Digital Design and 3D Fabrication

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree Parametric Design in Architecture.

he design process in general, and in architecture in particular, is a complex process that involves the combination of a range of knowledge, skills, experiences, practices, etc. In recent decades, digital design has emerged as a clearly unstoppable force, which adds the use of digital tools to all the factors mentioned above.

Using these tools is not in itself design. But using computers, parametric software, numerical controlled machines, etc. is sine qua non for producing what we call Digital Design and Fabrication.

First came CAD (Computer Aided Drawing or Computer Aided Design) - a tool that led to more efficient drawing and transformed design. Computers were also applied to manufacturing (CAM or Computer Aided Manufacturing) and the CAD-CAM binomial emerged strongly at the turn of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Other new acronyms subsequently appeared in the field of design and manufacture: CNC (Computer Numerical Control) as a step beyond CAM.

All this came together in parametric design (which had been present in the automobile industry since the early twentieth century), in geometric design and therefore in an architectural design which is a step forward that has led to a new type of Architecture.

This postgraduate course covers the theoretical advance of this design in the subject "Architecture in the 21st Century. From Sing to Algorithm?" It is not a question of new tools creating design, but instead of design using new tools.

And as has been said before, geometry is the first step in this new adventure. And parametric geometry in particular, which has also given its name to what we call parametric design. We need to return to the roots of this change, and we will do this in the subject "Parametric Geometry".

The third subject on this postgraduate course is "Digital fabrication". It is impossible to imagine a course in digital design and fabrication that does not cover new digital fabrication tools. But it is necessary to learn how to use them from a conceptual as well as an instrumental perspective. Both approaches will give students the competences offered by the postgraduate course.

Finally, when we talk about architecture, we are talking about an integrated design workshop. The course provides the space and time for all the theoretical and practical learning in the subjects to take shape in an architect's typical work: the project. "Studio 1_ Information and Systems" involves not only carrying out architectural projects, but also closed and integrated micro-workshops, which will give students concrete and specific tools which clearly expand the course's overall competences.

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To train students in the use of parametric design software and hardware, which is now widely accepted as part of a new way of presenting architecture.

To provide students with the necessary knowledge to be able to apply parametric design judiciously.

Who is it for

Graduates in architecture, building engineers, quantity surveyors and/or surveyors, industrial engineers in various fields, civil engineers, and technical engineers of public works.

Professionals including consultants, planners and interior designers who have skills in the field of architectural design, building or urban planning, and other professionals wishing to refocus or supplement their skills or begin their own business project.

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(189 teaching hours)

Start date:
Start date:15/10/2018 End date:20/02/2019
Monday  16:00 to 20:00Tuesday  16:00 to 20:00Wednesday  16:00 to 20:00
Taught at:
ETSAV - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès
C/ Pere Serra, 1-15
Sant Cugat del Vallès

Registration fee:
3.950 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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