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Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Department of Design | Media Arts UCLA
Winter quarter 2009
Desma 22: FORM

Course meetings: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 AM-11:50 AM, Room 5240
Instructor: Silvia Rigon
Office hours: On appointment. Room 5240
Teaching Assistant: Yoon Chung Han

Course Description
This class is a hands-on foundation studio exploring form design and making. In this class, form is intended as a tangible construct of a chosen process. The course is designed to help students develop a sensorial vocabulary of material properties and potentialities, to animate two-dimensional shapes into three dimensional objects, and to learn and investigate different techniques of fabrication.

As designers and innovators, we interact with the dynamics of our culture, searching for the formal language that most meaningfully refl ect our collective consciousness. This class is intended to challenge historical ideas about form design as a top-down, concept-to-material approach, in which Euclidean space and preconceived volumetric geometry play a dominant role. We will apply a bottom-up, process-to-material approach, exploring a more complex geometric realm, discovering how forms can be designed and fabricated taking into account the interplay of different factors involved in the process.

Topics of this class include: surfaces, patterns, tessellation, repetition, folds, cuts, morph, animation, growth,scalable structures, multiples, soft, rigid, sensorial, bending, digital, crafted, organic, biomimicry, biomorphic, prototyping, casting, molding, finishing, documenting.

Course Guidelines

Students are expected to work in class and outside class. Allow a minimum of 6 hours of work outside class. More than 1 absence without the teacher’s permission will have a negative effect on the overall grade. Students are expected to maintain an updated documentation of the different steps of the work-in-progress in the class website, as well as to provide a printed copy of such documentation for class’ critiques. Students are responsible for purchasing their own materials and tools. Tools and material belonging to the class will have to be maintained in clean and good working condition. Students are asked to clean the room in the last 15 minutes of the class.

The student work will be graded on the overall quality of design, execution and detailing, investigation process, class participation and documentation.

20% Exercise one: Cutting and Folding
20% Exercise two: Knitting Felting Sewing
20% Exercise three: Animating Forms
20% Exercise four: To be announced
20% Documentation and Class participation

Week one
Monday January 5
Introduction, presentation of the course,
1st assignment: Cutting and Folding
Wednesday, January 7
Individual critique, in class working

Week two
Monday January 12
Individual critique, in class working
Wednesday January 14
Individual critique, in class working

Week three
Monday January 19
Holiday: No Class
Wednesday January 21
group critique, in class working
2nd assignment: Knitting Felting Sewing

Week four
Monday January 26
Individual critique, in class working,
Wednesday January 28
Individual critique, in class working

Week five
Monday February 2
1st and 2nd assignment due: Class critique
Wednesday February 4
3rd assignment: Animating Forms

Week six
Monday February 9
Individual critique, in class working
Wednesday February 11
Individual critique, in class working

Week seven
Monday February 16
Holiday: No Class
Wednesday February 18
Class critique

Week eight
Monday February 23
4th Assignment: To be announced
Wednesday February 25
Individual critique, in class working

Week nine
Monday March 2
Individual critique, in class working
Wednesday March 4
Individual critique, in class working

Week ten
Monday March 9
3rd and 4th assignments due: Final Critique
Wednesday March 11
Class exhibition set up