ARCT5535 Generative Fabrication

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students develop computational design skills using advanced modelling software such as Rhino3D and Grasshopper. Through analysis of precedent and project-based research students develop unique design propositions and carry these through to fabrication either in model and component form or at full size. Students gain a working familiarity with the digital design to fabrication processes that contemporary manufacturing requires. The objectives of the unit include an aim to engender a better understanding of digital design processes and the theoretical context in which they are executed. In addition the historical context of these design practices are evaluated against contemporary practice.
Students are able to (1) a working knowledge of advanced modelling software packages; (2) a working knowledge of digital design to manufacturing processes; (3) a working knowledge of computational design practice; and (4) a strong theoretical and critical foundation in the specialised fields of digital design practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) folio containing precedent study analytical documents (drawings,models, text); (2) scale models and digital file submissions appropriate to project; and (3) prototype design, manufacture and assembly, exegesis (2000 words). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Rene van Meeuwen (Co-coordinator Tristan Morgan)
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
ARCT5580 Key Texts—Virtual
Approved quota: 44—students in their final 24 points will be given priority enrolment, and then selection will be based on academic merit.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
ARCT5535 Materials required for Master of Architecture option unit (estimated cost - 30).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour; workshops: 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
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