Approaching Convergence

Visual Studies

Spring 2013

Biayna Bogosian, instructor, with Bo Liu

The architect has always operated across a multitude of domains at once. The digital age has only accelerated the diversity; each novel tool introduced to the architect’s toolbox has struck a new vector of architectural narration, and with it opened further possibilities of conveyance of concept and method. This course emerged from the assertion that the architect of the very near future will design workflow and software as integrally as projects and buildings. We aimed to establish sizable research and progress toward this end, first developing then employing an encyclopedic catalogue of dynamic computational operations and systems, grounded in robust, performative evaluation and time-tested mechanisms and techniques. Navigating through, between and within modeling applications as a continual platform for exploration, students launched into a variety of opportunities for advanced and fluid interoperations. The goal was to approach a convergence of varied and disparate computational platforms of design, with a specific focus on integrating techniques of digital and human craft and analysis into a near-seamless and active coexistence.

Cecil Barnes A
Yu Zheng + Darian Lu B