In its definition pushed back towards its Greek origins, Aesthetics refers to all theories investigating the human sensorium. This course takes its cue from the moiré effect, seeking to explore the “interference” between the tectonic, the geometric, and the aesthetic in architectural design and fabrication. At stake is a revaluation of the ideas of craft, traditionally associated with handwork and material specificity in a vernacular tradition, but in a digital realm, seen as a relation between geometric techniques, physical manifestations, and aesthetic desires.
This semester develops its investigations around full scale digitally fabricated objects. The given theme was a vessel or vase that contains an organic system of growth. “Vessels of Life” or otherwise called, “Flower Pots.” Each team of two students developed their prototypes through three phases. The first focused on controlling the loss and gain of edge in surface curvature. The second phase focused on tiling patterns and questions of continuity through a discontinuous assembly. The third and final issue was an investigation of feedback in aggregate systems.