Welcome to the course DIA BIM, as part of CAD/logic didactical offer. 

This course is about the digital revolution and its power to disrupt architecture as a process, as well as a product. Drawings have always been the main carrier to exchange information in architecture: we built what we could draw. As the digital revolution began (4th quarter XXth cent.), architects started to use computers to aid the design process, to produce drawings and 3D visualizations. This was the CAD era. The Moore's Law affirms: the power of computers doubles every 18 months (though the cost of computers is halved). With the tremendous amount of power available today, architects model the reality to build, instead of drawing it. Geometrical 3D-Models merge today with information, for example: instead of drawing two lines to represent a wall in a plan, we directly model an object which we call a wall, it´s in 3D, it appears in all our plans, and we how much it weights and how much it costs. This object-oriented approach defines the BIM methodology, which this course enforces and explains.

DIABIM philosophy is centered on as designing as one team. A Masterplan area within Dessau will be inherited by the whole class, with students divided into pairs. The team will propose and develop an upgrade of the existing urban tissue within a set of rules that deals with the actual development plan for the area. As successfully tested las year, the course is going to use Virtual Reality to provide collective design reviews and immerse team members in their proposal.

The course experience is 33% theoretical and 67% practical. Bi-weekly Theory classes provide the disciplinary and professional background to understand BIM, the state-of-the-art methodology for information exchange in architecture. It means: architect´s way to design, model, build and work together with other professionals. In-between, bi-weekly Hands-on sessions are meant to live experiment with an all-around workflow in BIM. Pivoting around Revit®, the course shows how to integrate parametric design with Rhino.Inside®.Revit as well as rendering and virtual reality with Enscape®. Check out last editions in our website: Because it´s logic, to move away from CAD.

After each Theory, a Forms is distributed: attendees shall answer and submit it in the next Theory class in two weeks. For the Hands-on part, the attendees works in pair and are part of two teams that will model the same area as one team. Submitting all forms is sufficient to pass this course with a 4.00 . Submitting also all exercises rewards a grade up to 2.00 .To get top Marks, a final submission is required - which refines the hands-on design exercise into a presentation level.

This course is brought to you by Marco Mondello. Marco (1988) is an Italian architect, having practiced in Argentina and Germany besides Italia. He graduated 2013 in Roma 3 University, after being tutor of Parametric Design Studio from 2009 on. He co-founded GNOMONE, an award-winning architectural workshop based in Roma (1st Prize Europan14 – among others) and since 2022 works as Teamleiter BIM at CKSA - Christoph Kohl Stadtplanern Architekten.