Ashley Scott Kelly

Design Analytics, Final Review

Students presented their work yesterday at the final review for ARCH 7505 & 7506,
Design Analytics: Surfaces and Ecologies as Spatial Matrices.

Course summary:
Design, as do most disciplines, has a particularly difficult relationship with Nature. It's also doubly difficult to commit the act of "design" in places detached (farther than simply "distant") from the urban, such as national parks. This advanced computation-theory seminar seeks to define a set of architectonic languages for the space of environmental conservation. The focus this term will be on developing methods to represent the dynamics of physically homogenous landscapes in the context of the Peruvian Amazon: forests, logging, degradation, and settlements implicated by a transoceanic highway that crosses coastal desert, highland, montane and cloud forests, and the Amazon Basin. Design Analytics proposes a unique amalgam of computational design and environmental planning. Ambitions this term are not on traditional research, but instead on unleashing the representational capacity of design through parametrics and automation, developing skills necessary for working within local "natures," patterns, field conditions, and analytic models. We will purpose the spatial matrix as a tool for working between complex vector geometry (e.g., contours, reserve boundaries, agricultural settlements) and heavy data (deforestation, endemic species distributions, etc.), in essence, that which is so complex it cannot be represented by lines and polygons. Through foundational and experimental lessons in GIS and scripting in Rhino, complex surface creation, and data manipulation, students will gain greater dexterity and control over their geometry, data types, and cross-platform workflows useful from regional to site-scale works. Projects will culminate in two highly-articulate plans and a 3D-printed surface of a one km2 section of the rainforest.

Student project location map.
Student project location map.
Top: NGO Tsz Kei Twiggy; Bottom: WANG Yun Summer.
Top: NGO Tsz Kei Twiggy; Bottom: WANG Yun Summer.

www.designforconservation.org/news/design-analytics-final-review

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