1. Anne Leonhardt
  2. Associate Professor
  4. CUNY
  1. Satyanand Singh
  2. Associate Professor
  4. CUNY

The Cultural History of Digital Technologies


2019 (see original presentation & discussion)



How to produce engineering and architecture students that solidly learn the technologies they study, and are ready to both adapt to future changes in their fields and take on challenging problems? The resulting teaching extends well beyond the processes-based learning typical to technology studies, and hones in on the cultural history and on particularly tough concepts behind these technologies - in the three areas of robotics, geographic information, and digital fabrication focused on by this grant.

This initiative also aims at making visible the mathematics behind topological form as used in architectural design and engineering. These computational processes are typically based off of mathematical concepts and functions. Harnessing the power of a program like Mandelbulb 3D and Mathematica, for teaching parametric design, this project lays bare the elements behind these processes to better understand the mathematics -- by showing both the formulas and a 3D visualization of the form being designed. This system also lends itself to 3D printing of form as well, helping to engage students understanding through an additional visualization of the  form of the 3D object -- one that they can touch and physically examine. 

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