4.273 Introduction to Design Inquiry

Fall 2004

Design inquiry.
One of the home page images from the class. (Image courtesy of Marianthi Liapi.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive set of lecture notes from the class, and a set of readings from the term.

Course Description

This subject explores the varied nature and practice of computation in design. We will view computation and design broadly. Computation will include both work done on the computer (digital computing) and by-hand. Design will include both the process of making designs and artifacts, as well as the designs and artifacts themselves. The aim of the course is to develop a view of computation and design beyond the specifics of techniques and tools, and a critical, self-awareness of our own approaches and metaphors for computation and design.

Technical Requirements

Java® plug-in software is required to run the Java® files found on this course site.

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Prof. Terry Knight

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session