With «Environmental Design» (second year), this course represents the disciplinary contribution of «Technology of Architecture» to the Master on Architectural Design @ the School of Architecture, University of Florence.
Both are focused on architectural project and computational parametric design embedding the decisional process, communication and designing as well. Both courses deal with willness and facts: with "un-materiality" formalized, computed and extracted through digital technologies.
The course is a fab-lab workshop to explore new technologies and related opportunities derived from digital computation and industrial automatic production in conceiving, designing and producing architecture.
The course gives a preliminary introduction to industrial design in architecture and an overview about the workflow between computational design, building modeling and computer programmable devices for architectural constructions.
The topic is «Form manufacturing» in which students are asked to study forms and model materials to feed automatic manufacturing in order to fabricate, at their own choice, structures, components and elements of buildings. Emphasis will be upon the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) related to the technologies of laser cutting, 3D printing, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering.