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Design across Scales

MAS.650 / 4.110J / M
All levels. HASS A, H-LEVEL Grad Credit
Every Spring
Prereq: Permission of instructor

Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ canonical Powers of Ten, the course explores the relationship between science and engineering through the lens of Design. It examines how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking, and vice versa. It offers interdisciplinary tools and methods to represent, model, design and fabricate objects, machines, and systems. Structured as core lectures and lab sessions, the course is organize by "systems": Designing Data, Designing Materiality, Designing Life and Designing Nature. World-renowned designers, scientists and engineers will contribute with guest lectures. Within a workshop setting, we will design things - material and immaterial; we will learn new computational and fabrication tools along the way; we will develop methodologies for design research of interdisciplinary problems; we will practice what it means to think, live, and breathe Design.

2016 Design across Scales and Disciplines Syllabus

J. Meejin Yoon and N. Oxman

Teaching Assistants & Instructors
Jessica Jorge
Nicolo Guida
Scott Penman

Additional Teaching Instructors
Mediated Matter Group 

Related MIT News, April 29th, 2014:
Design across Scales: Multimedia class creates new paradigm for design education

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