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Computational Design Seminar

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F0001 ZK 2
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Shota Tsikoliya
Name of lecturer(s):
Shota Tsikoliya

Computational Design Seminar investigates fundamental changes brought to the field of architecture and design by the introduction of the digital tools. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing became a new mainstream and are followed by new generative and computational approaches, interactive systems and artificial intelligence. The changes brought by the new digital paradigm are not of only a technical nature, related to the understanding and knowledge of the newtools and techniques, but also of the acceptance of a different mode of thinking about the nature of the design. The course will provide a theoretical foundation to the field of computational design. Through the analysis of various projects, participants will discuss new chances and challenges brought by the paradigm.

Lectures outline:

1. Introduction - computation and architecture

2. Emergence I

3. Emergence II

4. Paradigm change: allographic vs autographic approach

5. Discretization

6. Fold

7. Material computation

8. Morphogenetic architecture

9. Robotic touch

10. Exuberance

11. Second digital turn

12. Overview

Seminar outline:
Study Objectives:


- to introduce students to contemporary discourse of computational design

- to make students aware with recent shifts of paradigm in architecture and digital cultures

- to encourage students to explore the influence of new digital tools on architecture and design

- to emphasize to the students the role of the medium in design and interpretation of architecture


On satisfactory completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

- distinguish and characterize various directions and approaches in the field of computational design

- put the work of contemporary architects and designers in the context of the development of architectural tools

- understand concepts and framework of computational design thinking

Study materials:

Carpo, Mario. The Alphabet and the Algorithm. The MIT Press, 2011.

Carpo, Mario. The Second Digital Turn Design beyond Intelligence. The MIT Press, 2017.

Menges, Achim. Computational Design Thinking. Wiley, 2011.

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This course is an elective for all UMPRUM students
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