Design Decoder


An initial software prototype capable of automating the process of decoding a commonly used parametric design data (PDD) file format and then re-encoding it with new set of metrics to facilitate multiple PDD searchability, comparability and interoperability, via an integrated web interface querying a design data repository. All PDDs are conceptualized as genealogies of numerical (…)

Singapore Studio 02


This Spring 2017 we are holding our second Singapore Studio and asking our students to propose innovation prototypologies- architectures that cater to the creative class. Our site, as in the previous semester, is the innovation district of Changi Business Park, anchored by the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Designing for innovation requires (…)

Markov Spaces


Creating two-dimensional tile maps by hand is a long and tedious process. Tile maps contain an inherent structure and repetition that we should be able to exploit. We provide a way of generating these maps automatically using machine learning techniques. With these set of tools level designers will be able to create worlds that are (…)

Personal Interaction Studio 2016


The Future of Maps I (Experience Design) served as the 2016 theme for the Personal Interaction Studio (CS-489). The map itself has emerged as one of the most ubiquitous interactive objects of our digital mobile age. It plays a significant role in our contemporary understanding of information (abstract data and physical spaces). This term, the (…)

Lecture: Frven Lim, Singapore


Guest lecture by the distinguished Singaporean architect Frven Lim on October 24. Frven presented some of his recent work in Singapore, and reviewed current student projects. In a sort of crash-course on Singaporean urbanism. Frven introduced us to the architectural implications of the equatorial climate, as well as crucial planning and juridical constraints on urban (…)

Workshop: Aesthetics of Data


For the last two days we have been very lucky to have the landscape architect Liam Mouritz leading our students in a workshop entitled, ‘Aesthetics of Data.’ Combining algorithmic technique with state-of-the-art datasets Liam has worked with our students to create critically-articulate, and visually-persuasive cartographies of the Changi airport area in Singapore. Liam Mouritz practices (…)

Trends & Networks


This project explores the dynamics of a design-domain specific and tool-based social network (i.e. Grasshopper3D), which is characterized by a highly technical and task-driven perspective. It demonstrates that the increasingly interwoven relationship between designers and their digital tools can be quantitatively analyzed as a graph-based dataset in gaining insights on the changing landscape of architectural (…)