Material Systems (ARCH 583)
NJIT School of Architecture
Fall 2013, 3 Credit Seminar
Fridays 1:00–4:00, Weston Hall Room 650
This course seeks explore this intersection of materials and systems as a central practice within architectural making and thinking. Here materials are understood as the stuff or physical substance of architecture, while systems do the work of organizing, manipulating and describing these materials.
Broadly speaking in architecture, materials are dumb and inert, while the systems that describe them are going through radical technological transformations with the introduction of the computer in to the design studio and construction site.
This class seeks to explore the possibilities of doing what architects have always done (creating space, working with materials, etc) while engaging new means of creating design systems through the use of advanced parametric design and detailing tools.