University of Technology Sydney

11314 Architectural Communications: Dynamic Modelling

6cp; intensive



The use of computer animation software is now firmly entrenched within contemporary digital design practice more for its formally generative, rather than illustrative, potential. This potential is linked to the software's unique capacity to parameterize geometric entities derived from b-splines, and so to test form as a product of variable vectors (magnitude and direction) acting over time. The use of animation software differs from modelling software in two significant ways. First, it acts procedurally as the primary site in which to generate form. Second, its use of contemporary geometries provides a strong analogous framework in which to formally embed the effects of variable data sets. Consequently, the designer is able to explore form making within a paradigm of variation and change rather than one based on the appropriation of pure and static platonic form. The subject aims to expose students to the unique design methodologies and techniques that result from this digital design paradigm. Specifically, students develop knowledge and skill in the exploitation of this software type to conceive, manipulate and image complex form.

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