Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Computational Technology Webinar (Spanish)


Webinar's topic includes going over the possibilities offered by technology to impact the architectural industry from the optimization of the design process and creating a value proposition focused on connection, transformation, and knowledge.

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Time: 4:00pm (Colombia, South America time zone)
Location: Online live-stream held in Spanish

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!

Questions? Contact Valeria Palacio at disenorhino3dcol@une.net.co

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Rhino3D.Education - Online Rhino Training


Become a member of Rhino3D.Education, the community to learn and enrich your knowledge in Rhino. 

With more than 15k users, Rhino3D.Education platform offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, Paneling Tools, RhinoCAM, and more. You will find classes in both English and Spanish. 

Rhino3D.Education provides its students with some free and other very affordable online courses to start learning Rhino or to deepen their knowledge with some advanced techniques. 

Sign up here!

Check out all our courses here!

Plus, don't miss out on these fantastic course bundles we have created with a +70% discount for the summer. 

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Getting to know...YŪ by YOU Jewelry!

Read Shapediver's interview with Julius, Max, and Paul. They are the minds behind YŪ by YOU, an innovative German jewelry brand that uses computational design to turn any name into a unique wearable jewelry piece.

"The very first version of the algorithm was written in processing and not Grasshopper. Julius spent an entire semester abroad in the United States, where he gained enough knowledge of Grasshopper to develop the YŪ algorithm and design further." 

Read the complete interview...

AA Autumn DLAB (London) - Sep 6-12, 2021

In its 16th year, Autumn DLAB is a one-week program taking place at the AA London HQ’s unique atmosphere.

Autumn DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large-scale prototyping techniques. The program builds on its expertise in complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. Autumn DLAB brings together a range of experts— tutors and lecturers—from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others.

The research generated at Autumn DLAB has been published in international media —ArchDaily, Archinect, Bustler—and peer-reviewed conference papers, including SimAUD (Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design), eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).

Autumn DLAB investigates the correlations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication, coupled with analog modes of physical experimentation and prototype making. Each cycle of the program devises custom-made architectural processes through creating novel associations between conventional and contemporary design and fabrication techniques. The research culminates in the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale prototype realized by using robotic fabrication techniques to integrate form-finding, material computation, and structural performance.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Rhino.Inside BricsCAD BIM - July 29 at 5 PM CEST

Rhino.Inside BricsCAD® BIM. Where generative design meets BIM automation.

Explore parametric design variants with Rhino’s Grasshopper through BricsCAD® BIM, a strong .dwg based BIM platform. Move from concept to BIM in a fresh new way, with the unique combination of Rhino, Grasshopper, and BricsCAD® BIM. This seamless integration will take your generative design and free-form modeling to new levels. Discover how the Rhino.Inside® BricsCAD® BIM workflow enables you to create and iterate free-form or generative designs. Then transform your design into a data-rich Building Information Model from within your Grasshopper script. Or complete your workflow with integrated AI tools, such as BIMIFY that do the work with the click of a button. Join us to experience design freedom with a 3D workflow, not limited by pre-defined parts or library components.

Speaker: Fleur Dooms, BricsCAD BIM product specialist, brings her natural talent and enthusiasm for technology to Bricsys. Her passion is to pass on her expertise to anyone who even considers saying the word “BIM” and she is constantly looking for innovation and improvements. If you ever need someone to listen to your next great BIM or generative design idea, feel free to drop her a line!

Watch the presentation on youtube live on July 29th at 5 PM CEST... 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pick your favorite


After a semester of learning Computational Design with Grasshopper and digital fabrication with Rhino, students at the RhinoFabStudio at TEC de Monterrey in Guadalajara have submitted their final project. All projects illustrate the approach of continuous learning by Tec Monterrey and Rhino3D.Education

These students have worked hard on creating these outstanding Generative Jewelry final projects. Please vote for your favorite one here!

To watch the full videos of the projects, visit this link!
To check out the Computational Design course, visit this link!

Are you interested in learning Grasshopper? The Computational Design with Grasshopper course is available in English and Spanish.

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ClimateStudio v1.3 is here!

ClimateStudio v1.3 is here! ClimateStudio is environmental performance analysis software for the architecture,  engineering, and construction (AEC) sector. Its simulation workflows help designers and consultants optimize buildings for energy efficiency, daylight access, electric lighting performance, visual and thermal comfort, and other measures of occupant health. 

ClimateStudio is a plugin for Rhinoceros and requires the latest service release of version 6 or 7.

ClimateStudio v1.3 features include new weather search tools, interactive climate data visualizations, hourly radiation maps, and more. Get the latest release.

ClimateStudio is free for academic use, too!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The evolving history of La Sagrada Familia: From ashes to masterpiece

If you have traveled to Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia was most likely on your must-see list. Started in 1882, the unique and ever-evolving church has a fascinating construction history.

In the 1990s, when we out-of-towners first visited La Sagrada Familia, it was roofless with a few volunteer contractors milling around. It appeared to be a project destined to creep along in our lifetimes. But instead, it has achieved phenomenal progress and engineering design.

ArchDaily documented a nice history of the building of the Sagrada Familia.

It's now functioning as a church, with a projected finish date of 2026. 

The Sagrada Familia is still a must-see.

From Handcrafted Stone to 3D Printing: The Technological and Material Evolution of Gaudí's Sagrada Familia...

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Rhino 7 + Grasshopper Spanish Workshop


LimaUno is offering its 5th season workshop for architecture students and related professionals, Rhinoceros 7 + Grasshopper. During this course, students will learn about explicit modeling from NURBS, Mesh to advanced SubD, parametric modeling with Grasshopper and Pufferfish, Physics Simulation and Analysis with Kangaroo and G-code generation, 3D printer hacking with Silkworm, and Firefly-Kinect data analysis.

There are no requirements for previous experience for this course; participants will begin with the basics and end the class with advanced concepts and tools.

The course is in Spanish via Zoom. 

Dates: July 29–August 26, 2021
Fee: 300.00PEN (US$85.00 +VAT, if applicable) (Volume discount available)
Language: Spanish (International students with basic-intermediate Spanish level can apply)
Location: Lima-Peru - Live-streamed via Zoom

Questions? Contact estudio.lima.uno@gmail.com

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

New DesignMorphine webinars (in September 2021)

DesignMorphine announces these new webinars in September 2021:

Tutor: Daniel Caven

Residual Digital V1.0 will investigate the emergence of digital anomalies created from simple form-finding techniques. The course will include a brief intro to Rhino 7 SubD tools and simple Grasshopper form-finding definitions—the generated forms will be used as the design figure to be distorted and broken up. We explore many different variations to simple modeling in Rhino and dissecting the models in Grasshopper. The decimated forms are then populated with different geometries, orientations, and arrangements to exploit dimensional artifacts. Tools explored are component models, block modeling, and parametric sculpting. A semi-reversed process of design will be used to create and build digital scenarios. Finally, the designs will be brought in Lumion, where participants will learn to add scene elements such as sun, grass, trees, weather, and other elements. These can be beautifully rendered to encompass an overall completed scene with the accumulated digital artifacts. After participation, individuals will be comfortable with some basics to intermediate skills in Grasshopper, Rhino SubD skills, and Lumion basics to create multiple designs and a scene in which they can render their final models.

Tutor: Marvin Bratke

Procedural Assemblies V2.0 aims to develop a scalable, reversible, and modular architecture system from a kit of parts primarily with Grasshopper's Wasp plugin. The webinar will investigate nnovative design approaches and project visualization with Escape to create assembly-based construction systems from discrete voxel logic. Using the research in reconfigurable material solutions and scalable timber construction lead to proposals for innovative spatial strategies for environments and communities of the digital age. We will investigate modular building blocks, advances in low-cost and low-tech pre-fab construction and their representation. Methods of digital reassembly and the creation of novel building systems and aggregation logics will be explored using generative design tools. The resulting architectural and computational bottom-up strategies for reversible building systems will lay out manufacturing and economic processes to support the system. Computational logic is applied to allow design solutions built up upon generative and flexible planning parameters. Ultimately, the designs propose a scenario to use our digital toolset and architectural design thinking to establish new design workflows for providing affordable and socially sustainable spaces.

Tutor: Sovona Ghatak

Anexact Aescapes V.1 will explore the advanced digital modeling techniques to generate complex architectural compositions. 'Anexact' architectural objects resist being reduced to pure geometric forms. These 
ambiguous, irreducible, and rigorous objects embrace the immense qualities that exist in any form. The multiple techniques and operations can be leveraged in the conceptual stage of any project. The explorations will wrap several frames, and we will dive deeper into the notion of how newer properties appear when autonomous architectural masses interact with each other. Participants will learn to develop models that speculate on various qualities of articulations and the interaction of masses. Rather than using a sketch as an end goal, we use it as a starting point and then take it forward while developing a 3D composition, seeing how far we can go with it using a series of simple compounded operations in Rhinoceros. The webinar will demonstrate how to take full advantage of manual modeling in Rhinoceros to create complex geometries you might not believe could be manually designed without parametric tools.

Follow the links for complete info and registration...

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Rhino online workshops in Spanish by Darco

   Learn Rhino with Darco's online workshop

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. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: July 19 - 23, 2021 - Online
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD $380

Rhino Advanced

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. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: July 26-30, 2021 - Online
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD $380

Questions? Contact Alejandro del Razo
at alejandro.delrazo@darco.com.mx

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Generative Design in the clouds webinar by Parametric Solutions


Rhino3D.Education invites you to a free webinar led by Parametric Solutions, a Swedish startup company that works on parametric design. 

Join us to learn how to use Rhino compute as an enabler for generative design in the cloud. They will demonstrate how they integrated Rhino app server, Mapbox, and data visualization libraries to create a SaaS platform for generative design.

The webinar will be held in English. 

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time: 11:00 am (EST)

Open to the public with prior registration. You will receive an email with the webinar’s link on the day of the event.

We keep recordings of our webinars so that you can replay or watch on your own time!

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel at lucia@mcneel.com

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Parametric Design Webinar (August)

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, you can choose Option 2. 

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 Days / 16 hours in total: Start 16 August 2021 
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours in total: Start 23 August 2021 

Time Zone: CET / Berlin Germany Time 

Language: English

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

Complete details, registration, and webinar link...

Friday, July 2, 2021

Photopia for Rhino - Optical design software

LTI Optics is proud to announce Photopia for Rhino optical design software.  

For over 25 years, engineers have trusted Photopia for their illumination and non-imagining optical simulations, and now those tools are available directly inside of Rhino. 

The easy-to-use CAD system, superior surfacing tools, and Grasshopper programming language complement the simulation capabilities of Photopia.  Optical engineers can use sources and materials from LTI Optic's extensive library to setup accurate simulations of a wide range of optical systems, including architectural lighting, roadway lighting, medical devices, optical sensors, industrial UV curing and disinfection, light pipes, solar collection, aerospace, and automotive lighting, among many others.

Details and download on food4Rhino....

AEC Tech | Summer 2021 (Virtual Event) - July 8-12, 2021

AEC Tech | Summer 2021 (July 8-12) is a Thornton Tomasetti | CORE studio event for a five-day experience for professionals in the AEC industry and beyond! This special summer event partnership with Grimshaw Architects, KPF, and Simply Rhino UK sparked from the design community in London and is open to the whole world.

AEC doesn’t (and shouldn’t) exist as an entity separate from other industries but intersects a wide—and growing—range of practices and disciplines. By acknowledging the challenges and goals diverse industries have in common, reaching beyond traditional boundaries, and sharing effective solutions, we can develop symbiotic relationships that benefit individuals and organizations in our and neighboring fields.

AEC Tech Summer 2021 aims to nurture these relationships and foster technologies that work beyond the confines of any single industry.

Join the workshops, hackathon, and symposium!

Industry leaders: Grimshaw Architects, Thornton Tomasetti | CORE studio, ShapeDiver, KPF, McNeel, MKS DTECH | MKS BEAM

Technologies: AEC interoperability, Rhino.Inside, Unity Reflect, Revit, Grasshopper, ShapeDiver, BEAM, VR, CORE apps, Rhino.Compute, Python, and more!

*The Speaker Presentations on July 12 are free.

**AEC Tech event is free for students. Please contact the organization for a promo code.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Food4Rhino webinar: The Essential Guide to Digital Jewelry Design - July 7 at 4 PM CEST

Join the authors Akiyo Matsuoka, Atsuo Nakajima, and Eva Tucek for an intro to their new book, The Essential Guide to Digital Jewelry Design, and open dialogue with them.

The Essential Guide to Digital Jewelry Design is a bilingual exercise book, in Japanese and English, that introduces the world of CAD Jewelry Design using Rhino —the most versatile 3D modeling program—and the Grasshopper plugin which is integrated into the newest versions of Rhino. With the help of Grasshopper algorithms, you can create modeling procedures easily, enable simulations, modify, iterate and find better results by manipulating parameters.

The book helps you understand how to recreate your jewelry designs on the computer using these latest computational design techniques, teaching tips and tricks to achieve specific results, and generally maximize your workflow and possibilities. Learn to build both simple and complex designs, and use the tips to extend your knowledge base for more advanced 3D Jewelry modeling.


Akiyo Matsuoka is a jewelry designer, faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Founder of Leona NY 3D printed jewelry. She is passionate about exploring computational design and expanding new viewpoints across disciplines, encouraging forward-thinking and applying experimental, innovative approaches to design. She retailed her fine jewelry collection, Akiyo Matsuoka, internationally, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Takashimaya NY, Lane Crawford Hong Kong. She is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and adviser for design professionals. Her clients are in jewelry and other design fields (Tiffany & Co., Ralph Lauren, Movado Group, Macy’s Parade and Entertainment Group, West Elm, US Air Force to name a few).


Eva Tucek is a jewelry designer and teacher living in Paris, France. She consults designers on producing their collections and works with the family studio in Vienna and their factory in Bangkok to manufacture collections and bespoke pieces for both retailers and private collectors. Her jewelry training was an informal one, growing up in South Africa and spending a lot of time in the workshop of her mother, who is an accomplished goldsmith, playing with metal and precious stones. She learned to make little pieces for friends and family at an early age. More frequently now, she focuses on jewelry rendering and architectural projects.


Atsuo Nakajima is a 3D digital modeling expert specializing in Material Sciences in Tokyo. Atsuo’s graduation thesis was on Quantum Chemistry, and he also studied oil and acrylic painting. He has a strong background in physical science and is knowledgeable on freeform shaping with digital modeling. After years of experience with Rhino, Atsuo provided consultation work for product designers and design departments of various companies based on his expertise in computational modeling methods and freeform modeling. He has published several books and thesis regarding digital design and modeling to date. In 2014 Atsuo was named the winning candidate of the Toyama Design Competition. He is also a member of the Japanese Society for the Science of Design, a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan, and a lecturer at the Musashino Art University, in the Department of Science of Design.


Lands Design 5.5 now available

If you are a landscape architect, urban planner, town council technician, constructor, or green space designer Lands Design for Rhino is the software you might be looking for. This plugin provides tools for producing technical drawings in 2D and 3D, realistic images, virtual tours through your project, and a lot more.

Lands Design 5.5 is available now, including these new features:

  • Building ImportIn addition to the terrain, select an area, extract the 3D shape using Lands Design, and import existing buildings into Rhino.
  • Topiary ToolYour 3D shapes in Rhino can be covered with natural plant leaves using the Topiary Tool. Assign a plant texture to any 3D shape, and Lands Design will automatically list the number of plants in your project.
  • Forests from Hatch PatternsEasily convert your hatch pattern areas to a 3D forest with indicated plant species and natural variation.

Details and download...

Saturday, June 26, 2021

BIM for Architecture with VisualARQ (Spanish)

Academia COMGRAP is hosting a BIM for Architecture with VisualARQ Webinar live-stream for free!

This workshop is aimed at architects in BIM technology who seek to operate with "licenses under perpetual modality with free choice updates as periods", of high ease of use, without spatial restrictions, parametric and with all the strengths of IFC export as to Revit.

Workshop's Objective:

✔ VisualARQ tools that make it BIM.
✔ Reference user cases.
✔ You design in 3D without spatial restrictions, and you get 2D online planimetry.
✔ You design free, buildable shapes (Grasshopper).
✔ Base library as customizable on furniture objects and elements.
✔ Animation, realtime tour, and photo-realistic rendering.
✔ Expansion to "Green Infrastructure or Landscaping" in BIM with Lands Design.
✔ Operation requirements for VisualARQ: Software and Hardware Platform.

The is course is available for free in Spanish via Zoom

Dates: June 29, 2021, at 12 pm
Location: Santiago, Chile - Live stream via Zoom

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Rhino3D.Education summer learning bundles

Join Rhino3D.Education the community to learn and enrich your knowledge in Rhino!

Let's welcome the summer with these great online summer bundles to learn Rhino, Grasshopper, and GhPython. Upon completion, you will obtain a certificate of attendance.

Check out the courses included in each bundle:

Bundle 1: Free - Register here!
- Introducción a Rhino 6 y 7
- Introducción a SubD
- SudoHopper3D
- GhPython Introduction 

Bundle 2: Free Register here!
- Rhino 6 and 7 Introduction
- SubD Introduction
- SudoHopper3D
- GhPython Introduction 

Bundle 3: $29.95  (70% Off) Register here!
- Rhino 6 y 7 Intermedio
- Diseño Computacional
- GhPython - Dive Deeper
- Paneling Tools

Bundle 4: $29.95 (70% Off) Register here!
- Rhino 6 and 7 Intermediate
- Computational Design
- GhPython - Dive Deeper
- Paneling Tools

We hope you enjoy our free bundles and take advantage of the Intermediate Bundle prices offered at more than 70% off!

Bundles expire July 31, 2021. 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2Shapes for Rhino - new jewelry plugin

From the founder and product manager of RhinoGold, Rafael del Molino, and the 2Shapes team, the new 2Shapes for Rhino is the most intuitive jewelry design and fabrication software on the market.

2Shapes for Rhino aims to solve all the jewelry design needs they have learned over the past 15 years.

Intuitive Parametric
One of the most powerful features is the intuitive parametric. It allows you to change any property of your design, from finger size, gem, profile, including the prong thickness. Simplicity is a must; for that reason, you don’t need to worry about complexities and focus on the results, the perfect design!

User Interface
Working comfortably and efficiently is a priority, that is why 2Shapes offers several interfaces: side, top, light, or dark. You can switch between them with one click. Also, all features are available in the standard Rhino interface.

The Best Builders
Design effectiveness, as in business, is necessary for such a competitive sector. For that reason, the builders are faster to create what you need in seconds. There are more than ten builders: shanks, gem sets, and smart components; please check the feature list for extra details.

Unmatched Libraries
2Shapes for Rhino offers the possibility of starting your design from zero or selecting one of the more than 2000 elements at your disposal and, based on it, change what you need and apply your style. The list of elements is updated every week!

Render Images and Videos
Creating photorealistic images from a 3D model will help your customers better understand your designs and thus increase your business. The easy and fast tools will leave your customers with their mouths open.

Realtime Pricing
Are you interested in having precise control of the costs of your design? 2Shapes offers the possibility of seeing weights and costs during design! Precision in modeling and pricing!

Ready for Print
2Shapes for Rhino offers tools to analyze and repair STL files for 3D Printing. 2Shapes for Rhino has a direct connection with the most 3D printer software as Preform, Anycubic,…

Monday, June 21, 2021

GRIDDLE - new volume mesher for Rhino

Griddle provides automatic, interactive, and easy-to-use surface meshing tools and volume mesh generation capabilities. 

Meshes created by Griddle can be imported into various numerical simulation software, including FLAC3D/3DEC, ABAQUS, ANSYS, NASTRAN, and LS-DYNA. 

Griddle is a commercial product with free demo version available. 
It can be installed for Rhino 3D versions 6 and 7 (Windows platform).

Griddle has been designed to address meshing needs primarily in the fields of civil, mining, geotechnical and petroleum engineering. However, Griddle is a general meshing software and it can produce volume meshes for variety of applications requiring Finite Element, Finite Volume, Discrete Element analyses or other types of numerical modelling.

Griddle's volume meshers are capable of creating:
  • Fully structured, fully conformal, hexahedral volume meshes based on Rhino solids.
  • Unstructured, fully conformal, hex-dominant or tetrahedral volume meshes based on surface meshes.
In addition, Griddle provides powerful capabilities to work with surface meshes, such as mesh clean-up and repair, conformal intersections, re-meshing, extraction, extrusion, extension, etc.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

xNURBS Rhino plugin V5.113 released

xNURBS announces the availability of Version 5.113, and V4/V5 customers can get a free upgrade to V5.113. V5.113 includes several enhancements. The most important improvement is that V5.113 significantly reduces the deviation, and for some models, the deviation achieved by V5.113 can be easily ten times smaller than the previous versions. The following is a short answer to Why xNURBS?.

Key features of xNURBS:

  • Unlimited capacities for solving NURBS: Its optimization algorithm can solve virtually any NURBS surface in a matter of milliseconds (regardless of how complex the constraints are.).

  • High-quality surfaces: For a given set of constraints, xNURBS’ optimization algorithm uses an energy-minimization method to generate the smoothest NURBS surface among all possible solutions. The generated surface quality is outstanding.

  • xNURBS is one super powerful NURBS tool that virtually fixes all surfacing issues for existing CAD software.

  • Easy-to-use: It uses a straightforward UI for all kinds of NURBS modeling.

  • Super robust: xNURBS is rock solid and works flawlessly. 

  • Native CAD surfaces: xNURBS is based on NURBS, i.e., the native CAD surfaces, which can be directly used for CAD modeling operations without any geometry translation.

More information...

MPDA BarcelonaTech Information Session - June 28, 2021

Andrés Flajszer

The Master Parametric Design in Architecture of UPC School in Barcelona is a unique opportunity to critically review computational design towards a more challenging and self-demanding commitment to environmental constraints.

MPDA is an international program that seeks to teach and explore technology efficiency. It is oriented to integrating computational tools and digital manufacturing technology in building systems and architectural design. 

MPDA focuses in:
  • Design and optimization of lightweight building systems, mainly through form-finding processes, including tensile architecture
  • Generation of efficient form by efficient means: guiding computational thinking and tools to the simplification of processes and material efficiency
  • Integration with professional workflows and industrial standards, although keeping a wide space for experimentation, research, and industry-oriented innovation
This 60 ECTS one-year intense master's degree offers a comprehensive approach training in advanced architectural creation, oriented to efficiency in buildings and commitment to the environment. The course opens with practical digital and physical workshops on parametric software, geometry, and numerical control machines, solving real problems in complex architectural design. The second semester explores real applications through performance-driven design to create interaction and synergies between parametric design and other disciplines such as BIM, urban design, planning, construction, structures, installations, services and climate to obtain more efficient and sustainable results.

It's taught in English at the UPC Barcelona Metropolitan School of Architecture, where its Model Workshop, Digital Laboratory and Technology and Innovation Research Team CODA supports students exploring all the possibilities of parametric design. Students will benefit from a Rhinoceros license during the master, apart from intensive workshops on the most powerful specific plugins and topics: Kangaroo2, Octopus, Karamba, K2Eng, Kiwi3D, Millipede, Honeybee, among others. The program is well known for its intense series of lectures and workshops with internationally leading experts on computation and construction.

MPDA2022 is blended learning: 10 months online and 1 stage phase of 1 month intense Barcelona Experience

Register now for an information session that will be held at 02:30 PM CET on Monday 28-06-2021.

Ph.D. positions at ICD, Uni Stuttgart

The chair for Computing in Architecture, led by Tenure-Track Prof. Thomas Wortmann at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, invites applications for two open positions.

The positions are associated with the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) and offer the opportunity for a (publication-based) Ph.D.

Grasshopper skills are a must, skills with C# or the Grasshopper—Archicad Live Connection preferred.

Find out more here!

Work with VisualARQ Grasshopper styles in Revit with Rhino.Inside

This video (tutorial) shows how to work with the VisualARQ Grasshopper styles (VisualARQ objects driven by Grasshopper definitions) in Revit running VisualARQ inside Revit.

This connection lets you work with the VisualARQ parametric objects directly in Revit, which are generated as Revit’s Furniture object types.

This workflow is possible with the VisualARQ Grasshopper components, which let you retrieve the geometry and data of VisualARQ objects and connect them with the Revit components (available in Grasshopper with the Rhino.Inside tool), and thus regenerate all geometry and data live in Revit, as native Revit Furniture object types.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Obsidian Rain pavilion at the Biennale in Venice | 17th International Architecture Exhibition


The Obsidian Rain pavilion is one of the main attractions of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, which was opened to the public on May 22nd.

In this opportunity, the exhibition deals with the theme How will we live together?, which brings many interesting and multidisciplinary collaborations. 

The Obsidian Rain pavilion is a non-standard project designed by Cave_Bureau, using a combination of technologies: FEM structural analysis, Parametric Design, and Augmented Reality. The result is simply amazing, and it's located at the entrance of Biennale Gardens. 

Inside the installation, the cave ceiling is created by 1686 Obsidian stones hung on steel ropes with different lengths. The scope is to recreate the entrance of the cave that was laser scanned.

Grasshopper was one of the main tools needed to make this project happen:

"The interoperability between the structural analysis software (RFEM) and the algorithmic modeling software (Rhino + Grasshopper) was crucial. This synergy allowed the efficient management of a large amount of data through an algorithm that updated the FEM model during the various modifications and made it possible to extract the lengths (all different) of the 1686 cables sorted by rows".