The driving force of cities arises from collective energy. These days, that energy might be social, economic, political and environmental, with increased urban density increasingly being seen as a key to ecological sustainability. Because of its collective character, one of the challenges of the city is the balance between the public and private realms, an issue that is central in the design of urban housing. 
This studio will explore the design of a Gallery Complex as a means to investigate the incorporation of various technologies into the integrated design of a building. 
The studio will foster material research in architecture as an integrated endeavor between scientific, tectonic and cultural readings. Students will exercise to express theoretical and spatial concepts through physical artifacts. Insights will be triggered by working within the material specificity and fabrication techniques of paper casting / fibers / pulp.
This course is a required course intended to introduce 3.5 architecture students to various advanced digital and computational design applications. Topics include advanced 3D Rhino modeling, parametric modeling, and visualization through animation, drawing, and rendering.

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