SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program

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Satoru Sugihara / Computational Modeling with Scripting
Marcelyn Gow / Matter InFlux
Peter Zellner / The Figural City: From Pattern To Form
Peter Trummer / Aggregated Figure
David Bergman / Business IS(N’T)


Visual Studies


Instructor: Satoru Sugihara


This course explores fundamental and advanced modeling techniques with scripting using Processing combined with Rhinoceros. 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. This course involves two individual projects. One is to algorithmically design facade system with surface-based scripting techniques, and another is to design massing form with multi-agent based swarm scripting techniques.

Course Contents:
Part 1: Surface-Based Scripting
- (Coding Topic) Data Types, Array and Loop
- (Geometry Topic) 3D Vector Math
- (Geometry Topic) NURBS Curve and Surface and Polygon Mesh
- (Geometry Topic) Surface Division and Panelization
- (Individual Project) Facade Design Project

Part 2: Multi-Agent Based Swarm Scripting
- (Coding Topic) Subroutine, Class and Object Oriented Programming
- (Coding Topic) Multi Agent Programming and Swarm Algorithm
- (Geometry Topic) Math for Physical Force Simulation
- (Individual Project) Swarm Forming Project

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Instructor: Marcelyn Gow

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.

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Cultural Studies


Instructor: Peter Zellner

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.

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Instructor: Peter Trummer

From the stand point of urbanism the city has mainly been defined as a problem between the figure and its ground. The intention of associative design is to take materialist position towards urbanism whereby the figure/ground problem is replaced by a problem between form and matter, between the figure and its unfolded ground. The aim of associative design is to produce new figure ground diagrams actualized by the property matters of the urban territory.

Phase 1: The Architectural Diagram
A survey through architectural and urban theory and history, culminating in a hybrid design.

Instructor: David Bergman

This course will introduce students to issues surrounding the real estate development process and city building in downtown Los Angeles. As the title of the seminar implies the focus will be on the economic and transactional aspects of the development process understanding how downtown Los Angeles works as a business both from the perspective of private investors, developers and the community. At the core
of the seminar is a series of presentations by stakeholders in the downtown development process who will share their perspectives on how projects can move forward in Los Angeles and the role that architecture
and design can play in facilitating the production of a better urban environment.

Lectures from visiting guests will be contextualized by readings and discussions focused on the process of urban development and the logic of capital investment in Los Angeles. Students will be exposed to the basic factors influencing decision-making in the development process and develop the skills to interpret and react to the economic requirements of the development project as architects.
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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.



Program Calendar

September 2018
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