Degree Program: 
Design Communications

Course Description:

This course emphasizes the development of digital communication techniques for the study and presentation of architectural ideas. Essential methods of digital drawing are investigated through a series of interrelated exercises.  Material exploration of the design research case studies will be developed and interrogated concurrently with our digital production.

A case study method will be employed in this course and we will utilize digital drawing as a method and technique to uncover the inherent relationships between architectural practice, history and building technology. In this context, the case study acts as a vehicle for understanding the role and uses of digital technology in our profession. All assignments and quizzes contain a unit of knowledge and a unit of skill, which will be emphasized and clearly articulated in order to develop a sophisticated understanding of the subject matter and software employed in this course.

1. Further develop the mechanics of drawing and physical modeling
2. Develop skills related to the intelligent use of digital drawing and modeling
3. Develop both the syntax and grammar of design communication
4. Become intimately engaged with a body of work through systematic case study analysis

Course Structure & Topics
Phase 1: Digital/Analog interface.  Production and output of orthographic drawings.  Introduction to 2D AutoCAD, and related drawing standards. Utilizing case study method throughout the duration of the course.
Phase 2: Development of 2D and introduction of 3D digital drawing.  Creation of integrated drawing sets, and composition of composite 2D/3D drawing information/composition.
Phase 3: Digital/Material interface.  Development and realization of scale models and/or full-scale details of case study project information.
Phase 4: Comprehensive development of 3D AutoCAD model and related drawing standards.  Introduction to digital rendering methods and platforms.
Phase 5: Spatial and tectonic ordering systems.  Production, composition and output of 3D rendering, both analytical and observational, with fully optimized  light and material conditions.

Course Requirements
Class preparation: The laboratory activities and requirements for presentation will be discussed each week in the lecture, with supporting handouts distributed as necessary.  As the laboratory's activities are considered cumulative, completion of all activities in sequence is mandatory to receive a passing grade. Students are required to be present (physically and mentally) in class with an operable laptop or desktop computer. All required software must be installed and operable. 

Assignments, readings and presentations:  Student work will consist of in-class exercises and critiques. Readings will be assigned to develop skills but also to provoke discourse.  The readings will assist with understanding the goals and requirements of the activities and phases of the laboratory, and to gain essential skills in the communications methods, and the introduction/development of a variety of digital platform.   Electronic presentations of work will be projected in the auditorium periodically in order to critique and further the progress of course work.  Projects will be developed in both individual and collaborative contexts in the laboratory component of this course.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E