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This microcredential will teach you how to approach complex design problems using multi-objective optimisation methods. Using advanced digital tools within the Rhino 3D software platform, (structural analysis software Karamba 3D, parametric software Grasshopper 3D, and generative and evolutionary software Wallacei), you will develop skills in addressing the fine grain of environmental issues and the structural and material opportunities for complex architectural forms.
Successfully completing the microcredential will equip participants with:
This microcredential aligns with the 3-credit point subject, Advanced Digital Tools for Architectural Design and Structural Optimisation (80111) in the Master of Technology. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.
The course is for built environment professionals and academics who want to:
Full price: $2,500 (GST-free)*
Special price: $1,500 (GST-free)
To help you build future-focused skills during COVID-19, this course is currently offered at a reduced rate of $1,500 (full price $2,500).
*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.
Working in groups with other course participants, you’ll design a canopy-like structure using the highly detailed and parametric approach of Grasshopper 3D (a plugin for Rhino 3D). This canopy will be the case study through which you will examine different structural, architectural and environmental design objectives, creating a framework for learning and applying a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm in the design process.
Next, you’ll learn how to analyse the structural qualities of your design through the use of Karamba 3D and conduct solar analysis on your design using native Grasshopper components. You’ll gain hands-on experience applying these analytic methods for optimisation using the evolutionary engine, Wallacei.
Once you’ve completed your design, you’ll prepare your files for the fabrication process. Please note that the course does not cover the fabrication process itself. You will present your design process and outcomes to the class, allowing for critical feedback that will further develop the skills and knowledge you've gained throughout the course.
Face-to-face learning through the use of digital tools.
By the end of this course, you’ll understand:
To pass the course, participants must have full attendance and complete all submission requirements as per the assessment criteria stated in the course outline.
Assessment will be pass/fail.
Learn about the digital tools that facilitate the design of urban processes in the built environment. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Learn to represent and understand architectural design by producing a real-time visualisation model. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Use 1:1 prototyping to design feedback loops between computational design and robotic fabrication. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Combine imaging software and video with urban-sourced qualitative data to design future cities. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Learn fundamental principles and project applications of architectural lighting design. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Use digital modelling, structural analysis and robotic fabrication to explore complex geometries. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Access and manipulate open GIS data sources for architectural, engineering and construction projects. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Explore the practical applications and integration of drones in architecture projects. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Create and navigate virtual reality environments to provide new insights into architectural design. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]
Create parametric designs for environmental and structural optimisation of architectural form. [16 days, avg 4 hrs/day]