Ecologics

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Carnegie Mellon University  School of Architecture
Elective Seminar  Spring 2015-17, 12 credits
Level  Graduate and Undergraduate
Instructor  Dana Čupková

Ecology posits that all entities within a given system have thermodynamic relationships to each other and are bound together in complex exchanges of energy and information: an ecosystem. This seminar seeks to translate this dynamic exchange into a computational framework directly influencing design processes. Students are introduced to computational design thinking, using contemporary parametric modeling as a method for incorporation of environmental data into systemic dynamic behavior and feedback loops. The objective is to speculate about performative architectural or urban systems, the morphology of which, are informed through design protocols that incorporate environmental data and simulation. We engage design processes in which the metrics of the systems’ performance underpin creative exploration of organization and form. This exploration results in the design and prototype of a specific morphological component system.
Students are introduced to digital parametric tools and immersed in contemporary digital fabrication processes, such as 3d-printing, CNC-milling, mold casting, etc.

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE | ELECTIVE SEMINAR: Spring 2015-17, 12 credits | LEVEL: Graduate and Undergraduate | INSTRUCTOR: Dana Čupková


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