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Architecture and computational design

01VPCPQ

A.A. 2022/23

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Lezioni 20
Esercitazioni in aula 40
Tutoraggio 35
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Ferrando Davide Tommaso
Architecture and computational design (Architectural and urban design)  
Docente esterno e/o collaboratore   20 40 0 0 1
Buratti Giorgio
Architecture and computational design (Architectural drawing)  
Docente esterno e/o collaboratore   20 40 0 0 1
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
2022/23
The atelier aims to introduce the student to parametric design as a process of conception and composition, through the explanation of the process of conception closely and indissolubly linked to the process of representation. The design process will therefore be linked to the investigation of the methods and most frequently used drawing tools for the prefiguration of architectural design. The potential of digital drawing assisted by visual programming s ystems (VPL) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes will be presented to the students. The 3D modeling supported by VPL allows the management of the morphological/functional complexity in the composition phase; the BIM approach allows to foresee and solve the construction issues of the building in relation to the adopted level of representation detail. The atelier thus understood allows the student / designer to acquire new methodologies for the control of complexity, understood not only in the purely formal aspects (organic surfaces with variable curvature) but also as an integration of the different systems (spatial, structural, cladding, etc. ..) that make the architectural object and allow the development of the project.
The atelier aims to introduce the student to parametric design as a process of conception and composition, through the explanation of the process of conception closely and indissolubly linked to the process of representation. The design process will therefore be linked to the investigation of the methods and most frequently used drawing tools for the prefiguration of architectural design. The potential of digital drawing assisted by visual programming s ystems (VPL) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes will be presented to the students. The 3D modeling supported by VPL allows the management of the morphological/functional complexity in the composition phase; the BIM approach allows to foresee and solve the construction issues of the building in relation to the adopted level of representation detail. The atelier thus understood allows the student / designer to acquire new methodologies for the control of complexity, understood not only in the purely formal aspects (organic surfaces with variable curvature) but also as an integration of the different systems (spatial, structural, cladding, etc. ..) that make the architectural object and allow the development of the project.
[Architectural and urban design] ● Ability to deconstruct (read) reference projects/architectures. ● Ability to construct new architectures on a building scale, explaining their conception processes and reference models. ● Ability to construct the parameters of the project programme, explaining their weights and hierarchies. ● Ability to communicate the design idea through appropriate representation languages. [Drawing] ● Ability to deconstruct the mental models of the project by explaining the logical algorithms; ● Ability to construct compositional algorithms in Visual Programming Language for the definition of responsive digital models; ● Ability to construct and manipulate parametric architectural objects; ● Understanding of the concept of efficiency, responsiveness and scalability of parametric models; ● Data flow management capabilities for interoperability between conceptual geometric models (VPL) and parametric architectural models (BIM).
[Architectural and urban design] ● Ability to deconstruct (read) reference projects/architectures. ● Ability to construct new architectures on a building scale, explaining their conception processes and reference models. ● Ability to construct the parameters of the project programme, explaining their weights and hierarchies. ● Ability to communicate the design idea through appropriate representation languages. [Drawing] ● Ability to deconstruct the mental models of the project by explaining the logical algorithms; ● Ability to construct compositional algorithms in Visual Programming Language for the definition of responsive digital models; ● Ability to construct and manipulate parametric architectural objects; ● Understanding of the concept of efficiency, responsiveness and scalability of parametric models; ● Data flow management capabilities for interoperability between conceptual geometric models (VPL) and parametric architectural models (BIM).
To follow the course you need the knowledge acquired along the educational path of the three-year degree on the general principles of: Architectural Composition; Fundamentals and Applications of Descriptive Geometry, Representation and Digital Modeling of Architecture, Mathematics.
To follow the course you need the knowledge acquired along the educational path of the three-year degree on the general principles of: Architectural Composition; Fundamentals and Applications of Descriptive Geometry, Representation and Digital Modeling of Architecture, Mathematics.
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The students will be asked to design a housing complex in the "Scalo Vanchiglia" district of Torino: an area characterized by a dishomogeneous urban fabric featuring a mix of residential, industrial, productive and tertiary activities, by several empty plots, and by the proximity of the Monumental Cemetery. Scalo Vanchiglia is one of the potential areas of development of the city, with a specific section of the PRG approved for it. Also, in 2010, an international ideas competition was launched to explore solutions for the transformation of the Scalo, where the "Linea 2" metro line (so far unrealized) is meant to pass. The design of the housing complex will be based on a thorough study of a series of examples of residential buildings from the 20th and 21st century. Each group of students will be asked to analyse one architecture, extrapolating and redrawing in 3D its two main elements: the housing units (private spaces) and the system of distribution (common spaces). The final project will be based on the recombination of the redrawn housing units, and on the design - by means of parametric and generative software - of a new system of distribution for them.
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Architectural and Urban Design: the first month of the semester will be dedicated to the study of a series of examples of housing complexes from the 20th and 21st century. The second and third months will be dedicated to the development of an original project based on the data produced and the knowledge obtained during the first month. One or two field trips are going to be planned during the first half of the semester, and some lectures are planned as well. Architectural Drawing: In the first part, we will improve your workflow with Grasshopper3D and Revit to give you an overall understanding of parametric-generative thinking. We will explore Grasshopper and its relationship to Rhinoceros as well as their data structure and general concepts such as data types, data matching and lists. In the second and third months, we will include practical exercises to learn the algorithmic method and software practice.
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ModalitÓ di esame: Elaborato progettuale in gruppo;
Exam: Group project;
Gli studenti e le studentesse con disabilitÓ o con Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento (DSA), oltre alla segnalazione tramite procedura informatizzata, sono invitati a comunicare anche direttamente al/la docente titolare dell'insegnamento, con un preavviso non inferiore ad una settimana dall'avvio della sessione d'esame, gli strumenti compensativi concordati con l'UnitÓ Special Needs, al fine di permettere al/la docente la declinazione pi¨ idonea in riferimento alla specifica tipologia di esame.
Exam: Group project;
Architectural and Urban Design: the final evaluation, which is worth 50% of the overall grade, will be given as the sum of two partial evaluations given to the students during the month - one after the first month and one after the second month - plus the third evaluation given during the day of the final exam. Architectural Drawing: the assessment for this module will be the sum of two midterm tests about Revit and Grasshopper, respectively, the two softwares planned for the course. The grade obtained will average with the Architectural and Urban Design module to obtain the final grade
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