Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Utzon(x) Summer School: Unfolding Utzon

Utzon (x) Architecture Summer School Utzon Center – Aalborg, Denmark
August 19-30, 2013

The aim of the summer school is to explore new approaches to design in the line of Utzon's work, by extending his design principles with the use of computational techniques in a parametric design environment. The summer school is a hands-on learning environment, where theoretical knowledge is coupled with physical and digital design assignments related to the theme.

We will be working in the Utzon Center throughout the summer school. From the studies and prototypes developed by participants a 1:1 folded reciprocal canopy will be created and constructed to cover a large part of the Utzon Center courtyard.

Please send 2x A4 pages, including letter of interest (5-10 lines), 1-2 reference projects of previous work and contact details to Lasse Andersson ( before May 1st.

Rhino, Grasshopper and Kangaroo for a Magic Garden

‘The Magic Garden’ installation by Mamou-Mani is part of the Regent Sreet Windows Project 2013 organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It has been designed with Rhino, Grasshopper and Kangaroo to animate and seamlessly link all the windows of the store with one beautiful fluid form. By using both digital and physical techniques, the architect has shaped light-diffusing polyamide mesh fabric to maximise its structural qualities and interact with the mannequins. The result reflects the precision of both tailoring and architecture as well as the colour and lightness of the Karen Millen SS13 collection.

Structural Geometry workshop – Salerno, Italy

Structural Geometry
Digital | Physical | Resilient
June 26-30, 2013 Salerno, Italy

This workshop aims to promote a better integrated architectural/engineering design paradigm, where spatial and formal exploration is informed since its early stage of development by the analysis of building performances, both structural and environmental.

The workshop, held within the context of the international events NEWITALIANBLOOD ARCTEC, is open to architects, engineers, designers, both professionals and students.

The workshop focuses on shape and geometric optimization of structures, such as shells and grid-shells which will be designed incorporating fabrication constraints. Digital models will be validated through prototypes built using 3D printed components, plastic tubes and cable ties and combination of them. Prototypes of selected designs developed over the workshop will be included in the main public exhibition of the international events NEWITALIANBLOOD ARCTEC, which will be held in Salerno, Pontecagnano, Ravello and Cava dei Tirreni in May/June 2013.

Workshop runners : Gennaro Senatore | Daniel Piker

The base CAD software is Rhino 5 and Grasshopper.

The workshop will be held in Italian and English.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bongo 2 Beta 17 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2 animation plug-in for Rhino 4 and 5.
This is the 17th Beta version of Bongo 2 for Rhino 4 and 5.
The beta is open for all Rhino users!

Download Bongo 2 Beta 17 from here.

Coverings 2013 - Atlanta, GA

Are you attending the Coverings 2013 trade show in Atlanta, GA?
If so, come by and see the Prodim USA team show what the
Proliner digitizer and Rhino 5 can do.

When: April 29th - May 2nd
Where: Georgia World Congress Center - Halls B & C
Booth: 6144

Monday, April 22, 2013

AA Visiting School at Barcelona


BODEGA, Enological Metabolism
ETSAB-UPC BarcelonaTech, Barcelona
Friday – Friday, July 12-26, 2013

BODEGA, Enological Metabolism workshop is the first AA School of Architecture, Visiting School organized in Barcelona.

Relying on digital diagramming and mapping, we will unfold the metabolism of wine production and dissect techniques and technologies involved in the processes. Underlining the characteristics of time information and feedback, we will recognize the potential of the use of Control Systems as an essential design tool. Equipped with analogic or digital tools, students will record quantitative information onsite to understand the variable factors that can influence wine quality. The object of this preliminary phase will be the creation of a series of drawings using digital tools to work on the cartographical representation of the mappings. Concluding the research, we will address the spatial and organizational attributes of the process to envisage, through the production of drawings, digital and physical models, potential architectural solutions for a contemporary bodega. The results will be presented on the last day of the course to a multidisciplinary panel of experts from the architecture and enological world in a public presentation.

The deadline for applications is June 14, 2013.
Online applications:
PDF application form request by email:

Directors: Edouard Cabay, Carles Sala
Coordinators: Pablo Ros, Relja Ferusic
Professors: Edouard Cabay, Carles Sala, Pablo Ros, Relja Ferusic, Mar Santamaría, Anna Ramos

Web site:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

DesignX at ICFF 2013, May 18-21

DesignX: Learning at the Intersection of Design + Technology
May 18-21, 2013
ICFF 2013 - Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

After a successful series of workshops at the facades+ Performance event last week, The Architect's Newspaper and Mode Collective invite you to join them for a second series of workshops. Learn about technology trends that are revolutionizing design today - digital tools, fabrication on-demand, cloud-based apps.
Workshops include:
  • 3D Printed Fabrics: Modeling Interlocking Elements with Rhino 
  • Intro to Physical Computing for Designers (Arduino)
  • Interactive Modeling: Responsive Design with Firefly
  • Parametric Design: Visual Programming with Grasshopper
  • Hands-on Desktop Prototyping for Designers
  • Plus many more
Sign up for one, some or all!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New tutorials from Black Spectacles

Black Spectacles - Helping you learn the software to make world-class architecture and design.

  - Video tutorials you can watch anytime.
  - Learn from experts at leading design firms.
  - Built for architects and designers.

Rhino tutorials...
Grasshopper tutorials...
RhinoScript tutorials...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Organic inspiration

Using the concept of a whale's backbone Canadian architect Andrew McConnell has created the Vertebrae Staircase, modeled entirely in Rhino and T-Splines.

Helping kids with motor deficits - Utalca, Chile

The objective is to create a space for conducting multimodal training activities especially touch, proprioceptive and vestibular. The configuration of the surface should allow kids to perform activities graded from simple movements to complex sequences of movements requiring the action of the whole body; satisfying a need and providing a space for recreation, play, and development of the locomotor system and sensory integration.

Based on sections, which generate peaks and depressions, Francisco Javier Lara Bastidas, an architectural student from Universidad de Talca in Chile, constructed a three-dimensional field called "Manto Topográfico" (Topographic Mantle). He was able to develop his project thanks to Rhino and Grasshopper which where used to model, measure, classify, optimize and organize the materials, so he could deliver his digital parametric designed structure.

For more details (in Spanish), please click here.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

TEC de Monterrey - Guadalajara is a new RhinoFabStudio

Please join us in welcoming TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY - Campus Guadalajara as a new Authorized RhinoFabStudioThey are a higher education institution that educates students to become responsible citizens who trigger the development of their communities. They promote in their students humanistic values, an international perspective, and an entrepreneurial culture.  Tecnológico de Monterrey is present throughout Mexico with 31 campuses and in several other countries through their own sites and liaison offices.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? A 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.

Friday, April 12, 2013

How to make a sci-fi film for $40,000

Wired Design interviewed Otto Stockmeier the day after he and Derek Van Gorder released their science fiction short film, C (299,792 km/s). Stockmeier discusses how their movie was made with limited resources, raising money on Kickstarter and using basic film making tools available to most everyone. 

Rhino was used for the modeling. When modeler Charles Adams came on board to build the spaceship, he started with the 3D Sketchup model used for the Kickstarter campaign. He rebuild it in Rhino, refined it and added more details. More important to the filmmakers was that with the Rhino model Charles was able to break the model down into pieces for a base kit of laser cut parts, generating accurate shapes for laser printing. 

ArquiBio Workshop in Coimbra University

ArquiBio 2013 – Coimbra, Portugal – May 13-18
ArquiBio is a series of international lectures and workshops on topics of architecture and design linked with the Bio-Logic. It is intended to allow lecturers and visiting scholars to obtain a convergence between current Bio-Logical and Architectural knowledge, bringing light to recent advances in this field.

The workshop agenda includes lectures of Rhino, Grasshopper, Galapagos, Kangaroo, Rabbit, etc.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Upcoming training and events in South Africa

SimplyRhino South Africa is pleased to announce the following Rhino User Meetings and Rhino trainings in 2013:

RHINO 5 LEVEL ONE 2 DAY COURSE - CAPE TOWN Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd April, 9 am to 4 pm
RHINO USER GROUP - CAPE TOWN Thursday 20th June, 4 pm – 6 pm
RHINO 5 LEVEL ONE 2 DAY COURSE - CAPE TOWN Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th July, 9 am – 4 pm
RHINO USER GROUP - JOHANNESBURG Tuesday 25th June, 4 pm to 6 pm
Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June, 9 am to 4 pm 
RHINO USER GROUP - JOHANNESBURG Tuesday 4th September, 4 pm to 6 pm
Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September, 9 am to 4 pm

Group sizes are limited.
Please register by email to Cathy

Job opening at One to One

A passion for precision

One to One specializes in bespoke geometric computation, precision 3D-CAD construction, integrative CAM fabrication and innovative R&D at all scales.
One to One is always looking for motivated and talented programmers with Rhino, RhinoScript and/or OpenNurbs experience.

Neon 1.0 now available

Neon in the viewport

Neon 1.0 is now available as a free download for all registered Rhino 5 users.

Neon is a realtime, fully ray-traced viewport plugin for Rhino 5.  Developed in collaboration with Caustic Professional, Neon adds a new working viewport mode called Raytraced with Neon. There's almost no other UI. It just works.

Neon helps a designer to quickly evaluate and establish the form, color, texture, lighting, and material requirements of a scene, very early on, without interruption.  Realtime high dynamic range reflections, transparency, high-quality sky lighting, true procedural texturesall rendered in realtime, right into the Rhino viewport, as you work.

Neon also supports the Caustic Series2  ray tracing accelerator boards to deliver up to 4x the performance.

And best of all, Neon is free!

If you haven’t already done so, sign up and join the Neon group, download Neon, and start using it in Rhino 5 today!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

PointCrowd: Rhino.Python workshop

PointCrowd: Python Scripting Workshop
May 11-12
Brooklyn, NY

Rhino 5 is here and with it comes the ability to script in Python! In this weekend workshop, attendees will learn how to start producing useful, creative, and interesting scripts on their own. Python is a simple and intuitive programming language, no previous coding experience is necessary for this course, just a familiarity with Rhino.

CH+D Emerging Designers Award

Showroom 383 Hair Salon in Mill Valley 

Rachael Yu and Aaron Taylor Harvey are forging their own path in architecture, interiors, and graphic design. In 2011 they founded Myriad Harbor in San Francisco, a partnership between the two recent graduates of the California College of the Arts.

Myriad Harbor works exclusively in Rhino, including construction drawings, layouts, and renderings.

Now, the magazine California Home and Design (CH+D) has awarded the two designers their prize for 2013 Emerging Designer.

CH+D grants awards in 10 categories to California-based design professionals.

Building Dynamics Symposium, April 26-27

Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change
Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2013
Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

This two-day, international symposium will feature speakers from around the globe addressing the relationship between architecture and environment. Registration includes admission to all sessions. Sign up today!

Organized by the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID)
Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

Neon, real time viewport raytracing for Rhino 5

Neon, the free fully raytraced viewport plug-in for Rhino 5, is up to 4 times faster with the new Caustic ray tracing accelerator PC boards.

The Caustic R2500 board for high-end workstations is US$1,495. The Caustic R2100, intended for upgrading a wider range of mid-range and higher workstations, is US$795.

For more details, see the article in Desktop Engineering.

To try the new cards, stop by the Caustic stand (44) at Develop3D Live in Coventry, England on 16 April 2013.

Composites in Architecture

Learn about using composites to realize your design at this one-day conference in Denver, May 15.

Greg Lynn is the keynote speaker. There is also a great group of speakers who will help designers understand the "nuts and bolts" issues related to FRP materials fabrication.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Python Scripting for Rhino Workshop–Barcelona

Python Scripting for Rhino Workshop in Barcelona / 15-17 May 2013

Instructors: Marina Konstantatou (University College London), Pierluigi D'Acunto (ETH Zurich), Vincenzo Reale (Zaha Hadid Architects + Architectural Association London), Giancarlo Torpiano (Architectural Association London)
*At least two tutors will be present during the workshop
Language: English
Schedule: 15-17 May 2013 // 9.00 – 18.00
Organizers: SMD + LaTiendaDelCAD + PeQuod
Venue: McNeel Europe Offices, c/ Roger de Flor 32-34, 08018 Barcelona (map)
Computational design, or more specifically the use of digital generative and evaluative tools for architectural design, has been heralded as the new paradigm in architecture for the last decade. Digital design techniques coupled with rapid prototyping have permeated architectural education and practice at all levels. But, besides the endless rhetoric and baseless forms, what can these methods actually contribute to the field? What is the scope of their use?
This Python workshop seeks to answer these questions by investigating surfaces, surface mathematics and manipulations, and using this investigation to introduce students to the issues of design and fabrication of artifacts.
The workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts for design utilizing scripting techniques, through the exploration of the Python language for Rhino.

Rhino and Grasshopper training in Bucharest


The Rhinoceros and Grasshopper courses aim to provide young architects and designers with the opportunity to complement their skills and knowledge in digital three-dimensional modeling.
This series of courses is designed to provide tailored learning modules for each level. The courses are divided into four modules of 24 hours each. The beginner modules represent an introduction for the Rhino modeling environment and Grasshopper parametric design. The advanced ones are aiming to extend the modeling techniques and visual programming skills already acquired. Courses will be structured to provide both theoretical foundations behind a precise and efficient modeling, and practical exercises.
By covering the full range of courses, architects and designers without prior knowledge about Rhino modeling environment, will acquire three-dimensional modeling and parametric design skills with application in the professional practice.
The course series consists of two parts, one dedicated to beginners and one for the advanced. At the end of each part, there will be a workshop organized for those who would have graduated from each part’s Grasshopper module. These workshops will apply knowledge gained from courses and will be geared towards hands-on experience in 3D modeling and digital fabrication of designed objects. The results of the workshops will be exhibited in Bucharest Architecture Annual.
Module 01 / Rhinoceros beginners (24 h)
April 5-20, 2013
Fri: 16-20  -  Sat: 10-14

Module 02 / Grasshopper  beginners (24 h)
May 10–25, 2013
Fri: 16-20  -  Sat: 10-14

Module 02 Workshop
June 14-16, 2013
All day: 10 - 18

Module 03 / Rhinoceros intermediate & advanced (24 h)
Sept 6–21, 2013
Fri: 16-20  -  Sat: 10-14

Module 04 / Grasshopper intermediate & advanced (24 h)
Oct 4–19, 2013
Fri: 16-20  -  Sat: 10-14

Module 04 Workshop
Nov 1-3, 2013
All day: 10 – 18

Language:  Romanian
Organized by:  OAR Bucureşti – Romanian Order of Architects, Bucharest Branch
Trainers: Ionuț Anton, idz arhitectura  (ART-Authorised Rhino Trainer)
Daniela Tănase, idz arhitectura  (ART-Authorised Rhino Trainer)

Footbridge designed in Grasshopper

Cyprus Competition:
2011 - 1st Award
Architect: Elina Pattichi
Client: The Municipality of Pafos City
This proposal for a footbridge on the Tasos Papadopoulos Avenue won the first prize in the competition in Pafos, Cyprus.

The design of the footbridge ensures safe pedestrian and cyclist circulation between the adjacent schools and the residential areas. It also creates a public landmark for this problematic boundary between the adjacent neighborhoods because of the wide avenue.

The unique characteristic of this proposal is that the construction method aims to integrate the bridge’s circulation with the support system of the footbridge. The stairs and the ramps become an integral part of the footbridge support system and are sculpted together with the main horizontal deck (95 meters long and 3-6 meters wide). So the footbridge behaves as a curved cantilever. This sculpting method is highlighted by the transformation of the landscape as the bridge foundation pushes the ground to create the steps and sitting areas on the ground. The circulation on the ground determines the landscape design with sitting areas.

In the middle of the bridge, the corridor becomes wider while the hole pattern becomes denser. This gradient of the pattern is a result of Grasshopper which aims to highlight in a macro-scale the circulation intersection in the middle of the bridge and in a micro-scale the position of the holes on the metallic panels which decrease the panel’s heat capacity, weight and wind loads and create positions for the lighting on the ground.

The bridge was modelled in Grasshopper.

Workshops at facades+ PERFORMANCE, April 12

It's not too late! Seats are still available in the technology workshops at the facades+ PERFORMANCE conference. Workshops will be held on April 12 at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. Symposium* will take place on April 11.

Workshops include:
Note: Workshops are eligible for 8 LU AIA CE credits.

*Use promo code "RhinoFacades" and receive a discount on your Symposium registration.

Rhino 5 SR2 Released

Rhino 5 Service Release 2 (SR2), built 28-Mar-2013 is now available.

Hundreds of stability improvements and bug fixes are included in SR2.

Rhino will download Service Release Updates in the background and prompt you to install, or you can download manually.

RhinoGold and Rhino: Intro to Jewellery Design Seminar

The best jewelry model making systems are coming to the Canadian Jewellers Association - Toronto - April 10, 2013.

Schindler Technologies invites you to attend a demonstration of RhinoGold, CAD software for jewelry designers and goldsmiths, the Solidscape high-precision 3D wax printer, and the Roland jewelry milling system.

This free, hands-on training session gets you started with jewelry design using Rhino/RhinoGold software. You will also learn how to create wax models of your design with either wax-curving or wax-growing machines. No modeling experience is necessary.