DM: Slip Scale

Slip Scale: Beyond the Powers of 10. Massive physical changes at a global scale have forced a realization of the connected nature of the micro and the macro, demanding that designers today continually operate across multiple scales. Technology has offered opportunities at the level of the molecular, allowing us to invent viable new materials, to the infrastructural, permitting us to contend with mass movements of people, materials, and environmental forces. While the role of the architect has always been one of sliding between and connecting radically diverse scales of information, the current crisis and the new ease of virtually scalable space, demand a clear formulation of both strategies and tactics. This course will examine the role of scale in design, searching for connections and repeating patterns in the movement between the molecular, biological, tectonic, urban, regional, atmospheric, and the metageographical. Using parametric modeling software, we will connect information ranging from molecular behaviors manifest at the material level to more GIS-based data. We will identify the operative force regimes (ie. gravity vs. fluid dynamics) at play at any particular scale that allow us as designers to assess the relevance of the figural and consolidated versus the dispersed and field-based. Through map-based diagrams and physical models and prints, these research & design projects will ultimately explore the potential of the scale-less or scale-able space of the virtual to impact the intimate materiality of the physical world.