The course focuses on acquiring the necessary skills to model, analyze and produce topographic models in the design process. Both analog and digital techniques are used ranging from intuitive sand modeling to precise digital analysis. Starting with sand modeling, students learn how to capture these models in 3D and continue their topographic model digitally. Computer modeling techniques are then used to output their models on the various CNC machines available. Various other potentialities for topographical modeling are also explored for example showing the design process over time. The end result is the integration of modeling in the landscape design process, not just for final presentations but as a dynamic modeling, verification and rapid prototyping tool.
Instructor Ilmar Hurkxkens