Drawing: Digital Modeling
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 3506
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Urban Design
  • Video
  • Drawing
This is a topical course that mixes analysis of urban design with the powerful techniques of digital modeling, using the text Digital Modeling for Urban Design by Brian McGrath. The goal of the course is to develop three dimensional communication techniques accessible to a wide audience of anyone involved in the complex decision-making processes involved in shaping the urban environment. This course brings together urban design theory and new digital technologies in urban information mapping, modeling, digital video and 3-d simulation, as a way of understanding and communicating how cities transform and differentiate over time. A model is a succinct explanation of the inner workings of previously confusing phenomenon and produces new urban knowledge, the visualization of which creates a mental structure, a collective philosophical and psychological construction shared by city inhabitants. Digital modeling is therefore the basis for the creation of new forms of networked knowledge of the relations between human-built and natural systems on micro and macro scales. The exercises of this course combine historical and abstract knowledge with the ‘ground truth’ of empirical experience in order to frame a public discussion about the future of an area of the city.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.


Open to Undergraduate students.