Reading Discussion & Workshop 3b

Arch 200c 2013 Fall

Course Arch 200c
Date 2013/10/10
Learning Objectives After a quick review of Problem Set Two, we move into our second discussion of readings on how traditional orthographic projection techniques have been transformed and displaced by the introduction of the computer into the design studio. Students will lead this 40m discussion, which will be followed by a survey of general practices in 3d modeling covering an array of software. We extract three rough approaches from this survey - solid-body, wireframe-to-surface, and 2d-to-3d - and give examples of each approach as applied in Rhino.
  • Review of Problem Set 2
  • Discussion of Readings
  • Workshop 3b
Uses Tool(s)

Review of Problem Set 2

We will spend five minutes at the top of class today reviewing Problem Set 2. Please arrive prepared with any questions you might have.

Second Discussion of Readings

To help us contextualize what we have been learning in Topic Three, today we will split into three groups and spend about 40mins discussing the following readings. Each student should choose two out of the following list of readings and come to class prepared with questions and thoughts on how these texts can put the lectures, workshops, and studio work of this semester into a larger cultural and disciplinary context.

If your name appears in bold below, you've got some extra responsibilities for this class. By Tuesday Oct 8 at midnight, please upload to the class BOX a short summary (about one page) of your chosen reading and two questions that may help to start a class discussion. Your summary should be written as to explain the most important points of the text to those who have not read it, and your questions should seek to tie the text to some aspect of your experience thus far as a student of architecture. Name your Word DOCX as "YOUR_LASTNAME.docx" and upload it to "Arch 200ac Commons/200c Student Summaries of Readings/R2" by midnight, and come prepared to present it to the class.

Although those highlighted below will carry the burden 0f preparing formal summaries and questions, we expect everyone to participate in this conversation. Please don't wait to be called upon - your instructors are here to facilitate, but the discussion should be largely student-led.

The following readings may be found on the class BOX under "Arch 200ac Uncommons/Readings/200c R2".

  1. Corner, James. “ The Agency of Mapping: Speculation Critique and Invention. ” In Mappings, by Denis Cosgrove, 213–252. London: Reaktion Books, 1999.
  2. Picon, Antoine. Digital Culture in Architecture . Boston, MA: Birkhaeuser, 2010 Introduction and Chapter 1
  3. Two related readings :
    1. Loukissas, Yanni Alexander. “ Keepers of the Geometry .” In Simulation and Its Discontents, by Sherry Turkle, 153–170. London, England: The MIT Press, 2009.
    2. Turkle, Sherry. “ Design and Science at the Millennium .” In Simulation and Its Discontents, 43–70. London, England: The MIT Press, 2009.
  4. Knight, Terry, and George Stiny. “ Classical and Non-Classical Computation .” Arq: Architectural Research Quarterly 6, no. 1 (2003): 5–10.

Discussion Groups

Discussion Group A Discussion Group B Discussion Group C
Matt Au Spencer Bates Tyler Beard
Erica Brett Jessica Jia Chen Rex Crabb
Kasey Elliott Yan Xin Huang
Brooke Hair Yuxu Han Wesley Alan Harkonen
Brooke Jones Tina Lee Carlos Martinez-Horta
Kasra Yazdanbakhsh Nancy Mei Iftekhar Mian
Adam Miller Min Zhang Thomas Murdoch
Mia Narell Aissata Nutzel Sean Ostro
Rebecca Rusinow Joanna Salem Tsai-Jung Shen
Chandni Sheth Jeremy Shiman Taylor Smith
Alex Spatzier Phirak Suon
Xin Xin Nong Christopher Wright

Workshop 3b

General Approaches to Modeling in 3d

Illustrate the above discussion with screen-shots and process videos from a range of software.


Boolean Exercise
2d-3d Exercise
Will generally follow a workflow on some kind of process that uses solid geometry and Boolean operations to make a building massing .
Wireframe Exercise
Will generally follow a workflow on producing a 3D model from 2D drawings jigs and construction geometry