Design Communication: Parametric Modelling

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Communication: Parametric Modelling

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ARCH12-115 Design Communication: Building Information Modelling

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    This subject places emphasis upon intermediate to advanced digital design techniques, building directly upon studies in Rhinoceros in Design Communication: NURBS Modelling. The visual scripting platform Grasshopper will be used as a tool for the exploration of computational and parametric techniques in architectural design. This subject explores in some depth the area of digital fabrication and its synergies with computational design, whereby students will be introduced to a variety of equipment in the Advanced Fabrication and Robotics Laboratory, including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, and industrial robots. Students will complete small projects focusing on one or more of these fabrication technologies, progressively building into a comprehensive design and fabrication project.
    Learning Objectives
    1. To develop a facility with a 2D/3D software, and to develop a facility with climatic/light, structural, comfort and weather modeling software.
    2. To demonstrate a developed ability with modeling, rendering, and texturing.
    3. Ability to use design software effectively for representation of architectural ideas.
    4. Ability to use design software effectively for exploration of architectural space.
    5. Develop understanding of key presentation techniques and methods.
    6. Develop an awareness of significant precedents in the evolution of architecture as a discipline based in analog representation techniques to one that is digitally enhanced.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.