Rethinking BIM is a two part visual studies course at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation at Columbia University.
SESSION A: ReThinking BIM A4715
Professor: Mark T Green
TA: Ryan Lovett
What is the place of BIM in architecture? Is it only meant for production, or can architectural design benefit from the real time feedback available from Building Information Models. BIM can, and will change the profession, this generation is responsible for how that will be. Not having to deal with professional demands, students will be able to explore BIM strategies which in the work place are not possible. These virtual buildings are requiring that architects be much more aware of all aspects of design.
The intention of this work shop will be to develop a thorough understanding of BIM, most importantly how can we intervene in the process to not let it be strictly about efficiency. How is the time gained from these tools re-appropriated? How can the concepts of parametric modeling infiltrate the design process? Using software that forces rigor can we learn from it and re-apply those logics to other aspects of what we do? Students will use Autodesk Revit, to create a parametric architectural system with embedded variability. A direct relationship with Autodesk has been established which allow for an exchange with the software developer.
Thursdays 5-7 pm, 115 Avery
Tutorial Sessions
Tuesdays, TBA in 202 Fayerweather

WEEK 1- Intro – Hosting/Constraints – TUTORIAL 1 Assigned
– 6 September
WEEK 2 – Parameters and Components – 13 September
WEEK 3 – Massing – 20 September
WEEK 4 – Irregular Grids – 27 September
WEEK 5 – Individual Group Sessions
*progress submission – Must present in class and submit on http://www.rethinkingbim.wordpress.com -4 October
WEEK 6 – Schedules and Documenting – 11 October

WEEK 7- Final Project Date TBA

SESSION B: Integrated Parametric Delivery

Professor: Mark T Green

TA: Ryan Lovett


Emerging technologies in design have a time and a place to be implemented. Too often the tool controls the design. When utilized effectively, advanced parametric design methodologies will facilitate numerous iterations, enabling a more resolved final product in a time restricted setting.
Designers often favor one design tool over another, mainly out of familiarity. This workshop will insist on interoperability between various platforms, magnifying the strengths of each tool. We will investigate the process of integrating multiple parametric tools simultaneously into a single architectural project.

Quickly becoming the industry standard for BIM, Revit will be presented as the primary tool for hosting geometry. However, most form generation and parametric control will be driven by Rhino and Grasshopper.
We will also be implementing Tsplines into the process, as we have been granted an extended trial period specifically for this class. Both Revit and Rhino will be presented and utilized simultaneously to integrate multiple design platforms into the process parametrically.


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