DM: Performative Ornament

The advent of computational design and digital fabrication has helped to revitalizeornament as a prime site for architectural research and innovation. This course will explore new strategies of contemporary ornamentation, particularly in the context of emerging digital technologies of design and fabrication. Emphasis will be placed on exploring potential overlaps between ornamental systems and logics of performance-driven design. How can material assemblies produce innovative visual effects while also addressing specific performance criteria? What kinds of new aesthetic, figural, representational, expressive, and spatial qualities can emerge from such a synthetic approach? Students in the course will formulate their own critical agendas vis-a-visornament through historical precedent studies, readings and seminar discussions, intensive material experimentation, and full-scale fabrication of speculative wall prototypes.