This MAS class is a full-time one-year interdisciplinary class of about 12 graduate students interested in research on the next level of Computer Aided Architectural Design. This class contains 7 modules in theory, in basic skills about theory in technology and architecture, programming, electronics and CNC production of architectural artifacts. The main interest of the research is the reflection on the potentiality of the upcoming technologies for future architecture. The class starts on an abstract theoretical and philosophical level and ends in exercises in designing concepts of future architecture on the so called symbolic level.
Today, information technology is ubiquitous. Most architects have a self-taught working knowledge of visualisation and computer-aided modelling techniques. In some places, there are specialised technical programmes, especially in the areas of parametric design and experimental computer-generated production. This specialist knowledge is not sufficient, however, to keep track of the medial, technical, organisational, economical and political developments in architecture. Information technology has become a driving force in every sphere of activity for architects. But these developments are as yet badly understood, and so their interpretation is narrow and the architectural landscape diffuse.
This programme is directed at architects, designers and creative people. It offers, for the first time, not technical specialisation but architectural integration on a higher technical level. It conveys profound insights into a variety of technical areas and prompts theoretical reflection as well as promoting an independent personal stance.
The programme is demanding. Technologies are becoming ever simpler and more accessible, but defining an individual position for an architect is becoming more and more difficult. We offer no formulas or solutions. We mistrust the attitude, taken by MIT for example, that popularises, and in doing so naturalises, technology. This, to our minds, amounts to a positioning for power by way of simplification: complexities are being externalised. We believe that this is not enough: technological creation has to be complemented by expertise, not just in technology, but also in creation.
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