Yale School of Architecture, Digital Media Facilities
Digital media and integrated information systems are an integral part of the School’s curriculum. The School provides students with a high-quality and robust information infrastructure, including server space for each student and for individual classes and studios. The School has its own proprietary digital media facilities that consist of a centralized server-pool for high-quality distributed information systems, two advanced computer labs, an imaging and scanning lab, and dedicated printing rooms and plotting clusters outfitted with large-format plotters located throughout the School. All students are provided with a high-end computer workstation, preloaded with a wide array of architectural software and integrated design tools, and two LCD monitors. The School also provides facilities and resources for students’ design, research, computational, communication, and fabrication needs. In addition, wireless access points are located throughout the studios and classrooms to allow students, if they desire, to supplement their school-supplied computer with their own laptop. The School provides large mobile LCD screens with workstations located in the review spaces. Available for checkout at no cost are digital cameras, drawing tablets, and camcorders. In addition, the School operates a large number of large-format plotters and 3-D printers as well as a dedicated render farm. Students at the School also have access to the Digital Media Center for the Arts (DMCA) at 149 York Street, a multimedia facility that was created to explore new areas of education and cross-disciplinary interaction that result when traditional art collides with the computer age.