Thursday, April 27, 2017

Python improvements in Rhino WIP

We have introduced Python improvements in the latest Rhino WIP. They include:
  • Python editor has a new module tree organized in method sets for easier navigation.
  • API documentation now includes more details.
  • Python editor output window has better context help. 
  • Debug window is formatted for high DPI screens.
  • Improved performance of the GHPython component, up to 10x faster than the Rhino 5 component.
  • New functions to create common Rhino types, including CreatePoint(), CreateVector(),  CreatePlane(),  CreateColor(), CreateInterval().
  • New, updated guides on Rhino.Python and GHPython.
Download the Rhino WIP to give the newest improvements a try.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How is a greeting card like shipbuilding?

Two shipbuilding degrees, a little inspiration and creativity, Rhino, and a laser printer: Lovepop cards! These intricate 3D pop-up greeting cards have an interesting history.

Best friends and founders Wombi Rose and John Wise studied together at Webb Institute. After college, they went their separate ways but met up again at Harvard Business School. On a graduate school trip to Vietnam they discovered a variation of origami, slices of paper measured and cut to a specific size, then assembled into a 3D sculpture.

Inspired, the two applied their shipbuilding skills in miniature and created Lovepop.

Each Lovepop card folds flat with a 2D picture on the front. On the inside is a 3D sculpture, which pops out of the card.

The card designs are entered in to Rhino. Prototypes are created, the card sculptures are laser cut, then assembled by hand.

Lovepop's business exploded when Rose and Wise landed a spot on ABC's Shark Tank. See the Shark Tank follow-up episode.

More details in Polished Magazine...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Advanced Grasshopper Course By Lab For Architectural Singularity

Lab For Architectural Singularity is hosting an Advanced Grasshopper Course!

This workshop is for professionals with previous experience with Grasshopper, but still do not feel comfortable to realize their ideas. Complex logical constructions focusing on the use of specific date manipulation components, from cases and exercises that mimic famous architecture and design projects, will be addressed.
Prerequisite: Basic Grasshopper course (or equivalent of 15 hours).

Lab For Architectural Singularity
Praça Doutor João Mendes, 42 Set 115 center
São Paulo, SP 01501907 Brazil
Date: May 2-8, 2017
Time: 6 pm-8 pm
Fee: $700

For more information please contact Renata Portelanda.

What is a 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.

AA Visiting School UK - Band-Saw Manoeuvres, July 28-August 6, Hooke Park Campus, Dorset (UK)

Band-Saw Manoeuvres
(Robotic Fabrication Workshop Series)
July 28-August 6, 2017
AA Hooke Park Campus, Dorset (UK)

The Architectural Association is holding its second Robotic Fabrications Workshop, Band-Saw Manoeuvres, at its Hooke Park campus. The workshop series Robotic Fabrications, to be held every year, explores robotic manufacturing for architectural elements. The main ambition is to provide an in depth exploration of fabrication methods and technologies.

"Merging expert knowledge of timber construction with cutting-edge robotic fabrication technologies we will explore the creative potential of prototyping complex and large-scale timber structures with digital tools resulting in the construction of a roof structure for the temporary foundry building for the Hooke Park Campus.

Our weapons of choice- the chainsaw and bandsaw- will gain an augmented level of precision and control when wielded by the large Kuka KR150 robot. Through rigorous physical testing, we will prototype connection details utilising the extraordinary precision and flexibility of multi-axis robotic machining.

We will investigate the ancient craft and traditions of Japanese joinery to inform our Robotic Choreographies. These principles will undergo a digital interpretation - and whilst preserving the poetry, ritual and sensitivity, get translated into a highly choreographed movement pattern or toolpath for the robot and end-effector."

During the course, Rhinoceros will be used for the design development. Additionally, KUKA/prc and in-house developed plug-ins on the Grasshopper platform will be used for robotic fabrication.

The deadline for applications is July 20, 2017.

Program Head:
Emmanuel Vercruysse
Course Tutors:
Pradeep Devadass
Zachary Mollica

Mesh2Surface 4.3: New release

Mesh2Surface 4.3 has been released. This latest version of Mesh2Surface reverse engineering plug-in for Rhino, together with small bug fixes and improvements, adds the CurveNetwork Surface feature to the available toolset, which opens new possibilities for 3D reverse engineering from scans.
Visit for more information...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhino UK User Meeting 2017 - June 14, London (UK)

Rhino UK User Meeting 2017
Wednesday June 14, 2017 (09:00 - 17:00)
The Crypt on the Green

Simply Rhino UK is pleased to be hosting another Rhino UK User Meeting in London.

You are invited to attend this event, which will take place at The Crypt on the Green (London) on Wednesday June 14.

New presenters and presentations will be announced in the next few weeks.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Job Opening at CHAM: CAD and Software Development Engineer

Job Title: CAD and Software Development Engineer
Job Level: Junior Level (1-2 years commercial experience)

CHAM is seeking a CAD and Software Development Engineer for its Wimbledon office. The successful candidate needs commercial experience with C#, .NET framework, and C++ and will initially focus on further development of CHAM’s latest product, RhinoCFD, a plug-in integrating CFD capabilities into Rhino.

Interested candidates please contact for more information.

Master in Parametric Design by Controlmad - September-December 2017, Madrid (Spain)

Master Parametric Design
September 11 - December 5, 2017
Controlmad Advanced Design Center
Avda. del Manzanares, 166-168
28019 - Madrid (Spain)

From September to December 2017 Controlmad Advanced Design Center (ARTC and RhinoFabStudio) will host the 7th edition of their Master in Parametric Design.

This study program will introduce you to parametric design and digital manufacturing in product design, architecture, landscape, and digital fabrication through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and the Controlmad CNC milling machine.

The course is divided into five groups with several units. The aim of every unit is that students can learn new parametric tools based on Grasshopper.
  • Group I  -  NURBS modeling (Rhino, Grasshopper)
  • Group II  -  Digital fabrication (visits to outstanding parametric buildings)
  • Group III  -  Meshes modeling (Grasshopper for organic design, structural analysis, thermal calculation, and form finding)
  • Group IV  -  Interoperability (Grasshopper and its connection with Arduino, sensors, data from internet, Python)
  • Group V  -  Thesis (individual work on the main interests of the student based on the previous units + V-Ray for rendering)
The course includes a full Rhinoceros Windows 5.0 Educational License.

Early bird registration until April 30, 2017
Registration deadline: August 10, 2017

Design & Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop - July 3-28, Madrid (Spain)

Design & Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop
July 3-28, 2017, Monday - Thursday 9am-1pm and 2-4pm*
(*except last 6 days)
Controlmad Advanced Design Center
Avda. del Manzanares, 166-168
28019 - Madrid (Spain)

Controlmad Advanced Design Center (ARTC and RhinoFabStudio) will host a Design and Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop from July 3 to July 28.

The course is scheduled in 5 units spanning 4 weeks:

Unit 1: 3D Modeling with Rhinoceros / 24 hours
Unit 2: Parametric Design with Grasshopper I / 24 hours
Unit 3: Parametric Design with Grasshopper II / 24 hours
Unit 4: Digital Fabrication / 29 hours
Unit 5: Introduction to V-Ray for Rhino / 8 hours

"The course is organized in an intensive way so any student without previous knowledge in 3D modeling or Rhino may get a solid base for going into parametric design. For that, we will use Grasshopper, a free graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring. It is used at most famous architecture offices like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster, at engineering teams as the one of Sagrada Familia (Barcelona), one of the most technological advanced buildings in the world.

Students not only will learn how to model and render, but also will implement various strategies to obtain structures of complex models, analyze, calculate, interact with the physical environment etc. with the chance of manufacture different models with CNC technology, like cutting laser Trotec and 3D printers The final goal is to create, design and 3D model a cool object, prototype or sculpture using Rhino and Grasshopper, get a fast render with V-Ray and make it real with the digital machines we have."

Early bird registration until May 20 
Registration deadline: June 12

Generative Morphologies V4.0 workshop, Chennai (India)

Generative Morphologies V4.0 workshop
July 23-30, 2017 - from 10.00 to 18.00
Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology (AVIT)
Chennai (India)

Generative Morphologies V4.0 is an international workshop intended for architects, students of architecture and urbanism, professional designers, and artists exploring advanced contemporary algorithmic generative systems at a city's urban scale. It's aimed at establishing a platform of learning new techniques of design, production, and presentation.


Generative Morphologies V4.0
will computationally address “Morphologic Metropolis”, a growth and data driven phenomenon of the city as an ecological organism adapting to an environmental stimulus. The generative system is formulated with a general workflow that primarily focuses on Anemone (plug-in for Grasshopper), along with a range of techniques in a streamlined process across two major software platforms: Grasshopper and ZBrush.

This workshop will use McNeel Rhinoceros and Grasshopper 3D plug-ins, Pixologic ZBrush, Luxion KeyShot.

What You Will Learn
  • Understanding of macro morphologies and adaptive architectural systems
  • Introduction in Rhino, Grasshopper, ZBrush
  • Introduction to generative design in Anemone, Cocoon, Octopus (plug-ins for Grasshopper)
  • Introduction to mesh manipulation, texturing, optimization in ZBrush
  • Introduction to mesh modeling in Grasshopper from points with Cocoon and smoothness in Weaverbird
  • Strategies for 3D printing
  • Visualization with Luxion KeyShot
  • Discussions on project presentation

Vamsi Krishna Vemuri / India
Shridhar Mamidaala / India

Early registration until May 23, 2017
Late registration until June 23, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

AA_Aarhus Visiting School 2017 - August 2-11, Aarhus (Denmark)

AA_Aarhus Visiting School
August 2-11, 2017
Aarhus School of Architecture
Nørreport 20
8000 Aarhus

In its third edition in Denmark, the Aarhus Visiting School will expand on previous agendas in integrating robotic and CNC tools as part of the design and fabrication process in architecture.

The workshop is divided into two research agendas: Mesh Morphologies and Robotic Crafting.

Mesh Morphologies will focus on teaching how to control and manipulate geometry at both local and global scales based on environmental and material input, where a digital fabrication pipeline enables a constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit is for all levels of Grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.

Robotic Crafting will engage traditional construction techniques and tectonics systems, reinterpreting them for a digital design and fabrication paradigm. You will develop and implement fabrication processes that integrate material properties and potential feedback systems, and use the ABB IRB 6620 and 120 robots. You need an intermediate to advanced level of Grasshopper knowledge, as this unit will emphasize individual process and data design.

Prominent features of the workshop / skills developed
  • Novel modeling and parametric techniques based on local ecological factors.
  • Introduction to new fabrication techniques now prevalent in design and architecture.
  • Robotic fabrication in design.
  • Discussions on new architectural processes and theories.
  • Applying theories that are highly applicable in contemporary practice through computation.
  • A lecture series from leading researchers and theorists.
David Reeves, Tommaso Casucci, Ryan Hughes, and Petras Vestas

Jens Pedersen, Ali Farzaneh

"It is the ambition of the AA_Aarhus Visiting School to develop knowledge in digital fabrication and pattern formations, which are at the forefront when it comes to the field of architecture & design.

Furthermore, the participants are to leave the Visiting School having gained new knowledge and novel skills in architectural design/make and theory, which they can continue to use in their practice or in the remaining years of their study.
We hope that through our continued work within this field, we will be able to contribute to the ongoing architectural discussion on parametrics, pattern making and fabrication."
The units are open to both professionals and students.
Registration deadline
July 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

3D Hubs Student Grant 2017

3D Hubs is accepting applications from students around the world for the 3D Hubs Student Grant 2017. They are looking for inventors, problem solvers and creative talents in STEAM subjects that push the boundaries of 3D printing.

The grant is offered in three fields - engineering, product design and architecture - to students that can showcase the Best Use of 3D Printing in the specified academic fields. The three successful applicants will receive:
  • $500 cash
  • An honorable mention from Brian Garret (3D Hubs co-founder) on LinkedIn
  • A professional photo shoot of their project for their portfolio 
Brian Garret explains the importance of students and supporting STEAM education: “Students are the engineers and designers of the future. With this grant, as well as our existing student program providing 25% off, we aim to give students a strong foundation in digital manufacturing early on to give them a competitive edge in their future careers.”

Great examples of 3D printing done by students are Eindhoven’s Mark Thielen, who’s creating a new future of medical training, Delft’s Jonas Holtermann driving innovation for formula student, or the team from the University of Colorado Boulder making new ways for blind children to read.

For more inspiration on student projects, follow 3D Hubs Instagram. Throughout the months of April, May and June, they'll be showcasing the best submissions.

Rhino users are welcome to take part with their models.

Applications close on June 30, and awardees will be announced on July 15.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rhino Workshop in NYC, April 19

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
4:00pm-7:00pm EDT
US$150.00 - buy your ticket here

This Rhino workshop aims to discuss some of the specific applications directly related to the architectural industry, how it can be leveraged, and how different 3D software Rhino, Sketch Up, and Revit can be leveraged to maximize the most from it.

Part 1: Making a watertight model in Rhino
·      Introductory concepts for watertight modeling techniques
·      Check and fix STL errors in Rhino
·      Requirements for quality 3D printed output

Part 2: Optimizing an architectural 3D print
·      Scaling and exporting techniques
·      Minimum thicknesses
·      Optimize models to reduce print time and cost

Part 3: Texturing and full color 3D print output
·      UV mapping techniques and types
·      Render materials
·      Extracting textured geometry
·      Full color 3D print workflows

Part 4: Advanced workflows for 3D printing
·      Model integrity between Revit, Rhino, and, Fusion 360, Sketch Up

44 West 18th Street
3rd Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10011

ExpressMarine 1.1 parametric marine plug-in release + FREE webinar

Express Marine AS has announced the release of ExpressMarine 1.1, a parametric marine structural design plug-in for Rhino. ExpressMarine is a plug-in that enables designers to rapidly build up parametric 3D models of marine structures.
Its main advantage is the dramatic reduction of the modeling time, achieved through the integration of the 2D drawings and the 3D model in a single, common environment.

Weight and center of gravity results become available much earlier in the design tender phase and the model topology allows easy updates throughout all later design stages.

It is the ideal pre-processor of the structural model to be further used in other marine design software for detailed engineering, class drawings, weight distribution and tracking, FEM analysis, etc.
We invite you to join a free webinar on ExpressMarine on Wednesday May 3, 2017 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST).

Two Grasshopper Workshops on Parametric Design at FabLab Berlin - May 2017, Berlin (Germany)

Architect Wassef Dabboussi will hold two Grasshopper workshops on parametric design at FabLab Berlin next month.

For four Sundays, starting April 30, a Grasshopper General Workshop (Beginner - Option 1) will take place.

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

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

This Parametric Design General Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plug-in in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands on parametric project".

For two Sundays, starting May 14, a Grasshopper Intensive Workshop (Intermediate - Option 2) will take place.

"Do you already know Grasshopper and would like to uplift your parametric knowledge?

Do you have some difficulties understanding some of Grasshopper’s advanced features (Trees, Data Structuring, etc.) but would like to develop your parametric skills and learn advanced techniques in Grasshopper?

This Parametric Design Intensive Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to uplift your parametric skills, including a hands on parametric project".

Diseño Paramétrico, a presentation by Ana Monreal - April 24, ESADA, Granada (Spain)

Diseño Paramétrico, by Ana Monreal (ROJOmandarina Studio)
Monday April 24, 12:00 - 14:00
ESADA - Escuela Superior de Arte y Diseño de Andalucía
C/ Santa Paula, 33
18001, Granada (Spain) 

During the Semana Creartiva event organized by Escuela Superior de Arte y Diseño de Andalucía, Ana Monreal, industrial designer and co-founder of ROJOmandarina design studio, will deliver a presentation on parametric design.

Ana will explain what parametric design is, its advantages, how it can be applied in product design, fashion and architecture and tools used to perform it (Rhino + Grasshopper).

Follow @AnaMonrealC, @rojomandarina and @esadagrx on Twitter.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Construct3D at DUKE University

Construct3D 2017 at DUKE University aims to bring together educators from a broad range of educational contexts to exchange ideas and innovation. We are honored that they have invited RhinoFabStudio director and Rhino & Grasshopper trainer, Andres Gonzalez, to lead a workshop and a talk.

Don't miss this opportunity! 

The Rhino Data Driven workshop is a pre-conference workshop with numerous real-life examples in that introduces participants to the logic and principles of parametric created 3D-Forms.
Location: Duke's Technology Engagement Center (TEC)
Date: May 5th, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Register for conference:
And then sign up here:


The Data, Design, Code, Rhino talk is for designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms, like Grasshopper, a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s modeling tools. 

Location: JB Duke Hotel Ballroom A,B,C

Date: May 6th, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Register for conference:
And then sign up here:

Register now for the Workshop and the Talk! Spaces are limited!

For more information please contact Lizabeth Arum and Chip Bobbert.

What is a 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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

C# for Grasshopper Workshop - May 12-14, Berlin (Germany)

C# for Grasshopper Workshop
May 12-14, 2017
Parametric Support Office
Hardenbergstr. 38
10623 Berlin, Germany

Parametric Support
invites everyone to join its C# for Grasshopper coding workshop for advanced users.

C# is a programming language in which Grasshopper for Rhino was written. It is commonly used to create plug-ins.

During this three-day course, the following subjects are covered:
  • Basic coding in C# programming language.
  • Algorithmic thinking in design and 3D modeling.
  • RhinoCommon library. Extending Grasshopper scripting capabilities with full Rhinoceros 5 functionality.
  • Shortening the script execution time by optimizing the algorithms. Methods of saving resources through finding inefficient operations.
  • Geometric algorithms. Delaunay triangulation, Voronoi diagram, shortest path problem etc. described and implemented in C#.
  • Scripting in Grasshopper’s C# script component.
  • Creating your own components in Microsoft Visual Studio.
After the course, you will be able to create your own components, solve complicated problems, operate on data structures, and optimize your code. Going in depth into geometric algorithms will give you a better understanding of tools you’re using and broaden your mind in finding clever solutions.

Detailed program coming soon.

Registration at

Tuition Fee:
300 EUR (Early Bird, till April 15)
350 EUR (Regular)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Classroom and online training resources for Rhino

Can't come to a class at one of our offices?
  • Find a classroom near you. You get live instruction from authorized Rhino trainers.
  • Take an online class. Get the benefits of instruction without traveling. Find a class in your time zone and take the class from the comfort of your own desk. Our live online classes are in-depth classes, usually 20-24 hours of instruction. 
  • Join a live online Rhino 5 webinar. Rhino experts will show you how to get started with Rhino. We have classes for both Rhino for Windows and Rhino for Mac. These are usually 1-2 hour live meetings with a more technical emphasis.
  • Arrange a custom class. If you need a custom class, we have a list of resources that offer this service.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ladybug + Honeybee workshop series

Performance Network has announced their Ladybug + Honeybee webinar workshop series with Chris Mackey. Seats are limited. Sign up today!

Condensation Modeling with Honeybee
Thursday, April 20, 9:30AM PDT
Price: US$59.00

Urban Heat Island Modeling with Dragonfly
Thursday, April 27, 9:30AM PDT
Price: US$59.00

Expanding Your Climate Data Sources with Dragonfly
Thursday, May 4, 9:30AM PDT
Price: US$59.00

CFD Simulation with OpenFOAM, Rhino, Grasshopper and Butterfly (Advanced)
Thursday, May 11, 9:30AM PDT
Price: US$89.00

About the presenter...
Chris Mackey is a building scientist and designer at Payette Architects as well as a recent graduate of MIT’s Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Building Technology 
programs. His completed thesis involved the development of software to produce high-resolution thermal comfort maps of buildings off of EnergyPlus results as well as a new suite of spatial thermal comfort metrics that mirror those currently used to quantify daylight.

Chris has intimate knowledge of the following languages/software: Python, Grasshopper, Rhino (including RhinoCommon), EnergyPlus, and OpenStudio. In his free time, Chris is an avid contributor to the Ladybug + Honeybee environmental analysis plug-ins for Grasshopper and is currently building a new “insect” to link these two plug-ins and the Rhino/Grasshopper interface to macro-scale climate modeling engines and data sets.

AA Visiting School: Floating Architecture, Amazon

Mamori Lake, Amazonas
August 25 - September 2, 2017
Research shows that sea levels around the world have been rising for many decades due to global warming. The consequences of this will put hundreds of cities at risk of being flooded. Similarly, water levels in the Mamori Lake vary greatly between the dry and wet season, when the river can grow up to 14 meters flooding the forest and changing the physiognomy of the land. 
Currently, local houses are built on stilts to deal with tidal variations but in recent years, this has not always been enough to prevent the river from causing devastation. Conversely, there are several floating plants in the Amazon that have developed clever buoyancy strategies to adapt to this ever-changing environment. Through physical and digital modeling as well as biomimetics, the workshop will investigate new types of floating architecture that can adapt to tidal variations and rising water levels while responding to extreme weather conditions. 
The workshop will take place in a lodge by the Mamori Lake shore, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The initial exploratory days of analysis and data collection will offer the participants the possibility to discover the astonishing Amazon ecosystem and interact with the local communities. A series of lectures about design, architecture and biology will provide students with an understanding of innovative concepts at the forefront of architecture.
  • Students will receive a certificate from the Architectural Association.
  • Students will develop skills in parametric modeling using Rhino and Grasshopper.
  • Students will gain an understanding of concepts like biomimetics, emergence, self-organization, and material and biological systems.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How one designer uses RhinoCAM

RhinoCAM has started a series, the User Spotlight Videos, highlighting some of their customers. First up is the fun video with Bernie Solo of WorksbySolo. See how he sets up a project for machining.

WorksbySolo Facebook page...
The RhinoCAM video on YouTube...

Level 2 Rhino 5 for Mac begins May 2nd

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our Level 2 Rhino 5 for Mac online course begins next month on May 2nd. Kyle Houchens will be our instructor for this course. Kyle is a very talented industrial designer, skilled instructor, an Authorized Rhino Trainer, the owner of the The Outside Digital Design and a McNeel Technician.

  • May 2-4 and May 9-11 (Tuesday-Thursday each week)
  • Hours are 9am-1pm PDT each day
    Note: All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time time zone.
    Calculate your time zone.

Live training sessions let you ask questions and interact with the class and instructor. In our usual format, all sessions will be recorded and posted for your study and review. If you cannot make a session, you will be able to catch up at your convenience. Videos will be available for streaming up to three months following the class. 

RhinoPiping v1.2.8 now available

NAVINN recently announced the release of RhinoPiping v1.2.8.

This new release has a brand new license management. The plug-in is now using the same license system as Rhino, more stable and suitable than previously. RhinoPiping is now also compatible with the Zoo 6, which gives you the possibility to have floating licenses.

RhinoPiping LT (free) now has a completely separate installer and doesn't need to be activated anymore. For the PRO license, NAVINN is offering a special discount open to everyone until April 21, 2017 (10% with the discount code: SPECIAL10RP).

Several bugs have also been solved, and you can expect more news and tools in the few next weeks. NAVINN also recently redesigned their website, and created a new auxiliary website exclusively dedicated to support and documentation.

AA Athens Visiting School 2017 - Symmetry Sentience Workshop, June 12-22, Athens (Greece)

AA Athens Visiting School 2017
Symmetry Sentience
June 12-22, 2017
AKTO College – Athens Campus
11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos)
Athens, 113 62, Greece

Our world is enriched by many interactive means connecting us across the different continents. These amplifications take place through various media that in turn alienate people from their surroundings. Our built environment continues to evolve into an interconnected hyperspace where architecture can be fluid, flexible and vivid. In 2017, AA Athens Visiting School will address architectural themes involving active engagement and participatory design through prototypes characterized by action.

Today, action-designed structures enabled by technology begin to timidly move beyond the utopian proposals of the 20th century’s manifestos and hold a place in the world of realized designs. The AA Athens Visiting School incorporates in the design process materials and scientific devices as vital parts of the end creations. The research aims at bringing the user closer to the built environment via space animation. It rethinks habits of designing, building and experiencing space through materiality. Here, ways of seeing become the starting point for developing a working interactive prototype. Theories of visual perception developed in 1920s, like the Gestalt theory, act as reference points to inform the design proposals.

In Symmetry Sentience, materiality and form are considered a “unified whole”. The programme will investigate how membranes can reshape our architectural understanding with curvature and translucency. The design teams will focus on the flexible nature of tensile fabric that can be energized by motion and real-time reaction to various parameters. The design language includes Processing, Arduino, Rhino, and Grasshopper.

The architecture programme integrates manufacturing techniques that enable the design teams to actively experience fabrication in 1:1 scale. Lectures and tutorials by experts from internationally renowned academics and practitioners, from the Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects and others, form the theoretical background based on aspects of computational space, as well as responsive and kinetic design.

AA Athens Visiting School continues to research interactive design via building novel experience prototypes. Linking with their computational design affiliates in the AA Istanbul Visiting School, the end results of one school act as design informants for the other and vice versa, exploring the field of parametric design coupled with fabrication.

Prominent features of the workshop/ skills developed:

  • Participants are part of an active learning environment. The large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
  • The toolset of AA Athens includes but is not limited to Processing and Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, as well as design analysis software.
  • Participants gain hands-on experience of digital fabrication.
  • Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental computational techniques, relevant critical thinking, theoretical understanding, and professional awareness.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. Prior software knowledge is not required.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive the AA Visiting School Certificate.

The deadline for applications is May 29, 2017. No portfolio or CV, the only requirement is the online application form and fees. Discount options for groups or for those wishing to apply for both AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools are available.

Contact details:
Alexandros Kallegias (AA Athens Visiting School Programme Director):