4.511 Digital Mock-Up Workshop

As taught in: Spring 2006

Illustration showing the skin of a skyscraper.

The skin of a skyscraper designed through relational modeling. (Image courtesy of Taro Narahara and Kenfield Griffith. Used with permission.)




Prof. Lawrence Sass

Course Description

This is an advanced subject in computer modeling and CAD CAM fabrication, with a focus on building large-scale prototypes and digital mock-ups within a classroom setting. Prototypes and mock-ups are developed with the aid of outside designers, consultants, and fabricators. Field trips and in-depth relationships with building fabricators demonstrate new methods for building design. The class analyzes complex shapes, shape relationships, and curved surfaces fabrication at a macro scale leading to new architectural languages, based on methods of construction.