Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills: Reciprocal Methodologies

A sculptural piece composed of circular, transparent tubes that create a curved, dome-like canopy.

Voroduo, the second in a series of cellular studies by Office dA, exemplifies discretization through its geometric concept, structural design, and visual impact. (Photograph courtesy of Brandon Clifford.)


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This course is an intensive introduction to architectural design tools and process, and is taught through a series of short exercises. The conceptual basis of each exercise is in the interrogation of the geometric principles that lie at the core of each skill. Skills covered in this course range from techniques of hand drafting, to generation of 3D computer models, physical model-building, sketching, and diagramming. Weekly lectures and pin-ups address the conventions associated with modes of architectural representation and their capacity to convey ideas. This course is tailored and offered only to first-year M.Arch students.

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Brandon Clifford. 4.105 Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills: Reciprocal Methodologies. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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