3B Option Studio - Parametric Space and Material Systems

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The ParaMat studio offers students the opportunity to become immersed in digital capabilities not as production tools but as design media.  The studio offers an introductory exploration of computational design by instilling an awareness of structures, processes and opportunities necessary to develop a design practice inclusive of computational strategies and techniques.

Particular emphasis is placed on the relationships between parametric and material systems. Through the course project sequence, the studio will aim to nurture two distinct exploratory environments. The first, Parametric Space will focus on the exploration of the abstract structures and processes used to define and characterize parametric models and systems.  The second, Material Systems, will place physical and tangible materials and their associated ways of making at the center of an exploration of form, material and performance.

The relationship between these two environments will evolve over the course of the term and be explicitly tested in a third phase of work focused on the design of an architectural space guided by the intersection of parametric and material systems. Through this collision, the studio will simultaneously deliver a foundation in computation and test what opportunities emerge from including it in an architectural project. On the one hand, introduction to and operation within an unfamiliar domain such as design computing requires a commitment to skills-based instruction where students can learn the conceptual and technical frameworks of the discipline. On the other hand, the traditions of the design studio will require that students engage in their projects in a critical, robust and rigorous manner.

Student Work Gallery

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    Prototypes aim to investigate stress inducing method between the veneer and zip tie system, in order to pre-program a shape into the bending active network.
    Prototypes aim to investigate stress inducing method between the veneer and zip tie system, in order to pre-program a shape into the bending active network.
    Alina Turean
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    Scale prototype model of the pavilion structure bending active system.
    Scale prototype model of the pavilion structure bending active system.
    Alina Turean
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    Scale prototype model of the pavilion structure bending active system.
    Scale prototype model of the pavilion structure bending active system.
    Alina Turean
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    architectural drawing
    P3: Reflecting on the Past
    Callum Nolan / Yannik Sigouin
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    Model photo
    Model of west-edge component
    Callum Nolan / Yannik Sigouin
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    photos of reflective material model studies
    Material Studies
    Callum Nolan / Yannik Sigouin
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    Oblique site drawing.
    Oblique Site Drawing
    Callum Nolan / Yannik Sigouin
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    section drawing of a suspended pavilion
    Section
    Isabel Kim / Rebecca Zarins
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    photo of foam model deformin
    Material Studies
    Isabel Kim / Rebecca Zarins
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    plan of one pavilion
    pavilion plan
    Julie Niu / Meghan Won
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    Exterior collage view.
    Exterior view
    Julie Niu / Meghan Won
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    material system studies
    Material System Studies
    Julie Niu / Meghan Won
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    material system studies
    Material System Studies
    Julie Niu / Meghan Won
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    material system study - detail photo showing material pattern
    Material System Studies
    Julie Niu / Meghan Won