This research workshop will explore three-dimensional problems in the static equilibrium of structural systems. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science and architecture, we will develop design tools for determining the form of three-dimensional structural systems under a variety of loads. The goal of the workshop is to develop real-time design and analysis tools which will be useful to architects and engineers in the form-finding of efficient three-dimensional structural systems. Research topics include, but are not limited to: mesh generation; procedural methods for creating structural elements; physical simulation procedures; interactive design tools; structural analysis; computer graphics; and mathematics of nodal systems. Students will gain experience with basic programming through a series of exercises leading up to a final project.
Students will be evaluated based on attendance, weekly assignments, research presentations, and the completion of a final project. Readings to be distributed.
Meeting time: Monday, 3-5 PM, MIT Room 4-261
Credit: 9 units
Prerequisites: None, permission required of instructor to enroll
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