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4 Sessions
Program ($500 USD)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Visual Arts, Architecture
Skill Level
Adobe, Design Architecture, Architecture, Rhino3D
Course Description

This course focuses on the design of modules or components that can be assembled/clustered/aggregated to form a larger spatial component system to enhance an existing space. Rather than aggregating identical components (such as bricks which are identical in size and shape), we will be designing our own components that can vary in size and shape to form differentiated component systems. The exercises in this course will introduce and develop parametric thinking skills (without the use of advanced parametric design software) and will require the student to fabricate working prototypes of her/his component system out of simple materials or commonly found items.


This course is in scheduled mode and starts Apr 10, 2018. Learn more about scheduled courses here.

Session 1: Parametric Thinking
This session introduces parametric thinking as a framework to understand a design problem. This framework will be applied in the following sessions to analyze and resolve geometry, material, and spatial design options.
Session 2: Phylogenetic Components
In this session we will create a parametric component and investigate its geometric properties. From this component, we can create variant parts that work together by changing geometric parameters.
Session 3: Materializing Components
This session deals with materials and making. We will prototype several examples of our parametric component and work out detailing and connections.
Session 4: Immersive Spatial Component System
In this session students will make a portion of their parametric component system and install it in a domestic space. Students will photograph this installation with human figures to show how it is occupied or used, as well as at different times of the day and under different lighting conditions.
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

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Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 3 courses in the Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture Program and is offered for credits from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course

Prior Knowledge: Prior knowledge of Rhino3D, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop is helpful, but not required.

Materials: Textbook: Johnson and Vermillion (2016), Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students, Routledge.

Equipment: Computer

Software: Rhino 3D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Additional Information

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If a student signs up for the Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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