Friday, November 26, 2021

Re-Emerge Pavilion, a collaboration between AA [EmTech] and Hassell

Photography: Studio NAARO

Architectural Association (AA) Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Post-Graduate Programme and Hassell in London have collaborated to create a new pavilion in Bedford Square.

EmTech Post-Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association has a long history in designing and creating structures and pavilions. This year’s pavilion is titled Re-Emerge and is the first time since the pandemic that the students could closely work together, fabricate and assemble a full scale structure.

For this collaboration, Hassell gave the students the challenge to keep the carbon footprint of the project to an absolute minimum and therefore only use reclaimed timber.

Xavier De Kestelier, Head of Design at Hassell said: “The students really took on the challenge with both hands and decided early on to build the pavilion out of timber from reclaimed wooden pallets”

The Re-Emerge pavilion explores new design and construction technologies that repurpose materials which have completed their first life cycle towards innovative structural formations. The project addresses themes of generative design, material computation, large-scale fabrication and assembly technologies, emphasising the pavilion's ecological impact from the early phases of the design process onwards.

Re-emerge revives the tradition of building on Bedford Square as a collaboration between an academic programme at the AA and partners from the world of practice, to test ideas at scale and imagine new possibilities.

Dr. Elif Erdine, Director of the EmTech Program said: "This collaboration with Hassell demonstrates a successful illustration of how academia and practice can come together to discover novel solutions to complex spatial and material problems. With the support of our other sponsors, BuroHappold Engineering and One Click LCA, EmTech and Hassell explored new design and construction technologies for repurposing timber."

She added: "As designers, architects, and engineers, we share the responsibility to maintain a mindful approach towards our environment while designing and building. Our mutual insight into how construction waste can be a useful resource has originated this research into repurposing timber for an outdoor structure that is lightweight, emphasising the project’s ecological impact from the early phases of the design process."

The EMTECH (Emergent Technologies and Design Programme) is a post-professional graduate degree at the Architectural Association open to graduates in architecture and engineering who wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in architectural design science that is located in new production paradigms. We are continuing to investigate new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication. Our projects are pursued by multiple iterations through hypothesis, material and computational experimentation, robotic fabrication, and evaluation; reflected upon in verbal presentations and group discussions and documented in analytical and scientifically structured papers.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

ShapeDiver Open Beta Invitation

ShapeDiver's new platform is (almost) ready! 

In collaboration with the CORE team, they've developed a major update to their infrastructure in order to support lots of new features but also to improve the performance and flexibility of the data flows through their servers.

You can now take part in it, explore some new features and give them your feedback, comments, and bug reports ahead of the public release.

Complete details about the new platform...

Introduction to V-Ray for Rhino 7 Online Course

Rhino3D.Education offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, V-Ray, and more!

We invite you to register for our new Introduction to Rendering with V-Ray for Rhino 7 course in Spanish by Valeria Palacio and also for the Work In Process (WIP) English version, which will be available by the end of the year, but you can get an early start now!

This course is for designers who want to see their ideas come to life. V-Ray is a tool that will allow you to create high-quality renders with the possibility of creating and editing materials, lights, and geometries. In this introductory course, the user will learn the V-Ray interface and approach complex renderings, exploring various possibilities this tool offers in product and space rendering.

Register now and give your models a realistic appearance!

Plus: Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of attendance.
Get started today!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Designing Jewelry with 2Shapes for Rhino

food4Rhino webinar: Designing Jewelry with 2Shapes for Rhino
November 30, 2021, at 5 PM CET

In this webinar you will learn the most exciting tools of 2Shapes for Rhino applied to authentic designs. In addition, you will uncover the new additions to 2Shapes for Rhino 2.0 and what new tools are coming in the following versions.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity for all professionals in the jewelry industry looking for the best tools for jewelry design. Some of the most interested may include jewelry designers, jewelry store owners, jewelry manufacturers, jewelry students.

Speaker: Rafael del Molino is an Experienced Chief Executive Officer with more than 15 years of experience in the jewelry sector and more than 25 years as a computer software developer. He has designed and created products such as RhinoGold or Clayoo. Passionate about helping jewelry business leaders to grow their business and boost their sales with 2Shapes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Black Friday at Rhino3D.Education

This Black Friday, we are offering something BIG at Rhino3D.Education!

Rhino3D.Education offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, V-Ray, and more!

This Black Friday, we are offering ALL of our courses found at Rhino3D.Education, including all English and all Spanish courses, for only $79.95.

Check out the entire list of courses here! Don't miss out on these never-before-seen prices. Purchase the Black Friday Bundle now, and enjoy it for one whole year.

Offer valid from November 19-December 6, 2021.
After purchase, you will have access to ALL our courses for one whole year.

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel at

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Play Structures Workshop in Sao Paulo

The AA Visiting School Sao Paulo 2021 – Play Structures will be the first of a two-part workshop series, led by architect and Professor Kristof Crolla, conducted in a hybrid online-physical format. 

Join him in this workshop where he will explore the combination of bamboo construction and digital design technology, building upon previous research into digital design used to implement bending-active bamboo shell structures.

As part of our Rhino3D.Education Podcasts and Webinar, we recently had a webinar talking about their upcoming workshop. View the recording here!

After initial basic training in Parametric Modeling in Grasshopper, students will be introduced to digital tools for physical behavior simulation (Kangaroo 2) and procedural structural analysis (Karamba) to obtain structurally optimized forms and equilibrium surfaces that can be analyzed for their structural properties.

Location: Hybrid online-Physical format, Sao Paulo
Date: December 11-17, 2021
Fee: £510

For additional information, visit this link.

Apply here!

Questions? Contact Camila Calegari at

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Parametric Design Webinar

Parametric Design Webinar
December 13-16 and 20-23, 2021

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 Webinar will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros.

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to uplift your parametric knowledge, then you can choose option 2.

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 Days / 16 hours in total. Starts: December 13, 2021
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours in total. Starts: December 20, 2021

Timezone: CET / Berlin Germany Time

Language: English

Participants will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the webinar.

More information and registrations...

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Robotic Fabrication with the COMPAS Framework online workshop, December 13-15, 2021 (McNeel Europe)


Robotic Fabrication with the COMPAS Framework online workshop
December13-15, 2021, 10 AM-5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Architecture and digital fabrication in the age of robotics require juggling a toolchain spanning very different skills, ranging from the creative aspects of design to the engineering needs of software and hardware development. At ETH Zurich, the NCCR Digital Fabrication lab develops an open-source Python framework, the COMPAS framework, that aims to streamline these workflows, lower the barrier of entry to robotics and enable architects and designers to access state-of-the-art robotics tooling from within the parametric design environment.

In this 3-day workshop, Gonzalo Casas (software engineer), Romana Rust (senior researcher) and Beverly Lytle (software engineer), of the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich and members of the COMPAS core development team, will introduce participants to the COMPAS framework, provide an overview of robotics fundamentals and focus on the design and planning of robotic fabrication processes.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Analyze and explain the kinematic structure of a robot model (Links, Joints, Joint Types, URDF description format).
  • Describe and discuss building blocks of robotics (forward and inverse kinematics, cartesian and kinematic planning, planning scene).
  • Apply building blocks of robotics to plan stereotypical assembly processes (e.g., bricklaying) in a simulation context.
  • Design new robotic processes (e.g., spatially assembled linear elements) for digital fabrication based on the building blocks applied in the physical world.
COMPAS FAB is the robotic fabrication package for the COMPAS framework that facilitates the planning and execution of robotic fabrication processes. It provides interfaces to the software libraries and tools available in robotics and makes them accessible from within the parametric design environment. 

Day 1
  • Introduction to digital fabrication.
  • Overview of COMPAS framework.
  • Fundamental concepts of robotics: components of an industrial robot, robot workspace, control modes, robot positioning (cartesian and joint space) and singularities, robot coordinate frames and transformations.
  • Description of robot models, the URDF format, visualizing robot models, interop with external model sources. Grasshopper integration. Exercise: build your own robot model.
  • Forward Kinematics (in-process and out-process) and Inverse Kinematics (overview of analytic and numerical solvers).
Day 2
  • Overview of supported robotic backends.
  • ROS: Robot Operating System and the MoveIt! Motion planning framework. ROS communication model: topics, services and actions.
  • Path planning: Cartesian and kinematic path planning from Rhino and Grasshopper using MoveIt backend. Defining goal constraints.
  • Planning scene manipulation. Dynamic end-effector attachment and detachment.
  • Describing assembly processes in code. Basic structure of a pick and place process. Approach frames. Overview of advanced assembly structures: graphs/partial orders/networks.
  • Fabrication-aware design: the impact of sequencing in spatial assembly processes.
  • Exercise: path planning of a simple assembly structure.
Day 3
  • ABB robot control with RRC.
  • Comparison of robot control modes: offline, online real-time, online non-real-time control.
  • RRC control primitives: blocking, non-blocking, and deferred blocking.
  • Overview of RRC instruction set: motion, IO control, custom instructions.
  • Remote control exercise with one of the robots of the Robotic Fabrication Lab at ETH Zurich.
Gonzalo Casas is a software engineer at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. He joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication in 2017 and is a member of the COMPAS core development team.

Romana Rust is a computational architect and a senior researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich and within the Design++ initiative – Center for Augmented Computational Design in AEC. She is also Co-coordinator of the Immersive Design Lab and a member of the COMPAS core development team.

Beverly Lytle is a mathematician turned software engineer working on the COMPAS core development team at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich.

Course requirements
Participants are expected to be familiar with Rhino/Grasshopper and have at least a basic knowledge of python programming.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required).

Please note, your seat is confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants for the course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Course language: English

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Darco Rhino Basics Workshop - Online (Spanish)


Join Darco (Dibujo Arquitectónico por Computadora SA de CV) in their Online Rhino Basic Workhop

Darco's training and certification center provides the education that the world of work requires today. Their teachers have extensive professional experience and are authorized and endorsed by the software companies that support them.

By the end of this course, participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge to model, edit and manipulate basic 3D elements and assemblies with Rhino software. 

The workshop will be taught in Spanish.

Location: Online
The link will be shared three days before the Workshop to the students who registered.

Date: November 29-December 3, 2021
Time: 9 am-1 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: US $380

Questions? Contact Alejandro del Razo

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Monday, November 15, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Parametric Building and Façade Design with Rhino.Inside BricsCAD BIM (part 2) - November 23, 2021 at 1PM CET

food4Rhino webinar: Parametric Building and Façade Design with Rhino.Inside BricsCAD BIM (part 2)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 1 PM CET

Explore the power of parametric design with Grasshopper natively in BricsCAD BIM using Rhino.Inside. Discover a fundamentally different approach to BIM, where design decisions come first, and the laborious tasks of manipulating BIM data and the level of detail are automated by AI. Extend this unique BIM workflow with Grasshopper, the industry-leading solution for parametric design. The combination of BricsCAD’s powerful AI algorithms with Grasshopper’s parametric design workflow expands the possibilities of design and geometry manipulation to new horizons.

This webinar will teach you how to design facades and complex building structures, experiment with various design options instantly using parametric algorithms. We will also demonstrate how any designer can leverage powerful algorithms on any geometry using Grasshopper-based components in BricsCAD BIM. Prepare scripts in advance and apply instantly to simple shapes, making parametric design accessible to a wider range of users.

Speaker: Sagar R. Thorat. An architectural engineer, researcher and BIM Technologist with over 13 years of experience in the AEC and Product Manufacturing Industry ranging from material fabrication technologies, marine, bespoke building envelopes to large-scale mixed-use building projects in APAC, EU, and USA. He earned his master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. As a BIM Mentor, he has implemented BIM & VDC technologies in multiple organizations across the AECO Industry globally. His special interest lies in openBIM, computational design, and the integrations of 4D and 5D VDC technologies.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Bending-active bamboo design webinar

Join Rhino3D.Education in a free live webinar by the Architectural Association Visiting School - Sao Paulo (AAVS-SP).

Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee will talk about their upcoming workshop, Play Structures. The workshop will explore the combination of bamboo construction and digital design technology with Rhino, Grasshopper, and Fologram.

AAVS-SP workshop has taken place annually since 2010 and promotes experimental, new, and provocative forms of architecture taught by practice. This year, the AAVSSP 2021, Play Structures, will be led by Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel, both professors at Hong Kong University, and will take place in December. 

Please register for this free Zoom webinar to learn more about the Play Structures hands-on workshop involving RhinoGrasshopper, and Fologram. 

When? Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time? 11:00 am (EST) - Miami time zone
Where? Online live-stream via Zoom

Free with prior registration

The webinar will be held in English

Register now! 

In case you can't make it, we keep recordings of our webinars so that you can replay or watch on your own time!

Watch Rhino3D.Education's whole collection of free podcasts and webinars here

Questions? Contact Camila Calegari at

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Grasshopper webinar "GH Live - Modellazione Algoritmica" (in Italian) - December 4-5, 2021

Grasshopper webinar 
GH Live - Modellazione Algoritmica
December 4-5, 2021 - 14-19h CET
2 days + mentoring

GH Live - Modellazione Algoritmica is a two-day webinar (in Italian) that provides a zero-to-hero learning experience focused on a deep understanding of algorithmic modeling with Rhino and Grasshopper. 

Students will acquire the ability to generate complex geometries through accurate control of mathematical and geometrical parameters. The training is intended for students and professionals without any previous experience in algorithmic modeling. 

Tutors: Arturo Tedeschi and Maurizio Degni.

Main topics:
  • Introduction to Rhinoceros
  • Algorithmic modeling with Grasshopper: user interface, components, workflow, basic operations
  • List management
  • Surface parameterization
  • Numerical sequences, vectors, and geometric transformations. Image sampler, Graph mapper
  • Introduction to Data Tree
  • Attractors
  • 3D Patterns
  • Single and multiple attractors applied to a skyscraper’s façade
  • Ladybug
  • Dendro (volumetric modeling)

The course includes a 3-hour live collective mentoring session (date to be defined) where tutors will share experiences and useful information for career guidance and professional growth, answering questions of common interest in the field of advanced design. Participants will have the opportunity to participate live.

Registrants will be able to watch the recorded lessons anytime.

Parametric Design with Artificial Intelligence Applications workshop

Join Reasch Design in their Parametric Design with Artificial Intelligence Applications webinar. 

The workshop is focused on parametric design with artificial intelligence techniques, using Grasshopper and Rhino. Participants will learn the foundations and tests of neural networks and ready-to-use applications in computer vision, natural language processing, text processing, inference engines, GANs.
Students will have AI unique components created for this workshop. The instructor has 12 years of experience and is a speaker at international design conferences and author of scientific research articles.

Location: Online

Group 1: November 23, 2021
Group 2: November 26, 2021 

Group 1: 18:30 hrs-21:30 hrs GMT-5
Group 2: 18:30 hrs-21:30 hrs GMT+2

USD $220 Professionals
USD $180 Students

Questions? Contact José Luis Reátegui at

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Intro to Grasshopper - Live Online December 6-9, 2021

Join McNeel instructor Andres Gonzalez for a live and in-depth introduction to the Grasshopper visual programming tool in Rhinoceros 7

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Grasshopper and push your skills to an intermediate level in just four days. The last 30 minutes of class will be reserved for live Q&A.

When: December 6-9, 2021, Monday-Thursday
Time: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM PST
Where: Online Classroom

Register here.

- Each class session will be recorded for your review and study.
- Grasshopper definitions are available immediately after the session for download.
- Troubleshoot your classwork live with the instructor.
- An Intermediate Grasshopper online course will be offered in January.
- Instructor will be using Rhino 7 for Windows. Rhino 7 for Mac is ok to use.

Questions? Email Mary Ann Fugier,

Another use for Rhino: Book illustrations

John Miano used Rhino to do his illustrations in his new book, A Visual Tour of Battleship USS New Jersey. Most are 2D, but there are a few 3D models.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

2Shapes for Rhino 2.0 Released

2Shapes for Rhino, the jewelry design plugin for Rhino, just got to version 2.0. Here are the top 10 new features:
  • Pave and Prongs to set gems anywhere on your design while optimally giving your unique style.
  • One-Click to STL & Integrations with 3D printers to point what needs changing for your design and fix it.
  • Open from Cloud, bring any design from the 2Shapes Suite into Rhino, all your team's designs in one centralized place.
  • Smart Profiles to create organic and smooth designs with ease, no matter the shape, size, or complexity.
  • Report, Gems Map and Gems List. Automatically generate documents of your design, its gem distribution, and a full list.
  • Assets Selector and Assets Editor to modify profiles and see how the changes dynamically affect your design.
  • Improved outliner, get an overview of your design's elements, and edit them in an agile and intuitive way.
  • With Cutters, select what gems need to be drilled, set the drill measurement, and run the boolean difference.
  • Let your design sparkle with Gems by Network, draw the bounds and let 2Shapes automatically fill it with gems.
  • Dedicated Render Studio for amazing images and animations. Easy to use rendering tools for jewelry designers.

Rhino UK User Meeting with a focus on Rhino.Inside.Revit

SimplyRhino UK has organized a new User Meeting (November 17 at 6:30 PM UK time), this time with a focus on Rhino.Inside.Revit.

Featuring Engineers AKT II and Rhino.Inside Developers from McNeel.

Presentation #1 – AKT II

AKT II has extensive experience in collaborative computational design. They have developed a suite of tools including structural façade, bioclimatic and sustainable design. The presentation will show how AKT II is using Rhino.Inside.Revit in complex geometry projects and how Rhino.Inside.Revit can speed up the production and maintenance of the BIM modes.

Deyan Marzev has been with AKTII for more than 14 years and, for the last 8 years, has been part of the parametric research team. He’s leading the development and delivery of 3d models and BIM models for highly complex projects in AKT.

James Magbanua has been with AKTII for 9 years and now leads the company’s BIM / Analytical model interoperability. His focus is on streamlining the practice workflows on the production and delivery of 3D BIM models, specializing in projects with complex, challenging geometry.

Presentation #2 – McNeel & Associates

What has McNeel been up to recently with the development of Rhino.Inside.Revit? Come and hear from Scott Davidson and Ehsan Iran-Nejad. The latest developments in v1.2 (just announced) will be discussed.

Join in the discussion and help shape the future of the product. The Rhino.Inside.Revit project brings the power of Rhino 7 and Grasshopper to the Autodesk Revit® environment. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Free webinar by icreatia (in Spanish): Wacom, Rhino.Inside Revit and V-Ray

icreatia has organized a free webinar (in Spanish) where they will show how to start an architectural project conceptually with Rhino and a Wacom tablet, then detail it with Rhino.Inside Revit, and finally, create photorealistic renderings with V-Ray.

DateNovember 11 at 10 am CET

Add the webinar to your calendar... 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Procedural Compute (part 4) "Urban Comfort Simulation in the Cloud"

food4Rhino webinar: Procedural Compute (part 4) "Urban Comfort Simulation in the Cloud"
November 11, 2021, at 5PM CET

Procedural Compute is a cloud platform for the utilization of computational resources. The system is tailored for handling multiphysics simulation jobs used in the AEC industry. Compute is developed to seamlessly integrate with Grasshopper to keep the simulation workflow as efficient as possible.

Urban comfort metrics such as Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) are often used to assess the quality of an outdoor space. The comfort metrics are usually expressed as experienced temperature and depend on several environmental factors, such as wind speed, mean radiant temperature, air temperature, and relative humidity. While air temperature and relative humidity can be obtained from a weather file, both wind speed and mean radiant temperature must be simulated. Both simulations are quite computational heavy, especially if done on an annual basis.

In this webinar, you will be guided through the setup of an urban comfort simulation with UTCI. You'll use Compute to run the CFD and MRT simulations and combine the results of the simulations in the UTCI calculation. We will take the viewers through a Grasshopper canvas that sets up the case and computes the urban comfort around a project from the Architecture Studio 3XN. The project is situated at the harbour front in Aarhus, Denmark.

Speaker: Christian 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.

*All food4Rhino webinars are recorded and available on our dedicated playlist.

RhinoCenter launches a new Academy Platform for Turkish users!

After working on this new project for many months, RhinoCenter (Authorized Rhino Reseller and Training Center in Turkey) is happy to announce the launch of their Academy platform. Their website now offers basic courses for Rhino, specific training on SubD, Grasshopper, and all in Turkish!

These initial courses are similar to intense on-site training but with lifetime access to follow at your own pace. Each course has its own final test which takes around 45 minutes and has a passing score of 70/100. Upon passing the test, students will receive a completion certificate.

At the end of the year, all certified students will have the chance to win a Rhino Level 1 Exam Certificate. A great opportunity to test knowledge and competency in Rhino software, 3D visualization and become a Certified Rhino Specialist.

Last but not least, all courses are listed with a 75% special discount until the end of the year and stay tuned because they will soon release the following new courses: Python, RhinoCAM, and V-Ray for Rhino.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

"ETFE Cushion Form-Finding & Patterning" free webinar by IxRay

IxRay has organized a free webinar on November 4, 2021, at 15h CET about ETFE Cushion Form-Finding & Patterning.

Learn more about Form-Finding ETFE Multi-Layer cushions, with control of chamber pressure and layer prestress. Patterning and compensation, hard edge compensation and welding compensation by cut & flatten de-inflated model. 

Software used: Rhino 7, Grasshopper, Falko, and ixCube 4-10

Reserve your place by emailing (Subject: Webinar on ETFE Cushions)...

Gravity Sketch "AROUND 2021"


Gravity Sketch invites you to join AROUND 2021 (November 4-5), its inaugural annual conference where the industrial design community is getting together to change the dialogue AROUND the “Design Process”. 

Join industry leaders like Adidas, Volkswagen, and Scott Robertson, who will share their unique journeys into adopting digital 3D workflow.

Also, the following speakers will be talking about their Gravity Sketch to Rhino workflow:
Registrants will have the opportunity to have 15-minute portfolio review sessions with the speakers.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

FutureNow 2021: Computational Thinking for a Changing World


FutureNow 2021: Computational Thinking for a Changing World
Saturday, November 6, 2021
(9 am-5 pm Eastern)
The Center for Architecture - AIANY
536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Join the American Institute of Architects New York's (AIANY) Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), the Future of Practice Committee, and a distinguished body of global computational design leaders on Saturday, November 6, for a one-day symposium and workshop to explore how to use computational thinking to solve design problems.


In the morning session, cutting-edge innovators will reflect on how computational thinking has influenced their work. Afterward, workshop tables will conceive of computational solutions to complex, topical problems. Symposium attendees will be empowered to approach the impending future of computation in architecture with confidence.

 Details and registration... 


Event information:

Hybrid (both virtual and in-person) attendance. Proof of vaccination and masking are required to attend in person. Food and beverages will be served. Masks are recommended when not actively consuming food and beverages. Due to the pandemic, in-person attendance will be limited to around 50 people (<50% capacity). Virtual registration numbers will also be limited to around 75 people to retain a manageable size for afternoon workshop teams.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Announced: Winner of the DigitalFUTURES Coding Award 2021!

We are excited to learn that Rajaa Issa, our developer of PanelingTools for Rhino and Grasshopper, has been given the DigitalFUTURES Coding Award 2021.

This award is given to a digital tool that revolutionizes architectural research, practice, or education by offering an advanced thinking paradigm and workflow. 

PanelingTools is widely used to rationalize freeform surfaces and create paneling solutions, from concept to fabrication. 

You can hear Rajaa in a video describing the history, concept, and development behind PanelingTools.

DigitalFUTURES is an educational initiative that organizes workshops, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, book publications, a peer-reviewed journal, and an international PhD program. While emphasizing the latest computational design and fabrication technologies, they also address education's broader ethical and social education issues by providing an ever-growing repository of knowledge accessible for everyone.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

2021 AECtech | Symposium & Hackathon

Thornton Tomasetti CORE Studio presents the 9th Annual 2021 AECtech | Symposium & Hackathon in person in NYC and virtually to the world.

Limited in-person attendance for the Symposium and Hackathon in NYC is also available.

| Masterclasses |
November 4 | 9:30 am-5:00 pm | Virtual Only
Immerse yourself in a full day of Masterclasses hosted by design innovators and software pioneers developed to introduce participants to a wide range of powerful new workflows that enable new ways of working and enhance existing design processes.

| Symposium
November 5 | 8:00 am-4:40 pm | Virtual & Limited in Person
Be inspired by highly-acclaimed leaders in design and technology within the AEC industry. Join us for a series of presentations, discussions, and round table panels reflecting on the state of practice today and what is on the horizon.

| Hackathon |
November 6 @ 9:00 am-November 7 @ 2:00 pm | Virtual & Limited in Person

Create something incredible with a team of your peers during the 26-hour hackathon. Starting on Saturday morning and ending on Sunday afternoon. AEC Tech’s Hackathon is an event for all levels of programmers, developers, engineers, and others. Additionally, it is aimed for attendees to collaborate, network, build new relationships, and generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community.

Find out more at the AECtech 2021 Event Page!
Questions? Email David Mans
Senior Associate Applications Developer, Thornton Tomasetti | CORE studio

From Sneakers to Crypto-Art webinar


Join Rhino3D.Education in a live webinar with Sarah Salameh on, Computational Design in Fashion From Sneakers to Crypto-Art.

Sarah is a Palestinian-American product designer based in San Francisco. She loves to learn the stories of the people, places, and things around her and make products that people interact with daily and push design limits. She studied at Stanford and was most recently working at Carbon to make running shoes in collaboration with Adidas.

The webinar goes over computational design with Rhino and Grasshopper, which poses many opportunities in fashion, from personalization at scale, to expanding the range of structures designers can create by allowing them to design with computers. Also, manufacturing capabilities, like 3D printing, allow users to produce structures that couldn't be created previously and deliver the promises of computational design in the physical space and virtual fashion in the metaverse. This poses a new, more sustainable approach to personalization and self-expression through fashion and opportunity for computational designers.

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 am (EST) - Miami time zone
Location: Online live-stream held in English

Register now! 
You will receive an email with the webinar’s link on the day of the event.

In case you can't make it, we keep recordings of our webinars so that you can replay or watch on your own time!

Questions? Contact Sarah Salameh at

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Europort 2021: 2-5 November 2021 - Rotterdam (The Netherlands)


Europort 2021
2-5 November 2021
Rotterdam Ahoy - The Netherlands

Rivers and seas are filled with challenges and opportunities. Be part of the journey of the maritime transition by exploring the power of technology, and engineer, build and maintain sustainable (relation)ships today and tomorrow. 

Visit NDAR booth (6502) to learn the latest news about Orca3D, ExpressMarine and Rhino, among others.

Booking an appointment in advance is recommended:
E-mail:, or telephone: +33 4 92 91 13 24

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Rhino 7 to FELIX Online Render

FELIX Render is a clever cloud-based rendering software for architects and designers. It offers superior rendering quality, rich collaborative material and object libraries, wonderful tools to quickly populate your designs with furniture and vegetation, the comfort of a 100% non-destructive workflow, and fantastic lighting tools. It can handle huge projects from an old laptop. I
ts performance is almost entirely hardware-independent.

It's very affordable and since the cloud is based on sharing hardware resources, it's also environmentally friendly. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Parametric bridge design online workshop using SOFiSTiK in Grasshopper

Parametric bridge design online workshop using SOFiSTiK in Grasshopper
November 24-26, 2021, 10 AM-5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Today’s building industry is increasingly complex and specialized. Modern projects are highly driven by intensive collaboration between architects, structural engineers, and other stakeholders. Especially in the digital era, architects and engineers are separated from the building site. Hence, digital models are required to ensure a three-dimensional understanding of the scope of work. The challenge is that the architectural model and the structural model are not exactly the same.

This workshop will give you an intro to parametric structural design using the connection between the powerful analysis software SOFiSTiK and the nearly endless parametric possibilities of the Rhino/Grasshopper world. An emphasis is on exploring methods of collaboration between architects and structural engineers. It is led by structural engineer Andrés von Breymann from SOFiSTiK AG, along with BIM specialist Junghwo Park from Umdasch Group Ventures.

Junghwo Park introduces the basics of Rhino and Grasshopper specifically for the bridge engineers. Hence, participants do not need any experience with Rhino and Grasshopper. Andrés von Breymann introduces parametric bridge design applications using the SOFiSTiK plugin for Grasshopper. The plugin helps generate a bridge geometric model based on alignment, cross-section and stationing data. In a second step, the bridge analysis model can be generated according to the user’s engineering judgment. We will also be exploring potential workflow using Rhino.Inside for Revit with Junghwo Park. Participants will probably be bridge engineers or BIM coordinators, but others are also welcome to join. You will expect to learn and achieve the following goals after the workshop:

Day 1- Get to know the Rhino and Grasshopper
  • Rhino basics
  • Grasshopper / list and data management
  • Learn Grasshopper tips and tricks facilitating the analysis workflow
  • Get a basic understanding of how to set up the analytical model
Day 2 - Get to know the SOFiSTiK Grasshopper components for the bridges
  • The SOFiSTiK Rhino Interface
  • Interfacing Grasshopper and SOFiSTiK
  • SOFiSTiK Grasshopper: Basic examples
  • SOFiSTiK GH Bridge Components - General Explanation
  • Bridge Cross-Sections, Bridge Alignment, and Axis Based Modelling
  • Superstructure and Substructure Geometric Model (Post-Tensioned Concrete Bridge Example)
Day 3 – Bridge structural analytical model and documenting the bridge model using Rhino.Inside.Revit
  • Design collaboration between the designers (bridge architects) and the engineers
  • Connecting SOFiSTiK Grasshopper geometrical model to Revit using Rhino.Inside
  • Superstructure and Substructure Analysis Model (Beam model & Shell model)
  • Post-Tensioning, Loads and Construction Stages
  • Summary of the workshop and discussion for the future developments
Course requirements: There is no prior knowledge of Rhino, Grasshopper nor SOFiSTiK needed. McNeel and SOFiSTiK will provide temporal software licenses for the 3-day workshop.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants for each course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Course language: English

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