40 405 Integrated and Assosiative Computational Designing Architecture


Working knowledge in Rhino.
NOTE: The course is only open to studentes on the RCAT /ACDL studio course

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

Working skills in computation drawing and visulaization

Course content

The elective course will be on associative modelling in Rhino / Grasshopper / structural analysis by Karamba, virtual reality and Arduino based technology. The course is only open to students of the RCAT / ACDL studio course.
The teaching will be based on a design project that acts as a vehicle for learning methods, tools and skills.
The associative modelling component introduces beginners to associative design and those that already know Grasshopper to a series of generative tools within the software.
Students will be introduced to augmented and virtual reality visualization and the making of data-collection setups in Arduino.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will have gained knowledge in associative modeling and virtual reality visualization and working within the Arduino environment.
The student will have skills in data driven computational design processes that integrate associative modelling, advanced visualization and data collection.
General competence:
After passed course the student will have knowledge and skills related to the studio course.

Working and learning activities

1. Lectures and workshops on selected topics regarding computational design.
2. Tutorials on an individual and group basis concerning skill building
3. Workshop sessions that introduce specific themes and skills
Note: All instructions are based on active participation by the students and 90 % attendance.

Professor in charge

Søren S. Sørensen, Michel U. Hensel

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Workshops Ja

90 % attendance


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosjektoppgave 3 week(s) Pass / Fail

Individual or group work

Reading lists / teaching materials



Ayres, P. ed. (2012) Persistent Modelling. London: Routledge.

Frazer, J. (1995) An Evolutionary Architecture. London : AA Publications. PDF Online: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/publications/ea/intro.html

Kolarevic, B. Ed. (2003) Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing. London. Taylor and Francis.

Kolarevic, B. and Malkavi, A. Eds. (2005) Performative Architecture – Beyond Instrumentality. London: Spon Press.

Kolarevic, B. and Klinger, K. Eds. (2008) Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture. London: Routledge.


Additional litterature wil be introduced during the course on individual basis

Online resources:

Grasshopper :