Spring '17 Digital Architecture

INSTRUCTOR Ji-Hyun Lee, Associate Professor
Office: N25 #3237, x2919
E-mail: jihyunlee@kaist.ac.kr

Andrzej Zarzycki, Associate Professor
Office: N25 #3237, x2919
E-mail: andrzej.zarzycki@njit.edu

Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
TA: Taeha Yi (yitaeha@kaist.ac.kr)

LECTURES Here is the schedule of all lecture material, readings, homeworks and project information for this semester. You can also check the KLMS from KAIST.
OBJECTIVES This course investigates emerging attitudes towards adaptive and autonomous objects, buildings, and cities. It surveys current state-of-the-art practices with in-depth analyses of smart buildings, adaptive designs, and networked cities. It will address cultural dimensions of digital architecture by discussing contemporary attitudes toward digital public spaces, from mainstream media facades, interactive art installations, and mobile apps to guerrilla-like techniques such as tactical media, activist gaming, and electronic civil disobedience. The balance between ownership and authorship of the public realm, and the role design plays in this balance, will help to frame the discussion. Students will be expected to research these attitudes in preparation for presenting their own design propositions for, or implementations of, responsive designs.

Students will also be introduced to various technical aspects and scales of interactive designs, fundamentals of computer-human interactions (CHI), and prototyping strategies deploying microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators as well as fabrication tools. As part of the course, students will design and develop working prototypes of adaptive installations, autonomous objects, urban sensory network, or extensions to smart infrastructure.

In this course students will learn:

  • Conceptual underpinning of smart and autonomous designs and cities with practical ways these can be implemented
  • Formulate a conceptual and artistic position on topics of interactive and reactive designs
  • A broad range of relevant and current case studies
  • Foundations/framework for adaptive and autonomous designs
  • How to interface design with sensors, actuators, and microcontrollers
  • Prototyping and technology/product development skills
  • How to harvest relevant data and how to analyze it
  • How it interconnect agents (smart objects, buildings, infrastructure points) into a larger participatory network
  • Develop an interactive design submission for the public venue
    PREREQUISITES Previous exposure to design, mathematics, computer science, or linguistics is helpful, but not necessary.
  • To formulate a conceptual and design position on topics of adaptive and autonomous objects, buildings, and cities.
  • To demonstrate an in-depth technical understanding of topics in contemporary autonomous designs and smart buildings/cities.
  • To develop a smart design prototype.
  • Program microcontrollers with the ability to wire them with sensors and actuators.
    EVALUATION Completion of ALL assigned projects and presentations is required to complete this course. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Your performance will be graded based on the successful completion of the class objectives, projects, presentation and documentation requirements.

    The grade will break down as follows:

  • Case studies of smart technologies (paper and presentation) 30%
  • Term Project and Presentations (proposal, midterm, final reviews) 50%
  • Public Venue Submissions (The case study paper and term project submissions to a research/design venue) 10%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • READINGS Readings and references will be posted on our course website or handed out periodically and discussed in class.

    Projects (and ideas for the term project)
    City of Santander, Spain   http://www.smartsantander.eu

    eu-smartcities.eu/conference    http://www.smartcityexpo.com

    Book References (Technical)

  • Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, by Anthony M. Townsend (2013)
  • The New Science of Cities, by Michael Batty (2013)
  • Smart Cities: Governing, Modelling and Analysing the Transition, by Deakin, M. (2013).
  • Cyber-Physical Systems: Driving force for innovations in mobility, by acatech (2012)
  • Online References

  • European Smart Cities   www.smart-cities.eu/
  • City Science   cities.media.mit.edu/
  • MIT Senseable City Lab   senseable.mit.edu