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ARK440 - Design and communication tools
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-10 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Written and oral assignments 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c    
0211 Laboratory 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualification for the master programme


This seminar targets technologies as media – as the locus of a design process and as a form of communication. It furthers principles of digital modeling, drawing and fabrication that are fundamental in the conception and representation of architecture. By working with a limited design task across multiple media, students learn how to devise drawings as both technical artifacts for digital fabrication and as representations for architectural purposes. Emphasis is on how concepts and qualities are developed through translations between media (analogue-digital, drawing-model, or similar). Conventional modes of drawings like plan, section and elevation are complemented with more refined types that selectively highlight geometry, sensory qualities and/or fabrication processes. Specific types of models and mock-ups are similarly probed for specific purposes in relation to their fabrication process and material specifics.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate an understanding of digital design and fabrication techniques as architectural design media.
Critically assess the inherent bias and value-laden nature of each design medium.
Relate the work in the course to a contemporary discourse around the relationship between representation, geometry and processes of materialization.

Abilities and skills
Demonstrate ability to use shifts in design media (i.e. between digital geometry, orthographic drawing and analogue model / machined model) in order to inform their design process.
Use the above in order to develop a design project.
Communicate their designs through various modes of representation, including, but not limited to, orthographic drawings, analytical drawings, images, machined models or mock-ups and analogue models.
Appropriately devise refined types of representation to highlight specific conceptual issues and/or sensory qualities.

Ability of assessment and attitude
Promote the value (and joy!) of refined means of representation in the conception and communication of architecture.
Instill the importance of representation as part of a larger discourse on architecture.


This seminar introduces students to the use of advanced means of representation as an integrated part of the conception and materialization of architecture. The work in the seminar is initially developed through technique studies within a specific range of design media and will continue with a design project of limited scope. The design project is formulated so that it targets a current issue or debate in architectural discourse. The first half of the seminar focuses on developing a relation between digital geometry (e.g. Rhino and/or Maya), drawings and analogue modeling / fabrication (e.g. laser cutting, 3D-printing, or similar) and basic design criteria from the design task, while the second half introduces the design brief.


The brief is introduced in an introductory lecture. The seminar is structured around weekly pin-ups, tutorials and software and fabrication demonstrations. Working in teams of 3-4 people, students will develop their own team-specific techniques and design agenda in relation to the course brief.


To be announced in each course brief


Student projects will be presented verbally according to requirements (e.g. drawings, models, text) outlined in the brief and assessed in a final review with invited guests. Each student project is further reviewed after submission. Attendance / participation in lectures, pin-ups, demos and visits is required in order to pass the course.

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