Faculty: Maulik Oza | Neel Jain

TA: Abhishek Sondarva

Materiality in Computational Design

In the rapidly evolving realm of computational design, a thorough understanding of materials is crucial. This studio plunges into the essence of materiality, with a keen focus on ceramics, bridging theoretical principles with handson practice seamlessly. Students were adeptly familiarized with essential digital and analogue tools such as CNC machining and traditional moulding, fostering a well-rounded approach to material manipulation. Through a blend of in studio work, hands-on modelmaking, and industry visits, students honed their ability to select apt fabrication methods for varying design challenges, nurturing a design ethos centred on performance and optimization. A significant highlight of this course was the creation of full-scale functional prototypes and mock-ups, epitomizing the practical application of learned principles. As the studio unfolded, students not only grasped the profound essence of ceramics in computational design but also build a solid foundation for extending this expertise to other materials. This studio, thus, emerged as a cornerstone, paving the way for more complex design and fabrication explorations in subsequent semesters.

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Studio Unit

Characteristic forms: Evolving from sketches through clay to digital geometries

Rule-based aggregations: Design tailored to context needs

Hands-on learning: Iterative refinement of design and fabrication

Fabrication mastery: In-depth tuning of diverse techniques

Final projects: Merging tradition with modern innovation