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INTRO to COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY, Freshmen Core Class, Spring 2012, Cornell University Department of Architecture
Instructor: Dana Cupkova

INTRO to COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY introduces student to basic understanding of computation as a tool for representation, drawing, operative diagrams, 3D form finding and dynamic modeling strategies in architectural design. During the last 20 years the architectural discipline has been confronted by an influx of new and always evolving digital technologies, which has had a dramatic effect in transforming the way we think about our methods of representation, design processes, production and construction. The main outcome of this recent phenomenon is the shift in the role of an architect from a single master creator of aesthetics to different modes of collaborative practices, which acknowledge the need for various specializations within a more fragmented disciplinary landscape. This fragmentation occurs primarily at two levels: First at the level of schematic design and form generation, where ability to simulate behavior and use real time information has provided architects with the ability to understand potential performative aspects of design trends, which traditionally has been dealt with by the architectural consultants in structural, mechanical and other forms of engineering. Second, at the level of fabrication, construction and building management, where the new tools enable us to introduce feedback into fabrication sequences and other sets of information into design logic and the production of concrete built form. The capacity to embed information directly into design processes has engendered new trends in the convention of architectural drawing. We are no longer designing and representing a single static state of an object, but a series of processes which produce a new built environment emended into a particular reality. This class will offers a basic understating of spatial computational strategies that intend to serve as a springboard for future design investigations.