4.520 / 4.521 Computational Design I: Theory and Applications

As taught in: Fall 2005

Image of an architectural drawing created with a computer program.

Malibu courtyard houses. (Image courtesy of Jin-Ho Park.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Terry Knight

Course Features

Course Description

This class introduces design as a computational enterprise in which rules are developed to compose and describe architectural and other designs. The class covers topics such as shapes, shape arithmetic, symmetry, spatial relations, shape computations, and shape grammars. It focuses on the application of shape grammars in creative design, and teaches shape grammar fundamentals through in-class, hands-on exercises with abstract shape grammars. The class discusses issues related to practical applications of shape grammars.