Lecture 5

Arch 200c 2011 Fall

Course Arch 200c
Date 2011/10/18
Learning Objectives In this lecture, drawing practices that have been developed in order to aid in the negotiation of constraints related to rapid prototyping, and that draw close connections with processes of fabrication and construction will be discussed. Parametric modeling techniques will be introduced.
  • Lecture 5
    • BIM
    • Parametrics
    • Solution Spaces
    • Documents to Artifacts
  • Introduction of Topic Readings / Reading Mavens
  • Introduction of Exercise 5
Uses Tool(s)

Lecture 5

Just as the practice of descriptive geometry has been radically transformed by computational techniques in the past few decades, so this transition into the information age has impacted the domains of manufacturing and fabrication. The dominant paradigm of mass production has begun to be displaced, as artisanry was before it, and replaced by a much tighter loop connecting design prototypes, design specifications, manufacturing process models, and machine instructions. Often referred to as CAD-CAM, or at times the more ominous BIM, this shift in the paradigm of fabrication and construction presents our discipline with both threats and opportunities, at it represents a reconfiguring of the language through which we communicate and collaborate with essential disciplines allied with architecture.



Solution Spaces

Documents to Artifacts


  • Malcolm McCullough, Abstracting Craft : the practiced digital hand (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996).
  • Michael Meredith et al., eds., From Control to Design: Parametric/Algorithmic Architecture (Actar, 2008).
  • Dennis Dollens, D2A, digital to analog (Santa Fe, N.M: SITES, 2001)
  • Branko Kolarevic, ed., Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing (New York, NY: Spon Press, 2003).
  • Bob Sheil, ed., Design Through Making - AD Reader (Academy Press, 2005).

Reading Mavens

  • Max Edwards
  • Lan Ly
  • Peter Samuelson
  • Gwen Fuertes