappear and become part of the Rhino environment or even part of the physical world. External input devices (cameras and sensors) will be used to create new relationships with 3d modeling, data will become incorporated into new forms of tools, and representation will be explored as a way to design the behavior of the user. Technology will not be used as calculators, but as augmentations of the designer that alters their design process.
The point of the course is to develop computational design thinking in order to acquire a critical lens for the evaluation of digital tools. Through a closer look at the relationship between computational design theories and methods, we will engage in an experimental feedback loop where new ideas can generate new design techniques, and new design techniques can thus generate new ideas.
- 607Advanced Computation (Fall)Advanced Computation (Fall)Contemporary architecture is designed predominantly with digital software. Although the designer is the puppet master pulling the strings, different digital tools encourage distinct workflows, which have critical impact over design outcomes. Polygon-based modeling software, such as Maya, offers designers a range of sculpting techniques to construct form, which is vastly different from NURBS-based software such as Rhino. Polygon modeling provides a faster feedback loop between intuition and outcome, enabling unique aesthetic sensibilities, and at the same time challenging the user's precision and control. This course aims to explore the form-shaping capacity that polygon based software (Maya) affords to designers. The course will introduce students to a range of techniques concerning modeling in Maya, and will consist of lectures, tutorials and in-class work sessions.
- 608Special Topics in Urban Theory Los AngelesSpecial Topics in Urban Theory Los AngelesExplore the city of Los Angeles through this advanced seminar in urban theory with an emphasis on contemporary architecture theory. Students will deepen their understanding of this extraordinary city’s historical transformations and recent development. Examine the city’s complex relationship with its environment as well as power and resource distribution. How, for example, does architecture imagine the city, its management, appearance, its cleanliness and contaminations? More broadly, this course aims to give the student new tools to analyze the contemporary material conditions of cities; it is curious about the history and theory of ecology, atmosphere, and environment.
- 609Advanced Fabrication (Ley)Advanced Fabrication (Ley)This course provides an introduction to a range of new fabrication techniques and technologies that will, encourage students to rethink the nature of architectural fabrication and representation. The subject, matter in this course anticipates that students already have a working knowledge of the major material, groups within architectural design and construction (Wood, Metals, Concrete, Masonry, Glass, Plastics, and Composites). Over the course of the semester, we will look closely at how these materials are being, utilized and advanced in fields outside of architecture, and will also learn the methods and processes, that are used in their fabrication.
- 611Advanced Building Systems IntegrationAdvanced Building Systems IntegrationNo other building system has more impact on the overall look, character and performance of a building than its façade system. However, far too often, aesthetic concerns have dominated façade design discourse while performative considerations have been limited. This course aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the façade, building performance (energy consumption) and indoor thermal and visual comfort. We will work to develop a critical awareness of performance issues related to façade systems, the opportunities for enhanced performance and core skills necessary to evaluate, determine and integrate appropriate façade technology. Upon completion of the course, students will: Understand fundamental principles of façade construction and detailing. Understand fundamental relationships between energy, environment and building enclosure. Utilize appropriate modeling and analysis software. Develop core skills to evaluate, determine and integrate appropriate façade technology. Develop high performance façade proposals. Develop framework for further ongoing research on the subject.
- 613LSeminar Structures ResearchSeminar Structures Research
Vertical structures respond to gravity, wind, seismic, and thermal loads. They also need to be integrated with architectural objectives, creating a synergy of form and structure. This course covers various methods for stabilizing vertical structures, including foundation design, moment and braced frames, framed tube design, shear walls, and building diaphragm design in the context of wood, steel, concrete, and masonry structures. Students will explore the use of Multiframe; LDG (Lateral Design Graph); SDG (Structure Design Graph) to design moment frames, braced frames, and shear wall structures; and PDG (Post Design Graph) to design posts in wood, steel, concrete, and masonry for axial and bending stress.
Structure and Design: https://titles.cognella.com/structure-and-design-9781516522989
Detailed information is posted at http://uscarch.com/structures/
- 615LSeminar Environmental Systems ResearchSeminar Environmental Systems ResearchAcquire new building science concepts, and experience how they impact building performance. This course introduces the concept of total building energy performance, delineating the full range of performance mandates required for today’s architecture, including building integrity. Explore the relationships, opportunities, and conflicts of the performance mandates, and the integration of building systems necessary to achieve total building energy performance. Through lectures and seminar instruction, students will develop a basis for environmental design performance and system design skills, towards creating high-performance buildings.
- 692bLBuilding Science ThesisBuilding Science ThesisPrerequisite(s): ARCH 596 This course has several coincident agendas. We will complete the Master’s Thesis for the Building Science program which each student has developed in preceding 596 and 692a classes. But in the process, we will address a broad range of ancillary topics. We will create a “culture of learning” as part of the course. Although it is a studio course, there will be guest lecturers, lectures of assigned topics and periodic reviews, as well as normal studio time. We will review the scientific method in general and as it applies to each thesis topic. We will consider the value and impact of investigative tools in the process and product of Architecture. We will write papers which could be submitted to conferences or journals as a prototype of technology transfer (and a measure of the value and validity of the material.) Those of you who have had abstracts accepted will use the abstracts as topics for these papers. We will do several interim presentations to the first year students and to outside consultants and to committee members, prior to the final presentation. We will examine topics in Building Science which are of current interest, whether or not one of the current theses addresses these topics. We will write the thesis in several stages, so that there is opportunity to modify and improve both the research and the writing prior to the thesis due date. Prior to the due date (currently April 1) each student will produce a thesis in the format acceptable to the University and with content acceptable to all committee members. Finally, each student will produce a shorter version of the thesis material in a format consistent with publication. In the process, each student will learn something about the content area of each other student’s thesis.
- 694Research Publication Methods for Building ScienceResearch Publication Methods for Building ScienceTechnical documentation, graphic representation, and verbal presentation for writing and presenting journal articles and conference presentations in building science.
- 702LAdvanced Graduate Architecture Design- ThemesAdvanced Graduate Architecture Design- ThemesAdvanced thematic topical investigations emphasizing diverse areas of specialization. Projects will be faculty-led research investigations that concentrate on diverse areas of vital concern.
- 705LAdvanced Graduate Architecture Design- TopicsAdvanced Graduate Architecture Design- TopicsAdvanced topical investigations emphasizing diverse areas of specialization. Projects will be faculty-led research investigations that concentrate on diverse areas of vital concern.
- 793aLArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IDirected Design Research option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.
- 793bLArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IDirected Design Research option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.
- 795aLArchitecture Thesis Option IIArchitecture Thesis Option IIThesis option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded IP/CR/NC.
- 795bLArchitecture Thesis Option IIArchitecture Thesis Option IIThesis option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.