The course is a new addition to the TUT architecture curricula, but even this very first implementation displays promising results through these inspirational student works. The goal of the Digital Design in Sustainable Urbanism course was to introduce students into the new world of possibilities in digital design; especially in the shift in thinking design through the use of algorithmic processes and parametric modeling. The task of learning a new parametric design software, within this tight schedule, is no simple task when you combine it with the requirements of testing and analyzing the influence that different design parameters have in the urban design.
The course demonstrated different analysis and design methods in urban scale and encouraged students to explore the design Introduction potential of them. The methods were selected to form a broad scale of analysis and design processes that could be beneficial in urban scale design development. Each week represented a new set of methods and challenges for the students to absorb.
The design explorations presented in this book, represent the student’s answers to these different tasks presented to them. Through their work, they demonstrate vast potential and great assimilation of knowledge within this tight schedule.
Courses like these are always a possibility for me to be inspired and also learn from the students. The great interaction with the students challenged me to explore the boundaries of my own knowledge and seek new methods in solving the questions they presented. To me, that is the ideal situation and a thriving force in education in general.
Special thanks to professor Panu Lehtovuori,
Jenni Partanen and Elena De Lisio for their support and guidance.