ARC 547-BRU– Conditional Form

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Course No.: 18028

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2016 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 202

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:40PM

Faculty: Bruscia


This techniques seminar introduces students to computational design tools that facilitate movement between parametric modeling and material prototyping. The course will introduce form-finding through code-based design methods with a focus on optimization for buildability. Examples include surface planarization to approximate curvature using sheet materials, and tailoring membrane surfaces with seam patterning. Students will be required to test the accuracy of this workflow against material constraints by building models and constructing large-scale prototypes.


Skill-building exercises and in-class workshops will occur prior to group research projects. While the course is hands-on and technical in nature, selected case studies intend to provide insight into the use of these tools in practice and research. The design tools introduced/ studied in the course will be Processing (iGeo), RhinoPython, and Grasshopper (Kangaroo, Karamba, Evolute). Based on individual interest and incoming skill level, students may select a particular tool to develop a more focused proficiency.