Academic Catalog

ARCH333 MATHEMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE

Course Code: 1200333
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 4.0
Department: Architecture
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. ARZU SORGU
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Content

It is aimed to make explicit the relation between architecture and mathematics, thus the role of mathematics is emphasized, with the new age of informatics and so called algorithmic thinking then computation in design questioned in the architectural design.
The concepts of sets and then functions-relations are used in throughout the course in order to establish a base for further discussions on mathematical modeling, parametric modeling and computation modeling etc in relation with algorithmic thinking and design computation.
Following this, first issues related to form geometry and structural stability/materials are re-experienced by forcing students to perceive the design problem as a whole from the very beginning and instead of designing the final product, they are expected to design the process. Isometries, similarities, linear and non linear-systems, fractals etc. are some of the mathematical tools used in this inquiry.
Finally, thinking and designing in n-dimensional space, mapping from one domain to another is studied in relation with mathematics and information technologies.