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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 4.638 (Fall 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • Drawings & Numbers: Five Centuries of Digital Design 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Architecture 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Mario Carpo

    TA:
    Leonardo Diaz Borioli
     
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 4.638 Drawings & Numbers: Five Centuries of Digital Design



    Fall 2002




    Course Highlights


    This course features student transcriptions of all the lectures from the class in the lecture notes section, and a diverse bibliography of materials on the subject in the readings section.


    Course Description


    The aim of this course is to highlight some technical aspects of the classical tradition in architecture that have so far received only sporadic attention. It is well known that quantification has always been an essential component of classical design: proportional systems in particular have been keenly investigated. But the actual technical tools whereby quantitative precision was conceived, represented, transmitted, and implemented in pre-modern architecture remain mostly unexplored. By showing that a dialectical relationship between architectural theory and data-processing technologies was as crucial in the past as it is today, this course hopes to promote a more historically aware understanding of the current computer-induced transformations in architectural design.
     

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