This course, the first in a sequence of core design studios, focuses on principles of formal and spatial manipulation. Students begin the semester with a series of short design exercises focused on massing and texture mapping, the latter a means of applying images, color, and pattern to digital surfaces. The semester culminates in the design of a co-living space for a constituency of the students choosing.
More broadly, the studio considers how the naturalization of digital technology affects architectural form. What does it mean to start form making with the default primitives of modeling software? How does continuously tumbling around a 3D digital model effect our sense of orientation? How might our familiarity with digital imagery (pixels, RGB values, gradients, etc.) change the way we conceive of materiality? Techniques born from these questions are applied to the design of shared living spaces, providing students an opportunity to consider architecture’s role in shifting patterns of domestic life. The breakdown of the nuclear family, dissolved boundaries between work and private life, and ubiquitous networked digital technologies are but a few examples of the types of issues students address through their work. This studio asks that students engage the social, economic, and political issues that matter to them, and think carefully about how architecture (and form, specifically) might address such contexts.