Architecture Design Fundamentals I: Nano-Machines

A network of black lines interconnected across a white background with some dense portions and others sparse.

Screen capture of dynamic Processing code written as a visual abstraction and representation of the rule set in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. (Courtesy of Juanita Ballesteros. Used with permission.)


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Fall 2012



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This is the second undergraduate architecture design studio, which introduces design logic and skills that enable design thinking, representation, and development. Through the lens of nano-scale machines, technologies, and phenomena, students are asked to explore techniques for describing form, space, and architecture. Exercises encourage various connotations of the "machine" and challenge students to translate conceptual strategies into more integrated design propositions through both digital and analog means.

Tibbits, Skylar. 4.112 Architecture Design Fundamentals I: Nano-Machines, Fall 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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