4.638 Drawings & Numbers: Five Centuries of Digital Design

Fall 2002

Barozzi da Vignola.
Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo. Regola delli Cinque Ordini d'Architettura. Rome, first published ca. 1562-63, pl. XXX, detail. (Image courtesy of Prof. Mario Carpo.)

Course Highlights

This course features student transcriptions of all the lectures from the class in the lecture notes section, and a diverse bibliography of materials on the subject in the readings section.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to highlight some technical aspects of the classical tradition in architecture that have so far received only sporadic attention. It is well known that quantification has always been an essential component of classical design: proportional systems in particular have been keenly investigated. But the actual technical tools whereby quantitative precision was conceived, represented, transmitted, and implemented in pre-modern architecture remain mostly unexplored. By showing that a dialectical relationship between architectural theory and data-processing technologies was as crucial in the past as it is today, this course hopes to promote a more historically aware understanding of the current computer-induced transformations in architectural design.
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Prof. Mario Carpo

Leonardo Diaz Borioli

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session