Cellular Transformations is a course that uses cross-disciplinary approaches, with advances in engineering and biology influencing design production and implementation. It is ever important for designers to use knowledge from other scientific fields. Architectural design has been relatively static in its research development, while engineering and the biological sciences have evolved more rapidly. This course is designed to allow for a more collaborative practice to emerge, with designers, engineers and biologists brought together at the beginning of the design process; rather than in the final stages of a design project as is usually the case.
Students will develop digital design skills along with conceptual understanding of the principles underlying biological architecture, with a particular emphasis on structures and processes responsible for complex architectures within cells. Students will use biological design principles as inspiration for their individual projects. Through digital modeling and scanning of biological structures, each student will develop a transformation process that analyzes the performative aspects of a new emerging design. These designs will be modeled through CADCAM (laser cutting) and Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing) for physical outputs.
Cellular Transformations is a course developed for students who are interested in emerging technologies and cross-disciplinary approaches in design strategies. This course allows each student to develop abstract thinking and learn modern design and making processes including digital media and 3D technologies.
Directing Professors: Ram Dixit and Sung Ho Kim
Visiting Professors: Dan Chitwood and Chris Topp