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Spatial Computing for Design (SpaDe 2011)


Design is one of the most complex of human endeavours requiring an enormous number of often conflicting criteria to be contemplated when identifying optimal solutions. It is constrained by major building codes and standards applicable to the individual location that the design will be sited. It has to be created within a collaborative team consisting of many professionals focussed on specific sub-systems that provide unique functionality to the overall design. To manage the space of potential solutions a designer typically relies upon a suite of simulation tools and rules of thumb which are based upon the precise physical properties of a design. Few of these tools support qualitative analysis within the Design Space, which is a style of analysis more closely aligned with the designer's mental model. Newly developed computing techniques now allow this form of design assistance to be created and to build upon the traditional quantitative support offered to designers.

This course will cover the basics of spatial design in the context of computer-aided architectural design. We will study design paradigms and systems, classical perspectives on the role of form and function in design, and the spatial informatics of architecture design assistance systems. Latest design standards and frameworks will also be discussed.

ECTS Points: 4
Duration: 4 weeks; June 2011 (precise lecture times and evaluation schedule will be decided in consultation with students)

Time and place: will be announced in 1st introduction lecture

Course introduction lecture: June 1 (14.00 - 16.00, Cartesium, Level 3)

Format: One 2hr lecture per week, and reading assignments. Evaluation will be done in Seminar mode during early July.

Delivered by:

Robert Amor (University of Auckland, New Zealand), and Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen)


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