Computation Design Lab: Palladio Digitale
- Technology, History, and Design for the Future -


    Takehiko Nagakura (takehiko@mit.edu, Associate Professor, MIT)
    Daniel Tsai (dtsai@mit.edu, Research Fellow, MIT SAP)
    Howard Burns (Professor at Scoula Normale Superiore, Pisa)

TA: Daniel Rosenburg (d_rosen@mit.edu, PhD Student)

Spring 2013 - Class Information

Click here for a printable course information for Spring 2013 (one page, pdf format)

First class meeting takes place on Monday, February 11, Noon, Room 9-255

Regular Class hours (subject to change): Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Rm 9-255)
Lab (subject to change): Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Rm 9-255)
Limited Enrollment: 10 students
Field trip: Students are required to participate in the sponsored trip to Italy during the spring break (March 23-30).
Outside Suponsors/Collaborators:
   Centro Internationale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio (Palladio Center) and its museum in Vicenza, Italy
Advisory consultant: Terry Knight (Professor, MIT), Glenn Katz (Autodesk)

The theme of the 2013 Computation Design Lab is Andrea Palladio. The designs of one of the most important Renaissance architects will be rigorously examined through the new lens of the contemporary cutting-edge technology for information modeling and digital representation, and we rethink about architecture and city from the past to the future. The class visits his built fabrics in northern Italy, learn from a prominent Palladio historian, and experiment with the advanced software and hardware in collaboration with our technology sponsor. It is open to students with different backgrounds such as computation, history, architecture and urban design, as well as visual and media arts. The participants will make teams of two students, and each team will develop an exploratory project: either an analytical representation project of Palladio's methods with design speculations, or a prototype design for presenting Palladio's theory and practice on the floor of Palladio Museum and other selected sites around the city of Vicenza.

Examples of project topics:

  • Compilation of a parametric component catalogue and assembly tool development in Building Information Modeling
  • Mobile application: augmented reality tool for live on-site visualization of un-built, demolished, or incomplete buildings
  • Interactive educational tool that uses game engine and helps museum visitors to learn Palladio's designs
  • 3D stereoscopic/panoramic visualization of immersive experience in built/un-built designs
  • Digital preservation: Construction and interface design of location-based system of text,drawing, 3d form, texture, photograph, and video
  • Use of 3D sensor equipment for digitally capturing built forms on-site and fabricating detailed replicas of architecture as design documentation

The followings are tentative course information for registration purpose only. If you have already signed up on this class, please visit and log-in to the course Steller site for up-to-date schedule, assignment, topics and more.

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