The spring 3D Topic Studio will draw on the America's Cup sailing competition slated for the fall of 2013 as a point of inspiration (or provocation). Possible topic areas could be wind powered mobility, micrometeorology, land and water convergence, "extreme" sport, etc... All site specific to the San Francisco Bay. Work will track according to independently defined exploration areas, with reviews and milestones coordinated as a class. The Studio will move through three contiguous phases of work, exploration/research, definition/validation and refinement/execution. Students will learn 3D modeling tools, how to move from digital information to physical output, prototyping techniques, how to collaborate with people from relevant disciplines and translate design strategies into tangible, realized concepts. Outside critics will be introduced as appropriate to the subject.