4.580 Inquiry into Computation and Design

Fall 2006

Basswood and metal model of the Pritzker Pavilion.
A Gehry office model of the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. (Image courtesy of BAMCAT on Flickr.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes from selected classes.

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.
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Prof. Terry Knight

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session