Thursday, October 22, 2020

DLA 2021 | May 26-28 @ Bauhaus Dessau | CALL FOR PAPERS

May 26–28, 2021
Bauhaus Dessau, Germany

The 22nd annual International Conference on Information Technology in Landscape Architecture, Digital Landscape Architecture DLA 2021, will be held at the Dessau Campus of Anhalt University, Germany. You are invited to contribute to this conference on all aspects of technologies in landscape architecture. 

You can submit an abstract for a scientific paper. Accepted abstracts will be invited to be submitted as a full paper for a second fully blind peer review. Accepted papers will be published as fully blind peer-reviewed papers in Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture 6-2021 by Wichmann, Berlin Offenbach:


The theme of this year’s conference and workshops is Resilient Landscape Architecture and Global Change. 
Abstracts can be submitted in the following categories: Resilient Landscape, Global Change and Hazard Response/ Landscape and Building Information Modeling (LIM + BIM)/
Other Standardization in Digital Landscape Architecture/ Geodesign Approaches, Technologies, and Case Studies/ Socio-political Responses of Digital Landscape Architecture/ UAV Imagery and Remote Sensing in Landscape Architecture/ Mobile Devices, Internet-of-Things, and‘Smart’ Systems in Landscape Architecture/ Algorithmic Design and Analysis Landscapes 9. Visualization, Animation and Mixed Reality Landscapes (VR, AR)/ Digital Fabrication in Landscape Architecture/ and Teaching Digital Landscape Architecture/ Digital Landscape Architecture in Practice.

Important dates for the review process are:
Abstracts due: November 15, 2020
Notification of acceptance: December 10, 2020
Full manuscript draft due: January 10, 2020
Revised manuscript due: February15, 2021

Submission guidelines and detailed information...

Get Started | Enscape with Rhino

Real-time rendering is now at your fingertips! 

Get started with Enscape for Rhino and watch this short guide to help you integrate it into your workflow!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

New plugin: GL Studio from General Lattice

Augmenting native Rhino functionality, General Lattice Studio expands user capabilities by democratizing the lattice design process providing powerful, intuitive latticing tools. Using 100% native CAD data (B-reps) GL Studio works inside Rhino and enables users to seamlessly integrate advanced lattice geometries into larger part files or assemblies with the ability to execute traditional downstream features.

The featured latticed car seat concept highlights the powerful workflow of pairing General Lattice Studio with Rhino’s SubD toolkit. Through a completely integrated experience, users can design, iterate and render concepts without file conversion or any import/export processes.

User manual, download and demo videos available here.

GL Studio (Beta) Objectives:

  • Generate solid lattice bodies (BREP) that can be manipulated within Rhino
  • Optimize workflow by enabling rapid iteration and exploration of multiple structures within the same design space
  • Remove the pains of mesh errors and repairs by creating ready-to-print files from solid bodies
  • Go directly from GL Studio to your slicer, by-passing the need for import/export to expensive mesh repair software

Did you miss the GL Studio webinar with food4Rhino? Watch it here!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Food4Rhino webinar series: Panther - Thursday October 22 at 5 PM CEST


Panther specializes in technology for computer based jewelry design and development of interactive 3D tools for jewelry creation. In the jewelry world, we are the first Rhino & Grasshopper Plugin to fulfil your ultimate design needs in just a few clicks.

Speakers: Pedro Loureiro and Enric del Molino have been working together with Rhinos over many years. On a trip to Serengueti to study Rhinos growing, they found a Panther Cub with red eyes like Rubies and shining Gold claws. Since then, they have been raising the Panther along with their new friends, a Grasshopper and 7 Rhinos doing Jewelry for all the Savannah! Now they Roar with Panther.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Urban Dunes project

Urban Dunes is a project that envisions a solution to reduce the heat island effect for an extreme climate such as Abu Dhabi’s, where the harsh conditions felt across significant months of the year reduce the feasibility of normal external activities. 

The Italian design firm Barberio Colella Architetti, with architect Angelo Figliola, has designed a 3D printed structure using Rhino and GrasshopperThe structure embeds architectural elements from Abu Dhabi's and Emirates’ traditional architecture, such as elegant vaulted spaces, vernacular shading devices (mashrabiyya), and cold-water basins and waterfalls. The vault is composed of several stereotomic blocks made of desert sand made solid by using the binder jetting technology. The vault permits to avoid the overheating of the urban space thanks to the shell's high thermal mass. 

The project has won the honorary mention at the Cool Abu Dhabi Challenge

Congratulations to the whole team!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Desktop vs. cloud computation time explained

What happens behind the scenes when you interact with a Grasshopper model on ShapeDiver? What’s the difference versus doing the same on your desktop? 

When working with parametric models, many users expect the same swift interaction from ShapeDiver as they experience in Rhino on their desktops. While this is completely understandable, there are many additional steps between the initial parameter change and the final delivery of the solution to your browser.

ShapeDiver's latest article explains in detail each of these steps and provides some insights on their strategies to improve the response times of your ShapeDiver models.

Read the complete article here...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

11th Hour Racing Team designs innovative boat for The Ocean Race


Rhino user Guillaume Verdier is designing a new IMOCA 60. Guillaume is one of yacht racing’s most prolific designers with America’s Cup winners and Ultime record-breakers. And he was involved in the design of four of the last five Vendée Globe winners. How's that for credentials?

Get the details...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Daylight Simulation and Optimization online workshop by Adrian Krezlik and Rafael Campamà Pizarro, November 9-11

Daylight Simulation and Optimization 
online workshop
November 9–11, 2020
10 AM–5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe 

McNeel Europe presents Adrian Krezlik, PhD ‌candidate‌ ‌at‌ ‌‌the Center‌ ‌for‌ ‌Studies‌ ‌in‌ ‌Architecture‌ ‌and‌ ‌Urbanism‌, University‌ ‌of‌ ‌Porto, and Rafael Campamà Pizarro, PhD candidate‌ in the field of Energy and Building Design at the Architecture and Built Environment department of Lund University, for a 3-day online course about daylight simulation and optimization using Grasshopper, Honeybee and Ladybug.

The goal of the training is to teach architects and engineers the principal concepts of contemporary daylight techniques. The course covers multiple topics ranging from Climate Based Daylight Modelling to Circadian Rhythm. The participants will learn how to simulate daylight autonomy, glare, daylight factor, and other key concepts of the most popular sustainable certificates, such as LEED, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge or WELL. Further, the training introduces how the circadian rhythm can be used in design to foster human well-being and energy efficiency in building design. During the training, participants will elaborate on parametric models to test the mentioned concepts based on specific case studies.

Day 1
  • Introduction to Daylight in Architecture.
  • Daylight performance demands in European norms and most popular certificates: LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, Living Building Challenge, and WELL. 
  • Daylight physics, sun position, radiation rose, local daylight conditions. 
  • Exercise 1: Sunlight hours on the façade. Introduction to daylight modeling in Grasshopper, Honeybee and Ladybug. 
  • Exercise 2: Designing to meet LEED daylight requirements. Daylight autonomy.

Day 2
  • Optimization: Introduction. 
  • Exercise 3: Single objective optimization to enhance daylight conditions. 
  • Exercise 4: Designing to meet BREEAM daylight requirements. Daylight factor. 
  • Exercise 5: Annual sunlight exposure.
  • Exercise 6: Useful daylight illuminance.
Day 3
  • Exercise 7: View-out factor. 
  • Exercise 8: Daylight Glare probability simulation. 
  • Multi-objective optimization. 
  • Introduction to circadian rhythm and alertness. 
  • Exercise 9: ALFA for Rhinoceros. Designing for WELL certification. 
  • Living building challenge and daylight.
Course requirements: Basic knowledge using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Online course fees: EUR 397,50- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). After payment has cleared, your seat will be confirmed.

Max. number of participants for each course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled October 25.

Course language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe!

From 2D to 3D: An Intro to Lands Design - October 23 at 11 am BST

Join Asuni for an introduction to Lands Design modeling tools, on October 23 at 11 am BST.

During this webinar session, uncover:
  • BIM advantages of the program
  • Terrain modeling and vegetation tools
  • 2D documentation tools for generating setting out plans, zoning tools and quantity take-off lists
  • Hardscape tools
  • Animation tools

Under the guidance of Asuni’s experts, learn how to develop a full landscape project - from drawing to 3D modeling and producing documentation with BIM technology.

Food4Rhino webinar series: PlanBee - Thursday October 15 at 7 PM CEST


Voxel-based floor plan analysis using PlanBee for Grasshopper.

This webinar (Thursday, October 15 at 7 PM CEST) showcases the analysis metrics we can extract from floor plans using the PlanBee plugin for Grasshopper. (The second release of PlanBee will occur one day before the workshop and will be available to download on food4Rhino). Leveraging Space Syntax concepts as well as producing custom analysis metrics, this webinar showcases how to uncover some of the qualities inherent in spatial configurations. In doing so, we can make more informed design decisions, produce feature maps, and start to place programmatic elements in a an experimental manner.

Speaker: Marco Juliani is a Design Computation Specialist at CRTKL. After five years working as an architect applying algorithmic methods to design and documentation, he completed his Masters at UCL Bartlett where he advanced his understanding of various computer science concepts and algorithms and their application to design and automation problems. Marco embeds computational processes into project work in his day-to-day work, builds custom plugins & tools, conducts software training, and engages in research and development efforts. Marco has taught and co-taught introductory Unity and C# fundamentals workshops at UCL Bartlett.

PlanBee download:

Watch it live on YouTube:

Friday, October 9, 2020

PointOneStudio: Why Rhino?


Why Rhino if you are an architect, engineer, or IT developer?  

Junghwo Park is the principal at PointOneStudio in Korea, currently working as a BIM specialist at Umdsch Group Ventures in Austria. On his YouTube channel, he talks about why architects, engineers, and IT developers should use Rhino. 

He also runs the website with his partner in Korea, working and researching on:   
  • Writing architectural design application books for parametric BIM
  • Introducing information and know-how on computational design and BIM through his blog and YouTube channel 
  • Using plugins of Rhino and Grasshopper to develop various BIM design approaches 
  • OpenBIM technical research for application 
  • BIM education and consulting in architectural design
Check out some of his video tutorials: 

Professional AEC model making course with Rhino

There's a new course available on Architectural Models: Digital File Prep with Rhino.

Get an expert's take on how professionals approach the model-building process. Instructor Olivia Morgan takes you through each step of the workflow, showing you how to use Rhino to design a digital file of a building for the physical fabrication of a scale model.

Olivia Morgan is the owner and founder of Model Space.

Olivia has had a passion for building models her whole life. At Model Space, she leverages this passion, as well as her industry expertise, to build physical and digital models for architects, contractors, engineers, designers, and inventors.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Gravity Sketch Import Plugin now available in food4rhino!

The Gravity Sketch Import Plugin allows you to import Gravity Sketch files directly into Rhino, reproducing the entire session with native-like Rhino geometry:

  • Preserve the layer structure and colors used in Gravity Sketch
  • Continue the workflow, manipulate control points and surfaces just as you would with any other Rhino file

Gravity Sketch is an intuitive 3D design platform for cross-disciplinary teams to create from the initial ideation stages of collaboration and review in an entirely new way. 

The tool has a wide variety of NURBS and SubD tools accessible in Virtual Reality with the use of motion-tracked controllers and supporting tablets (Wacom and iPad). 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Parametric design webinars in November

 LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture 

Are you interested in gaining parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn an exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

These parametric design webinars (beginner and intermediate) by Wassef Dabboussi will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. 

Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 days/16 hours. Starts November 2, 2020

Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 days/8 hours. Starts November 9, 2020

Timezone: CET / Berlin Germany Time

Language: English

Participants will be given a certificate of participation at the end of the webinar.

More information and registration...

The food4Rhino webinar series: Procedural Compute - Thursday 8th October at 5 PM CEST

Wind Comfort Simulation in the Cloud with Procedural Compute and Grasshopper
Procedural Compute is a cloud platform to use computational resources. The system is tailored for handling multiphysics simulation jobs used in the AEC industry. Procedural Compute seamlessly integrates with Grasshopper to keep the simulation workflow as efficient as possible.
In this workshop, you'll be guided through the setup of an outdoor comfort simulation, using Procedural Compute to run the CFD simulations. The workshop requires no previous knowledge about CFD and wind simulations. Using Grasshopper, You will set up a case and compute the wind comfort around a project from the Architecture Studio 3XN. The project is situated at the harbor front in Aarhus, Denmark.
SpeakerChristian Kongsgaard is an architectural engineer focused on computational environmental design and streamlining building performance simulations. He is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder at Procedural.
Date: Thursday 8th October at 5 PM CEST

Monday, October 5, 2020

Webinar: Shoe Design with Rhino and Wacom (in Spanish) - October 14 at 10 AM CEST


Webinar: Diseño de Calzado con Wacom y Rhino
October 14 at 10 AM CEST

Icreatia invites you to a free webinar where you will learn how to combine the use of a Wacom tablet and Rhino to model footwear.

Master in Parametric Design-Hybrid Edition by Controlmad

Master in Parametric Design – Hybrid Edition
November 2, 2020-February 5, 2021 

A unique study program adapted to this new situation and challenging word. This master course is the hybrid and flexible version of Controlmad's Master in Parametric Design On-site, with XI successful editions. 

It is the chance to introduce you to the world of computational design, state-of-the-art field for product design, architecture, landscape, engineering, digital fabrication… through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and CNC machines (Computer Numerical Control).

Webinar: VisualARQ Grasshopper styles - October 6 at 5 PM CEST

Do you want to use dynamic blocks in Rhino?
Do you want to learn how to create your custom parametric objects?
In this webinar, you will learn what the VisualARQ Grasshopper styles are. You will see some examples of how to bring your Grasshopper definitions into custom parametric objects in Rhino.
No Grasshopper knowledge is required to follow this webinar. But you will learn what’s behind a VisualARQ object created by a Grasshopper definition, and the unlimited possibilities this combination of tools offers.
The webinar will take around 30 minutes, with some Q&A. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training
October 6, 8, 15, 22
By RhinoCentre NL

This training course teaches you rapid hull modeling for ships, yachts, workboats, and multihulls.

Develop competence in Class-A Fairing – Final Design – Fairing for Production – Hull Optimization – Reverse Engineering – Hull from GA/ Lines-Plan – Advanced Analysis – Modeling Strategies – Developable Hulls.

Follow and finish this training now within three weeks:
  • Three training modules are covered in four live training sessions of two hours. In between the live sessions, you practice self-study exercises with the instructional videos and written exercises.
  • The intensive training sessions are October 6, 8, 15, 22.
  • For trainees around the world, each session is offered twice per day. Central European Summer Time (CEST): 09:00–11:00 h. (Group 1) and 17:00–19:00 h. (Group 2).
  • Maximum of 10 participants per session.
  • The trainer is naval architect Gerard Petersen, one of the developers of the method and fairing professional.
  • After sending in some tasks, you receive a certificate of completion.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

BSS - Building System Specialist Online Program (Rhino.Inside.Revit)


PAZ Academy (Parametric Academy Zurich)

BSS is a unique, personalized 4-month Certificate Program that lifts you over your Revit BIM limitations to become a professional computational designer in your field! 

BSS focuses on the powerful plugin Rhino.Inside.Revit with numerous interoperability connections.

You'll learn the theory, gain technological understanding, build your scripts, improve your algorithmic logic, create parametric BIM Models in Revit, and acquire a broad perspective look. Design with data, systems, code, AI, and animation while keeping your freedom and flexibility to design better buildings!

Be part of our PAZ NET in a challenging and exciting BSS PAZ Platform.

The autumn edition starts on October 1st!

Details and registration...

Learn Rhino 6 - Free Online Course

New to Rhino? Get to know Rhinoceros 6 and learn step by step the necessary tools to get started in the world of 3D modeling:

  • This course is progressive and practical.
  • You can start by recognizing the possibilities of the program and its interface.
  • You will then go on to the basic handling of two-dimensional drawing of both regular geometric figures and the exploration of more complex and organic curves.
  • Additionally, you can build surfaces and solids that will allow you to design and build the projects you have in mind.
  • Finally, you will learn how to represent your projects with the basic tools of rendering, 2D drawing, and printing pages.

Go ahead and take advantage of this free course. Also, upon completion, you can obtain a certificate of attendance. 

Don't wait. Sign up now!!!

For English click here   -  Para Español, haga clic aquí 

AEC Tech 2020 Virtual Conference: October 16-19

AEC Tech 2020 is all virtual this year. 

All-day Masterclasses will offer an opportunity for attendees to learn a new skill or develop an existing skill. 

AEC Tech’s Hackathon is an event for all levels of programmers, developers, engineers, and others. Collaborate, network, build new relationships, and generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community. 

The Symposium will feature a full day of presentations and discussions from highly-acclaimed professionals within the industry.  

See the agenda here.   Register here

Sign up for a Masterclass with McNeel speakers:

  • Rhino App Server - An API for remote solving GH definitions on Rhino.Compute
    Presented by Luis Fraguada, Developer, McNeel EU and Will Pearson, Developer, Robert McNeel & Associates 
  • Rhino.Inside.Revit
    Presented by Ehsan Iran-Nejad, Developer, Robert McNeel & Associates and Scott Davidson Product Manager, Robert McNeel & Associates 

AR/VR for Rhino & Grasshopper User Group Meeting - October 8 at 7:30 PM CEST

Image courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Join Simply Rhino UK, Heatherwick Studio and Epic Games for the next AR/VR for Rhino & Grasshopper UGM (October 8 at 7:30 PM CEST).

Heatherwick Studio has been working with game engines as part of their design workflow for years now and has developed custom design workflow and techniques that enable these processes. Silvia Rueda will provide insight into Heatherwick Studio’s use of Immersive Media, focusing on the role of landscape design and the use of Unreal within its design process and workflow.

David Weir-McCall will look at the many ways that people are utilizing the power of the Unreal Engine in the AEC to go beyond visualizations to help bridge the gap between ideas and reality. Looking at use-cases in the industry, explore the different integrated workflows with Rhino and Grasshopper and how they are being used to communicate ideas, design and build in real time, and link up to sensors to create fully functioning digital twins.

After the presentations, there will be a Q&A with the presenters.

Our presenters are:
  • Silvia Rueda | Heatherwick Studio – Designer / Immersive media specialist
  • Pablo Zamorano | Heatherwick Studio – Head of Geometry and Computational Design
  • David Weir-McCall | Epic Games – Epic Games Enterprise team

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BSS - Building System Specialist Online Program (ARCHICAD + Grasshopper)

BSS is a unique and personalized 4-month Certificate Program that lifts you over your ARCHICAD BIM limitations to become a professional computational designer.

BSS focuses on the powerful connection between ARCHICAD + Grasshopper and the new GDL Visual Baby: Param-O

You'll learn the theory, gain technological understanding, build your scripts, improve your algorithmic logic, create parametric BIM Models in ARCHICAD, and acquire a broad perspective look. Design with data, systems, code, use AI, and animation while keeping your freedom and the flexibility to design better buildings!

Be part of the PAZ NET in the challenging and exciting BSS PAZ Platform.

The Autumn Edition starts on October 1st!

Grasshopper and Trotec Laser - Live webinar


This week, Trotec Laser Canada will be hosting a webinar with 
Andres Gonzalez from McNeel Miami - RhinoFabStudio, on Rhino and Grasshopper for the laser cutter!

The webinar is set for Thursday, October 1, at 12 pm (noon) EST (Miami time). 

To register...

What is RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer-controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Darco's online Rhino training for October

Learn Rhino with Darco's online courses

By the end of this course, participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge to model, edit, and manipulate basic 3D elements and assemblies with Rhinoceros. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: October 5-9, 2020 
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD$250.00 + Taxes

With this course, students will learn the use of advanced modeling methods, which allow the creation of complex and multi-component surfaces, and provides tools to diagnose and correct surfaces. Methods to personalize the use of the software and collaborative work will be presented. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: October 12-16, 2020
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD$250 + Taxes

Both courses are for professionals of architecture, design and fabrication, manufacturing, and 3D design. Students who complete the course will receive a course completion diploma.

Questions? Contact Alejandro del Razo.

What is RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer-controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Monday, September 28, 2020

food4Rhino webinar series: General Lattice Studio (Oct 1-5 PM CEST)


General Lattice is hosting a webinar to demonstrate lattice workflow, applications, and the best modeling practices for their new plugin GL Studio.

Speaker: Co-founder and CINO of General Lattice, Marek Moffett has several years of additive manufacturing experience, specializing in the optimization of structures for manufacturability. Marek led the team that developed GL Studio and NVM methodology.

Friday, September 25, 2020

What VR headset is best for you?

In case you have missed it, our friends from
Gravity Sketch posted an article recently on the Rhino forum about their recommended VR hardware.

Read the post...

Also, check the
F1 Surface Model Design Challenge, where a 3D sketch was done in Gravity Sketch VR, and the goal is to take the sketch and create the surfaces in Rhino with NURBS or SubD.

Preparing the Geometry for CFD Process using Rhino

Cloud Towing Tank has been kind enough to share an article about "Preparing the Geometry for CFD Process using Rhino":

"In order to conduct a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of a ship, high quality surface geometry is needed in order to generate the computational grid. The geometry needs to be watertight, without manifolds, and it needs to accurately represent the real vessel. For us, Rhino has always been and continues to be the main tool for adjusting the input geometry we receive from our clients. This is mainly due to the quality of the STL files that it produces, which is the input format for our simulations. In this example, we used Rhino to prepare ship geometry for a CFD study on the influence of rudders on overall propulsion power."

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Webinar/Demo: Augmented Reality in Design, September 24

Thursday, September 24
12:00 PM (noon) Eastern

Join Fresco Design this Thursday for a one-hour talk on Augmented Reality (AR). It is an important tool in their design process, especially for remote collaboration and evaluation of product scale and motion. Join them for an interactive demo with Q&A as they share their journey using AR from concept design to its evolution into Immersive Commerce applications.

Registration on eventbrite is required. Register here.