School of Architecture

Digital Environments

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The last twenty years have seen tremendous changes in the way daily business and life is led thanks to the emergence of silicon chip development. This paradigmatic shift is dramatically evident in the field of architecture, reflected in the how the design profession is conducted, how information is exchanged, and how resulting built form is constructed. While expertise in digital design tools is becoming indispensable for practicing designers and interns, staying ahead of the rapid pace of technological advances and changes in digital techniques is a near impossible task for educators who educate and train the users of digital design tools. Having said that, for one to develop a proven expertise in an area so universally integrated into a discipline such as architecture, one must aspire to do more than simply stay abreast of the state of the art and make innovations to the way the state of the art is evolving.

The School of Architecture builds upon basic digital literacy necessary for the practice of architecture by focusing research into more recently emergent aspects of digital technology. Applied research with digital design technology continues to search more experimental uses of the medium to push the envelope beyond current design practices. Over the past several years, research projects have included three and four-dimensional web space, digital landscapes, visualization of greenhouse modules for Martian exploration, interactive digital/physical hybrid installations, digital video sketching, digital tectonics and craft, musical interpretation, contextual analysis and singular formal derivation, and more. As new techniques and technology avail themselves, GSoA will actively engage them as pedagogical areas of exploration, folding them into the present digital environments initiatives.