Please see here the list of courses available for next semester:
Architectural Acoustics 1
Providing an overview of the essentials for architectural acoustics design of performance and public spaces, including concert halls, theaters, museums, classrooms, sports arenas, courtrooms, and religious buildings. The course may be used as a concentration in an architecture student’s professional electives, or the beginning of a master’s degree in acoustics. Covering basic principles of sound, room acoustics, sound absorption in rooms, sound isolation and privacy, acoustics of mechanical systems, and sound quality. After Architecture Acoustics 1 & 2, students should be prepared for a basic entry-level position in either acoustics in architecture, or in acoustical consulting. Todd Brooks F 10-12. F 12-2. Cr 4. (can be used towards a minor in Acoustics).
Duchamp Seminar: Anarchism Umped
Explore the life, work and influence of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), inventor of the readymade and father of conceptual art. By examining his ideas and those of his peers we will critically map his influence on 20th century art and architecture. Speculated as “the world’s first feminist artist” by curator Helen Molesworth, Duchamp continues to impact art discourse, 44 years after his death. Readings, response papers, field trips (to the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and discussions with two of the world’s leading Duchamp authorities, Francis Naumann and Michael Taylor. Michael Oatman. W 10-12. Cr 2.
Seminar in Sensory Culture
This seminar examines human perception from a designer’s perspective. It draws on perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities in order to build an understanding of how we perceive and interact with the environments we create. One can not only read about perception, the seminar will augment reading with a range of direct experiences as source material for discussion. Ted Krueger W 10-12. Cr.2
With the increasing relevance of surface and affect as a primary vehicle for architecture to engage contemporary society, coupled with the rapid evolution of customizable computation and fabrication this seminar examines parallels in fashion and architecture. The focus will be on analyzing and developing analogous computational systems of tectonic fabrication that draw heavily on material techniques of the textile and garment industry including but not limited to knitting, weaving, crocheting, darting, folding, pleating, ruffling, and patterning. The seminar will incorporate computational design through visual scripting and physical fabrication. Andrew Saunders. MR 12-2 pm. Cr. 2
Sustainable Building Design Metrics
A review of current and anticipated metrics associated with sustainable building design will be covered as well as changes in the building industry will be discussed. A review of how sustainable design practices can mitigate the climate change in a positive way will also be addressed. An understanding of energy terminology is useful for this course. Course Objectives: Impact of building design and construction on the environment and associated climate change concerns. Design considerations for architecture and engineering in new construction and renovations. Opportunities for improvements in renovation projects. Oliver Holmes. M 6–8. Cr 2.
Informality is often regarded as a phase of underdevelopment, a threshold on the continuum of modernization, that Third World cities must pass. In Latin America the unprecedented rural-urban migration waves of the 1900s and the persistence of diverse form of informal practices (commercial, housing, transportation) demonstrate otherwise. More than an immature type of capitalism waiting to bloom, it is a key ingredient of globalization and late capitalism. Complemented with critical readings and discussions, this course aims to continue an on-going survey and cataloging of non-formal urban settlements within some selected Latin American cities, mapping its history and development from its colonial origins until today, and documenting critical examples of non-formal settlements and innovative initiatives that have been developed in recent years. Gustavo Crembil. R 10-12. Cr. 2 Taught w/6120/6130.
This course will explore recent developments in equation based, parametric techniques to produce performance driven architecture. This course targets two important loci, the first being the technique employed in the generation of the form; and the second, streamlining the analytical feedback loop to give immediate visual results during design. Using Generative Components, this course will develop techniques driven by computationally linking analysis to the design algorithms, enabling the exploration and development of performance driven geometries for architecture. Lonn Combs. Cr 2. (Italian Studies Program students only).
Bedford Seminar: Advanced Building Structures (Civil)
The course will be interdisciplinary with students from both the school of architecture and civil engineering department. The lectures are based on technology as a form generator with particular emphasis on structural engineering and advanced structures. The course will examine how architectural concepts can be enhanced with appropriate structural systems. The students will be exposed to the collaborative methods inherent within the architect/engineer relationship. The class content will focus on the modern history of structural engineering and engineers, structural models, structures in nature and demonstrations of analysis techniques. Many examples will be presented including projects from the instructor’s past and current work experience. Field trips to offices and construction sites will occur during the course. Limited Enrollment: 8 Arch/8 Civl students (selection will be based on seniority). Prerequisites: Arch Students: Arch2330 & 4330. Civil Eng Students: Civil2670. R 6-8 – meets 4 wks per semester (tba). Michael Stein. Cr 2.
Urban & Architectural History of Rome
On-site investigation of architectural and urban history of Rome beginning with an overview of Etruscan culture and architecture, Republican and Imperial Roman Architecture, Early Christian and Medieval Architecture followed by a focused study of 15th & 16th century Renaissance Roman architecture and urban development as a manifestation of the theoretical ideas, sociopolitical context, and historical circumstance of the period. (Italian Studies Program Students only). TBA. Cr 4.
Twisted Siblings: Relationship Between Cont Painting.
An elective seminar is meant to act as a ground of exploration between two of the oldest form of societal expression; painting and architecture. The course seeks to understand current trends and ideas within the two disciplines, their respective histories and how they may influence one another in unpredictable manners. The course will also seek to find new relationships between the most cutting edge digital technologies and how painting may influence the direction of these technologies. The seminar is a lecture course, where students are expected to engage in readings, undertake research and make visits to major institutions of contemporary art and architecture. The semester will be divided between a series of initial lectures, presentations from the students (at midterm), and a final project to be developed over an extended period of time. The themes for the projects will be selected at midterm and will be developed over the remaining sessions. At mid semester, each student will be required to give a 5-10 minute presentation of their research, and propose a final project that responds to the ideas and themes of the course. Individuals may pair with one another; with the permission of the instructor. The midterm presentation will mark the beginning of the project to be developed by each student or pair. The quantity of production by a pair must exceed the production of an individual student. Anthony Titus. R 12-2. Cr 2.
Built Ecol 1
Advanced 3D modeling workshop introducing algorithmic, parametric, and component based modeling methods. Students will gain a working and applied knowledge of using environmental and other datasets to drive their design model. Working knowledge of NURBS and polygonal modeling is required. Jefferson Ellinger. Cr 2. (Offered at CASE in NYC)
An Introduction to Indian Civilization & Its Architecture
The great German author Herman Hesse wrote that India “is not only a country and something geographical, but the home and the youth of the soul, the everywhere and nowhere, the oneness of all times.” India’s wonder and enormous diversity grow from a civilization that extends back four millennia. Yet it has only been a sovereign nation for six decades. As such, it is the world’s largest democratic republic. The depth of Indian art and architecture is extraordinary. Its culture and civilization have not only indigenously produced impressive works of architecture and urbanism but also inspired the work of some of the most important architects working within the Western tradition whether they are eclectic classicists like Edwin Lutyens or avowed modernists like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. And, of course, contemporary Indian architecture is as vibrant and diverse as its culture. This course will explore the many facets of Indian civilization through coordinated readings, films, lectures, and discussions. We will also make an effort to get an introductory grounding in the Hindi language, which is India’s official language among its several hundred different regional languages. David Bell. W 12-2. Cr. 2
Design Explor 2: Informal Urbanism
Informality is often regarded as a phase of underdevelopment, a threshold on the continuum of modernization, that Third World cities must pass. In Latin America the unprecedented rural-urban migration waves of the 1900s and the persistence of diverse form of informal practices (commercial, housing, transportation) demonstrate otherwise. More than an immature type of capitalism waiting to bloom, it is a key ingredient of globalization and late capitalism. Complemented with critical readings and discussions, this course aims to continue an on-going survey and cataloging of non-formal urban settlements within some selected Latin American cities, mapping its history and development from its colonial origins until today, and documenting critical examples of non-formal settlements and innovative initiatives that have been developed in recent years. Gustavo Crembil. MR 10-12. Cr. 4 Taught w/4962
Design Explor 3: Informal Urbanism
Environmental History & Theory
This course has been conceived in tandem with the Integrative Materials Course and with Built Ecologies Design Research Studio, such that each student will develop a complementary written analysis that critically situates the new material system that the student is developing in design studio within historical, socio-political and economic flows. The written analysis will directly reference key themes contained within the required readings, lectures, and seminar discussions. Anna Dyson. Cr 3. (Taught at CASE in NYC).
Built Ecologies 1
In addition to concentrating on building performance as an exclusive internal operation this course will assess the external implications that built spaces produce to the exterior environment. In parallel to building systems, this seminar will probe into “landscape urbanism” strategies examining how open built urban interventions are impacting the environment. Via a simultaneous analysis of enclosed and open built systems, this seminar will scan laws of the ecosystem and biodiversity, thermodynamics, urban technological models of sustainability, ecological planning and contemporary sustainable design policies. Peter Stark (Taught at CASE in NYC w/4968). Cr 3.
Material Systems and Productions
This seminar will investigate emerging functional materials addressing physical adaptability to environmental and climatic fluctuations. Bio-climatic responsiveness via multi-scale intelligence will be examined from innovations on material simulation systems, low energy/low waste manufacturing, raw material reduction and material reduction and material consumption reduction within potential design applications. Design exercises will develop building systems or products that reduce material use, weight, volume or energy consumption with the goal of increasing the environmental performance of the system. Jason Vollen. Cr 3. (Taught at CASE in NYC w/4960)
This course provides introductory materials of engineering acoustics for students with basic knowledge in mathematics (at least on first-year college level). Much of the course material is taken from the textbook Acoustics for Engineers by Blauert & Xiang. The course includes mechanic and acoustic oscillations, electromechanic and electroacoustic transduction, magnetic- and electric-field transducers, the wave equations in fluids, governing equations for horns and ducts, spherical sound sources and arrays, piston membranes, diffraction and scattering, dissipation, reflection, refraction and absorption, isolation of air- and structure-borne sounds, noise propagation and noise control. Ning Xiang. W 10–11. Cr 2. (can be used towards a minor in Acoustics).
The course covers the fundamentals of psychoacoustics with a focus on Architectural Acoustics. Topics include the functional overview of the auditory system, loudness, pitch, and timbre perception, masking, binaural hearing, auditory scene analysis, multi-modal integration, and auditory perception in rooms. Required signal processing methods will be covered as well. Jonas Braasch. T 10–12. Cr 3. (can be used towards a minor in Acoustics).
Sonics Research Lab 1
The Lab is research based. Students will develop an understanding of the measurement equipment and analysis required in order to quantify qualitative aspects of various sonic environments, and examine the ISO standards for measurements in order to develop specific research goals. Students & professors travel to a performance hall to perform measurements, analyze the data and interpret the results. Dissemination of results will go toward furthering the practice of architectural acoustics and increasing the understanding of the resultant subjective quality of a room. Co req: ARCH4840 or instructor approval. Ning Xiang. MR 10–12. Cr 4.
A design studio that explores the roles of light in architecture and its application by design. Students conceive, evaluate, and synthesize solutions that contribute to successful lighting and architectural design. Russ Leslie. TF 2-4. Cr 4. (Recommended for 4th and 5th year architecture undergraduate students – also can be used towards a minor in Lighting).
Human Factors in Lighting
An introduction to lighting and human factors, including classical literature and contemporary studies and development of skills needed to conduct and evaluate human factors research. Fall term annually. Mariana Figueiro. MR 10–11:50 am. Cr 4. (Recommended for 4th and 5th year architecture undergraduate students – also can be used towards a minor in Lighting).
Physics of Light
A comprehensive overview of the physics of light and its applications for lighting. The course uses a variety of instructional methodologies, including lectures, laboratory sessions, hands-on experimentation, and individual student projects and presentations to cover various areas of lighting study. Topics include geometric optics, physical optics, lighting calculations and measures, spectroradiometry, measurement techniques for advanced light sources, radiometry, and photometry. Nadarajh Narendran. TF 10-12. Cr 4. (Undergraduates must receive permission of instructor).