Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Studio MA2 (Huang)

AR-402(y)

Lecturer(s) :

Huang Jeffrey

Language:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remarque

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Summary

This studio explores meaningful form generating processes by the use of algorithmic and parametric tools and introduces the notion of growth typologies. Our studio site will be in Singapore, our programme the procedural design of an innovation building prototypology.

Content

The advent of new digital technologies has had a twofold impact on architectural thinking and urban design, transforming, on one hand, the processes for form generation and design production through algorithmic and parametric technologies, and, on the other hand, enabling an escape from the static fate of the built environment by facilitating dynamic interaction between inhabitants and their surrounding. Our interest in the orientation 'Artificial Morphogenesis' is to explore meaningful form generating processes by the use of algorithmic and parametric tools and introduce the notion of growth typologies in architectural and urban design thinking. In particular, we examine the potential of responsive morphogenetic design to explore intuitive form finding processes that address bio-climatic and socio-economic challenges.
This studio (the "Singapore studio") is the second in a planned series of design research projects focused on the theme of data-driven architectural design. While developing a base of digital evidence specific to each site, each studio will explore novel means of deploying this data to support design and generate form.
The intellectual aim of the studio is to question the extent to which the data-scape can artificially generate urban form. Our interest is directed at the decoding and recoding of two distinct domains of knowledge: exteriority which represents a many-layered geographic condition and anteriority which represents the embedded knowledge of local architectural typologies and systems. While the exteriority of geographic data is crucial to our research, we place a primary emphasis on the generative potential of typology- what we have called "growth typologies". Decoding anterior form and then recoding and deploying it across new territories allows us to challenge the role of architecture in urban developments of increased scale and complexity.

Keywords

' Data-driven Design

' Parametricism

' Morphogenesis

' Artificial Design

' Tropical Architecture

' Singapore

' Climate and Form

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

N/A

Recommended courses

AR-401(Y) Théorie et critique du projet MA1 (Huang).

Important concepts to start the course

(1) Parametric Methods: In alignment with the goals of the morphogenesis orientation, this studio will explore meaningful form generating processes by the use of algorithmic and parametric tools and introduce the notion of growth typologies in architectural and urban design thinking.

(2) Digital Generative Design Tools: We assert that it is precisely the new wave of digital tools (scripting, parametric modeling, and associative geometry) that enable the type of approach which is forwarded by the studio's agenda. The ability to organize and leverage information permits the architect to approach projects of new scales and complexity. The logical management of variation allows the architect to avoid repetitive solutions and to maintain an equally high level of conceptual rigor across the entire project, to engage with that complexity rather than reducing it. An additional aspect is the ability to quickly and accurately produce quantitative information during the design process which can be used to strengthen the argument or inform the decision-making process.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Expected student activities

' Architectural projects will be developed individually (or exceptionally in groups of 2).

' Some group work may occur in the analysis stages.

Assessment methods

Projects will be reviewed and assessed based on:

(1) their conceptual strength and innovation,

(2) the coherence and resolution of their architectural translation,

(3) their representative clarity and expressive power, and

(4) the persuasiveness of their communication, both orally, and through the physical and digital artifacts.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Bibliography

' Huang, J. (2015), Growth Typologies, Localities and Defamiliarisation: Experiments with Artificial Urbanism in Sichuan, Guangzhou and Beijing. Archit Design, 85: 70'75. doi: 10.1002/ad.1980.

Websites

In the programs

  • Architecture, 2017-2018, Master semester 2
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA2 (Huang)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • AR Exchange, 2017-2018, Spring semester
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA2 (Huang)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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