4.520 / 4.521 Computational Design I: Theory and Applications

Fall 2005

Malibu courtyard houses.
Malibu courtyard houses. (Image courtesy of Jin-Ho Park.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lectures and readings

Course Description

This class introduces design as a computational enterprise in which rules are developed to compose and describe architectural and other designs. The class covers topics such as shapes, shape arithmetic, symmetry, spatial relations, shape computations, and shape grammars. It focuses on the application of shape grammars in creative design, and teaches shape grammar fundamentals through in-class, hands-on exercises with abstract shape grammars. The class discusses issues related to practical applications of shape grammars.
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Prof. Terry Knight

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate