Arch/Inarch: Nodes & Networks

School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects

Faculty: Bo Rodda and Robb Drinkwater


Integrated Technical Practice course covers design-build in the community, electronic data sensing, networked microcontroller hardware, parametric programming, and electrical power and lighting. Course Goals and Objectives 1) Basic knowledge in electronics, electricity, light and lighting systems and embedded control. 2) Ability to design functional sensing, connectivity, embedded control, and actuation networks in buildings and sites. 3) Ability to analyze and represent human situations, and make working prototypes of built systems that respond to them, engendering effective decisions about strategies and systems during predesign. Specific skills include 3d modeling and data collection through the parametric applications and microcontroller systems, and familiarity with open source big data in Chicago. 4) Learn and use leadership strategies and collaborative working strategies while building and delivering a project of real utility for an external client