Approaching Convergence is a Visual Studies course at at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation taught by Biayna Bogosian and Maider Llaguno-Munitxa since Spring 2011.

Overview: With the advent of ubiquitous computing, sensor networking and information processing technologies, our cities are becoming open-air computers, generating unprecedented quantities of data related to ourselves and the environment. Prevalent integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographic Positioning System (GPS) with sensing and simulation technologies, allows today for high-resolution and accurate environmental documentation. However, given the complexity of these data, traditional scientific representation and analysis methods such as, scatter plots or bar graphs, or conventional architectural diagraming techniques such as, vector path drawings, prove often insufficient for both the design and scientific communities. So, how can we begin to define alternative environmental data visualization and design integration strategies for architectural projects?

This course introduces the theoretical and technical framework for the generation of design oriented environmental spatio-temporal data acquisition, analysis and visualization strategies applicable to various architectural and neighborhood scale projects. Our students will be introduced to the state-of-the-art environmental sensing kits for building and neighborhood scale data acquisition. The collected data will be then visualized and analyzed through different techniques and in multiple scales in order to evaluate and discover novel architectural representation workflows.

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