Designed Fabrication OpenCourseWare: MIT's Graduate Level Design Fabrication Free Online Course

Published Jan 05, 2009

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'Design Fabrication' is a free graduate-level online course offered as part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s OpenCourseWare initiative. In the course, candidates for Master's degrees in Architecture receive an introduction to computer design, prototyping and building fabrication.

Design Fabrication: Course Specifics

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Design Fabrication: Course Description

In this graduate-level architecture course, students learn to use advanced computing to design and fabricate working architectural prototypes. The course is focused on the design process and the relationship between design, varieties of computer modelling and the development of physical models using rapid prototyping devices, such as laser cutters and 3-D printers. Lecture topics are reinforced through a series of assignments. Sample lecture topics include discussions of CAD technologies, parametric modeling and a case study of Frank Gehry. Course assignments require students to create physical models from a CAD drawing. The course is taught by MIT Professor Lawrence Sass.

This course includes lecture notes, a downloadable case study and nine downloadable assignments. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the design fabrication page.

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