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The Digital in Architecture

 

Prof. Fabio Gramazio    Prof. Matthias Kohler    Hannes Mayer    Jesús Medina Ibáńez

063-0610-00L          Spring Semester 2019

Lecture                      Thu 14:45 – 15:30

Exercise                     Thu 15:45 – 17:45

Room                         HPT C 103

 

 

About the course

In lecture series coupled with a series of taught exercises, the course establishes a conceptual framework of digital fabrication in architecture. The exercises focus on simple yet powerful methods of digital, computational and algorithmic design. Two seminar sessions open a debate on the digital as a driving force of a future building and architecture culture.

Students develop an understanding of the digital and its concepts in architecture and of current developments in the field of digital fabrication. Students learn about design strategies based on digital methods and are able to relate these to their own design approach and its wider context at the Department of Architecture. In the exercises, they learn to use Rhino 6 / Grasshopper and write their first code in Python. The aim is to equip students with the necessary intellectual and technical skills that allow them to independently deepen their engagement with the digital in the chosen design studios.

 

The course consists of a lecture series coupled with a series of taught exercises. Departing from the work of Gramazio Kohler Research, the lectures establish a conceptual framework of the digital in architecture with special regard to digital fabrication. The exercises focus on simple yet powerful methods of digital, computational and algorithmic design. Two seminar sessions are dedicated to an open debate on the digital as a driving force of a future building and architecture culture.

see in Course Catalogue

 

 

 

News & Updates

 

21.02.2019 First lecture and Installation Party!

19.02.2019 Information event: 11:00-12:00, HIB Open Space (Floor E)

 

 

Lectures

 

21.02.2019      Lecture 1          The Digital in Architecture

28.02.2019      Lecture 2          Digital Materiality

28.03.2019      Lecture 3          Digital Design Systems

04.04.2019      Lecture 4          Material Expression and Self-Formation

11.04.2019      Lecture 5          Future Construction

18.04.2019      Lecture 6          Towards a Digital Building Culture

 

 

Exercises

 

Bring your laptop + mouse!

Required software: Rhinoceros 6 for Windows and Grasshopper (see details and install instructions).

 

21.02.2019      Exercise 1         [assignment] [submit]       Introduction + Rhino I

28.02.2019      Exercise 2         [assignment] [submit]       Rhino II

07.03.2019      Exercise 3         [assignment] [submit]       Rhino + GH I – All exercise

14.03.2019      Exercise 4         [assignment] [submit]       Rhino + GH II – All exercise

21.03.2019      SW                    

28.03.2019      Exercise 5         [assignment] [submit]       Rhino + GH III

04.04.2019      Exercise 6         [assignment] [submit]       Rhino + GH IV

11.04.2019      Exercise 7         [assignment] [submit]       Rhino + GH V

18.04.2019      Exercise 8                                                         Excursion: DFAB House

25.04.2019      EW                    

02.05.2019      Exercise 9         [assignment] [submit]       Python + Additive Manufacturing (FDM) – All exercise

09.05.2019      Exercise 10      [assignment] [submit]       3D Printing Party

16.05.2019      Seminar                                                            Evaluation

 

Contact

 

For general questions and discussions, join us on slack.

Jesús Medina                medina@arch.ethz.ch    +41 44 633 01 76