X-Information Modeling: Parametric Site Analysis

Visual Studies

Fall 2012 + Spring 2013

Luc Wilson, instructor

This course examined the maturity of the twenty-first century metropolis by moving past conventional benchmarks and preconceptions of growth to develop flexible design systems founded on a holistic approach to economic, environmental and social problems that allowed for speculation on many possible futures for the city. Using this methodology, termed X-information modeling or XIM, students leveraged parametric design tools to create systems that strategically integrated diverse objectives, and through Grasshopper for Rhino, visualized potential scenarios for a more informed decision making process.

Students selected a site and program and reverse engineered key relationships influencing design and development such as zoning, real estate value and the environment, in order to find new relationships between traditionally separate or competing objectives to visualize speculative futures of the site and reposition and reorganize those relationships through a visualized evaluation process that challenges design and development preconceptions. Through this process students were asked to create new drawing types (static and animate) that effectively communicated the intent of their parametric design systems for evaluation and critique.

Ayesha Husain A/B/C
Scott Barnholt D