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SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program




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Course Structure

Course Key: DS: Design Studio, CS: Cultural Studies, VS: Visual Studies, AS: Applied Studies

FIRST TERM — SCIFI (Fall)

DS_Design Research Studio:
SCIFI studio is an intensive research-based -think tank-dedicated to generating pertinent examinations of contemporary city design-city formulation and urban regulation. The program is calibrated to develop research skills- urban design expertise and unique strategic thinking. The SCIFI program is configured as an ‘expert research center’ focused on promoting innovations within design- policy-planning-development and management responses to the economic- social and environmental futures of global cities and regions. Students will integrate skills from across the Institute’s programs including design technologies- cultural studies and hard technology applications.

CS_Seminar:
The Figural City: from Pattern to Form
In their seminal book, Collage City, Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter arguee that the Modernist City contained within itself a “retarded conception of science and … reluctant recognition of poetics” that inevitably led to the failure of many 20th century Cities. Their reaction to the Modernist ‘total-design’ approach, was to propose fragmentation and ‘bricolage’ to invent functioning networks of “pocket utopias.” This course will explore the legacy of their reading of the postwar city, in particular in the context of the development of current day cities across different regions and with an aim of informing the aligned SCIFI Studio.

CS_Seminar:
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Urban planning, Policy and Development Systems course. please provide data

VS_Seminar:
Coding Form: Scripting and Programming
This course introduces students to basic coding and scripting techniques using Processing and Rhinoceros as programming platforms. It provides fundamental skills of coding in object oriented programming language, basic knowledge of 3D vector math and NURBS and polygon mesh geometry, and algorithmic approach to design architectural geometries. Individual projects will cover top down algorithmic design systems of surface subdivision and bottom up multi-agent based swarm scripting techniques.

AS_Seminar: Elective

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SECOND TERM — SCIFI (Spring)

DS_Design Research Studio

CS_Seminar:
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VS_Seminar:
Advanced Coding Form: Scripting and Programming
This course introduces students to advanced coding and scripting techniques using Processing and Rhinoceros as programming platforms. It provides fundamental skills of coding in object oriented programming language, basic knowledge of 3D vector math and NURBS and polygon mesh geometry, and algorithmic approach to design architectural geometries. Individual projects will cover top down algorithmic design systems of surface subdivision and bottom up multi-agent based swarm scripting techniques.

AS_Seminar: Elective

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THIRD TERM — SCIFI (Summer)

DS_Design Research Studio

VS_Seminar:
Matter InFlux
This seminar explores the influx of non-inert forms of matter into material assemblies. The actuation of these assemblies will engage behaviors that are inherent to biotic systems. Prototypes will be designed to exploit the transformation between states of fluidity and solidity germane to casting. The shifting of material identity, manifested in one instance as a fluid, in another as a rigid substance produces an approach to design that engages the complex dynamics of matter in flux. This fluxional behavior is accentuated by considering the space in which this material transaction occurs, namely the mold, as a non-inert entity, enabling it to either be fused into the final material assembly or alternatively to produce a multitude of differential outcomes through its iterative reuse. These fabrications involve virtuosity in the control of composite behaviors towards the production of specific effects, conjuring the potentials of an architecture that embraces the fluxion of matter.

AS_Seminar: Elective

CS_Seminar: Elective

Software Platforms
Maya  /  AutoCAD  /  Rhino  /  3ds Max  /  Grasshopper  /  Processing  /  Photoshop  /  Illustrator  /  InDesign  /  Flash  /  After Effects

SCI-Arc's SCIFI is an intensive research-based, post-professional degree program and think tank dedicated to generating pertinent examinations of contemporary civic design, city formulation, and urban regulation.


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