CAD and Planning Methods

Elective class co-taught with Philipp Seifried or Athanassios Economou

Shape gram­mars, a pow­er­ful for­mal sys­tem for the descrip­tion and gen­er­a­tion of designs will be pre­sented in detail. Shape gram­mars have been devel­oped to gen­er­ate a vari­ety of archi­tec­tural lan­guages includ­ing Pal­la­dian Vil­las, Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses, Queen Ann houses, Christo­pher Wren churches, Giuseppe Ter­ragni apart­ments, Alvaro Siza hous­ing schemes, and many oth­ers. And still other gram­mars have been devel­oped to gen­er­ate designs from scratch. This class will dis­cuss the foun­da­tions of shape gram­mar for­mal­ism and it will pro­vide a gen­er­ous overview of the his­tory and logic of sev­eral of its appli­ca­tions in design research. The course is struc­tured around a shape gram­mar work­shop Prof. Economou (Geor­gia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, USA) will hold daily from the 17th to the 20th of May. Lead­ing up to this event a num­ber of classes intro­duc­ing the stu­dents to the the­ory of gram­mars are given (Tues­days 3pm to 6pm). Each stu­dent is expected to work on an indi­vid­ual project due at the end of the semester.

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