Sodium Design

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Techniques in Design Thinking: An Unpacking of Design Algorithms

This project is simple, for every week of the semester there will be readings assigned and a class discussion / presentation. This assignment calls for each student to read all of the requisite readings and fill out the ‘Reading Annotations Template’ that is provided on the class website. This template should serve not only as a note taking device for you as you read through everything but also serve as a means to kick start the class discussion and have helped your form an opinion to contribute to the discussion.

For centuries, humanity has been dissecting things in order to understand them more fully - animals, human bodies, mechanical devices and the like. To gain a more fulsome understanding of an object it is helpful to understand the things which we cannot see, this exercise seeks to understand the aesthetic design of a simple / everyday object by understanding its underlying geometry. Generally, beautiful objects are wrought from a beautiful and rigorous process that is largely unseen, we are seeking to understand this process

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PROJECT 3: Sullivan: Unpacking + Reconstituting - 20%
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PROJECT 4: That Which has Come Before - 20%
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A critical element of an architectural education is your ability to cogently comprehend, digest and amalgamate a diverse set of information and be capable of disceminating that to others either graphically or verbally. As such a portion of this course will focus on this ability and will require you to lead a class discussion(s) based on a series of assigned readings.

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January 21, 2020 - The State of Architecture
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As we embark on a semester focuses on ideas of rigor, investigational study, systematic logic and functional algorithmic though it is important to understand the current and past state of architecture. As nothing in architecture is seemingly without precedent this class, and the next few are structured to help provide a baseline from which to build and form a foundation from which we will investigate those who've come before us and attempt to reinterpret, reconstitute or reapply their thoughts and methods in the contemporary environment.