As part of the Center for Experimental Structures (CES), the Morphology Minor leverages the long history of interest in form studies with a focus on exploring the relationship between Form and Space (geometry, topology), Form and Force (structural morphology), Form and Time (dynamic morphology) enabled by computation, fabrication, construction, and emerging technologies. Within this overview, different course offerings focus on any combination of these topics.
Since D'Arcy Thompson's pioneering work a century ago, the generative principles of Form have become central to our understanding of the diverse structures we encounter in nature and man-made constructs, phsyical and even conceptual.
The Center for Experimental Structures was founded in 1978 and continues today to bridge the gap between advanced and emerging techonologies of building with the making and shaping of architectural structures based on the fundamental principles of design in nature and beyond. The Center focuses on original research by faculty in this area group. Its activities include: computer modeling and visualization using generative morphologies, construction, and testing of scaled mockups of "new" experimental structures like hydronics environments, various lightweight structures, transformational and adaptable structures for architecture, material exploration, and linking morphology with manufacturing. Many of the structures constructed within the Morphology Laboratories of the Center are the first of their kind in the world. Ongoing projects by the principal faculty include visual mathematics, origins or order, architectural genomics, and hyperspace architecture.
Minor Faculty Coordinator:
Co-Director of Center for Experimental Structures
Professor of Undergraduate Architecture
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