21002142-1 - PARTE I

Numerical modelling and simulation. Objective of the course is also to learn how to choose at least two different softwares used in the architectural curriculum, and learn ho to force communication between the two; this is both in importing and exporting data, but most important, also at the level of the descriptive model, which generally goes undiscussed. In particular the use of Grasshopper.
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The first part consists of a "reading course" on recent research literature in architecture and the sciences, such as from journals "Nexus-Mathematics and Architecture" and "Architectural Geometry".
Specific modelling contents will be adapted to the specific interests and curiosity of the students.
One of the aims of the course is to learn mathematical models; such models, via parameters, always allow and facilitates a flexible interaction of different softwares, when needed. Possible mathematical themes shared by several papers will be dealt with in frontal lectures.

Core Documentation

H. Pottmann, A. Asperle, M. Hofer, A. Kilian: "Architectural Geometry" Bentley Institute Press 2007

Reference Bibliography

series of proceedings of "architectural geometry" conferences Nexus-Mathematics and Architecture, selected papers web page Tony Philips, Stony Brook U.

Type of delivery of the course

frontal classes for new theorical mathematical contents. Group discussions about validation and appropriateness of the mathematical model chosen


Attendance is required for at least 75% of the lessons

Type of evaluation

Oral exam. arguing about models. Presentation of individual work about a chosen scholarly paper