Friday, May 30, 2014

Scan&Solve 2014 webinar, June 6

Intact Solutions, developer of the Scan&Solve plugin for Rhino, is hosting a free live webinar with Dr. Michael Freytag. Learn about the powerful new features in Scan&Solve 2014, currently in beta and scheduled to be released on June 18, 2014. See how easy it is to perform structural simulation on your designs in Rhino, whether they are polysurfaces, extrusions, or meshes. Learn how to interpret the results and how to export the simulated models for visualization and 3D printing. See more features.

Choose from two convenient times:

  • Australia and Asia - Friday, June 6, 12 PM, AEST - Register here
  • Americas and Europe - Friday, June 6, 11 AM, CDT - Register here

Going digital: Exploring the options

Mathews Nielsen model

In the print magazine Metropolis, Lisa DuRussel, a landscape architect at Mathews Nielsen discusses the many digital programs used in design.

Using Pier 42 in New York City as an example, she explores options for using digital tools in design. The article shows how GIS data, AutoCAD, Rhino, and Grasshopper were all used.

Metropolis examines contemporary life--all through design, architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Online Level 2 Rhino Course begins June 2nd

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our Level 2 Rhino 5 online course begins next week. The class is scheduled for June 2-12. We still have a few seats available if you'd like to register. The course has been updated for Rhino 5 and will consist of seven sessions, a brief orientation on Monday followed by six half-days of Rhino 5 training.

  • Orientation: Monday, June 2, 9:00AM -10:30AM
  • Training: Tuesday-Thursday, June 3-5 and June 10-12, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Note: All times listed are Pacific Daylight time zone. Calculate your time zone.
All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing.  If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

Are you teaching architecture?

Recent research [1] at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design suggests that to effectively teach newcomers how to interpret the results of building performance simulation, the curriculum must include:
  • The underlying physical fundamentals
  • The limitations of simulation programs
  • Various design exercises
In this spirit, Christoph Reinhard has recently completed the Daylighting Handbook I, Designing with the Sun.

Designing with the Sun explains some of the concepts that DIVA, a daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for Rhino, is based on.

The book provides a general introduction to daylighting implementation and explains how light allows us to perceive the world and to maintain our circadian rhythm. It may help apply DIVA more effectively in practice or education.

Chapters discuss
  • Design analysis techniques and metrics.
  • Methods for measuring solar radiation.
  • How to measure light.
  • A practical approach to building massing via rules of thumb.
  • Methods for determining the sun's location in the sky.
  • Designing static shading devices.
  • How to use pysical models, including Heliodon studies.
More information can be found at The book is available on

[1] Diego Ibarra, 2014, "An educational framework for building performance simulations in early design," Doctorate Thesis, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, May 2014, pp. 223.

Parametric Analysis of eNergy and Daylight Tools

Project Director Colin Schless presents Thornton Tomasetti's Rhino/Grasshopper-based, concept-level sustainability analysis platform called PANDA, or Parametric Analysis of eNergy and Daylight Autonomy.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

REACTION 1401 workshop - Paris, France

The first REACTION 1401 took place in Paris in March 2014. Check the video here.
Due to the large number of applications, the workshop will be replicated in June:

REACTION 1401 workshop / Reloaded
Grasshopper and evolutionary solvers
Paris, France
June 27-29, 2014

Design in contemporary architecture focuses on being evolutionary and responsive to the socio-technological contexts and to people’s needs.

REACTION 1401 focuses on understanding and controlling the logics of genetics and evolutionary algorithms. Those evolutionary solvers apply the principles of evolution found in nature to find an optimal solution to a problem. We will explore the potentials of those design techniques. Environmental and energetic data will be the main inputs of those processes that will drive our design choices towards flexible, progressive, interactive solutions.

The main Grasshopper add-ons that will be used are:
Heliotrope, Galapagos, Goat, Meshedit, Mesh+, Elk, gHowl.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bongo 2.0 Service Release 3 now available

Hi all,

Bongo 2 SR 3 is now available from:

The complete list of changes in this Service Release can be found here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

MCDC // Master Computational Design and Construction

Detmold, Germany
Starts in September 2014

The post-graduate Master program focuses on digital design methods and construction technologies in architecture, engineering, and design. The Curriculum provides the scientific and practical foundation and gives an overview of the latest developments in Computational Design and Construction. 

Digital technologies altered the field of architecture and the architectural profession significantly – from design to production. Against this background, the study program incorporates the professional qualities of higher architectural education as well as the theoretical and operative aspects of information technology.

The three-semester Master program addresses graduates of Architecture, Interior and Product Design, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Information Technology and related studies. Cooperative projects, symposia, and master theses serve as a platform for collaborations with the building industry, software suppliers, other universities and architectural offices.

The application deadline for the next study program is June 30, 2014. Admittance follows an evaluation of the application dossier. The courses start in September 2014.

Details and registration: 

AA Greece Visiting School

AA Greece Visiting School
Architecture Department, University of Patras
Patras, Greece
September 22 to October 1, 2014

AA Greece Visiting School is a mobile workshop series which will travel and reach every other city outside the country’s capital. It functions as a ‘satellite’ of education that promotes the Architectural Association’s exclusive, intensive form of teaching and learning around the country. AA Greece VS aims on visiting a different city each year and construct a single large-scale model which will act as an active nod of communication among the various locations.

In 2014, the School will initiate its design agenda with an architectural approach that is focused on the aspect of connection. The city of Patras, which is the starting node of AA Greece VS, was chosen by the European Commission to be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2006. The concept of the event revolved around the main theme of "Bridges" and "Dialogues", drawing benefit from the city's rich history and its position as a "Gate to the West", to underline the essence of the productive interaction of culture and civilizations in Europe. The AA Greece Visiting School investigates how well existing buildings with various sightlines and variant spatial grammars perform according to human perception. In sync with the flexible and adaptive concept of parasitical structures, the research focuses on the making of transformable large-scale creations that accentuate prominent architectural features of existing buildings. The research looks at how cultural factors, specific preferences, experiences, and expectations can lead to the transformation of architectural parasitical structures.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Biodigital Architecture & Genetics conference in Barcelona

2nd International Conference Biodigital Architecture and Genetics
UIC Barcelona, Spain
2-6 June 2014

The ESARQ-UIC (Barcelona) will be in June at the 2nd International Conference of Biodigital Architecture & Genetics

Among the topics to be discussed are biodigital research, teaching, and professional experiences, nature’s geometry in architecture, emerging design strategies, generative algorithms, bionic design, biolearning methods in architecture, topological and continuous architecture, new methods of biodigital production, digital conception and fabrication, biodigital and genetic architecture visualization, etc. 

Complete info and registration... 

Click on the image below to see the program.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

REPLIC_AGE ’14 Madrid

May 23-25, 2014
Madrid, Spain

REPLIC_AGE is a new Fair and Fest about Design and Digital Manufacturing that will take place at Central de Diseño / DIMAD de Matadero Madrid on May 23-25.

ControlMAD (Authorized Rhino FabStudio) will have a booth there. Come visit the team and learn more about their workshops and digital fabrication services.

Orca3D at Navalia (Vigo, Spain)

Vigo, Spain
May 20-22, 2014

Partners Vera Navis, Portugal, and NDAR / Design Systems & Technologies, France, will exhibit this year at Navalia (Stand # B08), showcasing the latest versions of ShipConstructor 2015, Orca3D, GHS (GeneralHydroStatics), ShipWeight, AutoFEM, and MAESTRO.

Orca3D is the marine design plug-in for Rhino, offering extensive, specific tools for marine surface modeling, hydrostatics (including Class criteria checking), weight control and hull resistance.  Orca3D is integrated with GHS and interfaced to ShipConstructor.  Orca3D is interfaced to AutoFEM and offers a MAESTRO pre-modeller.

Further information can be found at

Founded in 1988, NDAR / Design Systems & Technologies, France, works in the marine industry sector since 1988, offering software and related training and consulting services.  NDAR currently serves over 1500+ customers in the EMEA region.

Vera Navis, Portugal, a naval architecture, marine engineering and design oriented company, are active in several ship and offshore projects internationally.  Vera Navis offers vast ship building and surveying experience, and partners with NDAR/Design Systems & Technologies in offering software and related training and consulting services.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

AA Visiting School Jordan

Amman, Jordan
14-24 June 2014

AA Jordan is a unique ten-day computational architecture workshop as part of the Architectural Association' Visiting School Programmes. The UNESCO world heritage sites of Petra and Wadi Rum are part of the focus of the workshop and will be visited, researched, investigated and inhabited for two days.

The Jordanian desert ecology is a distinct unaltered antiquity, a magnificent heterogeneous landscape that is emergent of fluid erosion processes that have occurred over fifty million years. The biodiversity of the desert reveals a vast platform for research into natural artifacts. Participants will investigate natural phenomena which include sand dunes, rock strata, rock bridges, canyons, gorges, and mountain formations. During the course of the workshop, participants will visit, examine, and inhabit two UNESCO world heritage sites: Wadi Rum and Petra; the latter named one of the world's seven wonders.

Programme director
Kais Al-Rawi

Programme faculty
Julia Koerner
Vincenzo Reale
Marie Boltenstern
Mohamad Makkouk 

Ross Lovegrove, Ross Lovegrove Studio
Wael Attili, Kharabeesh

Complete details and registration: 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rhino Training in Johannesburg, South Africa

SimplyRhino South Africa has organized a series of workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa:

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park
July 3-5, 2014 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

This is a three-day course run by our Simply Rhino Jhb-based trainer, who has been accredited by McNeel to run Rhino Level One and Level Two courses. He has many thousands of hours of Rhino use and Rhino training under his belt, as well as experience in varied disciplines such as biomechanical engineering, industrial design, class-A surfacing and design for CNC fabrication.

Our course takes place in the fully equipped Rhino lab of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at UJ. Participants do not need to bring their own laptops. This course is for the design professional who is new or nearly new to Rhino and wants to learn the features of Rhino at a moderate pace in an instructor-led environment.

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park
July 6-8, 2014 (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday)

The course contains both intermediate and advanced level material and concentrates on explaining NURBS topology in more detail before moving on to practical examples demonstrating efficient modeling techniques, modeling strategy and advanced surfacing.

Although the class follows a clearly defined structure there is scope for trainees to discuss individual work examples and work on live project examples.

Monday, May 12, 2014

10th Rhino-Day Italy report

The 10th Rhino-Day Italy took place on 11-12 at the Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale.

Apart from the live users' presentations, Steve Baer, Giulio Piacentino and Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel) showed the latest news on RhinoPythonGrasshopper, and Rhino.

Performance Aided Design (PAD) Summer School in Aalborg (Denmark)

Aalborg University 
Woven + Reciprocal wooden structures
July 28 - August 15, Utzon Center, Aalborg, Denmark

The aim of the summer school is to apply new design tools in the field of reciprocal wooden structures. The design tools involve parametric design based on the application of Rhino and Grasshopper (PAD: Performance Aided Design)

The summer school's goal is to develop an experimental 1:1 scale prototype of a novel system that sits at the boundary of the typologies of woven and reciprocal structures, particularly promising concerning material and constructional efficiency.

The focus will be directed on the joint development and on the design and manufacturing of an architectural body whose formal appearance is determined by the specific properties of the material in use and by the response to an extensive array of performance factors.

Finite Element Method, iterative loops, in-house developed Grasshopper plug-ins, and physical models will be used while constantly looking and learning from the traditional culture of building in wood.

The application deadline extended to May 31st

Architectural Visualization Workshop in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
27-28 June 2014

The focus of this workshop is to provide participants all the necessary knowledge to produce photorealistic renders with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino.

The course starts with the basics of rendering, then covers more advanced settings to end up with some tips for post-producing those renderings in Adobe Photoshop. Participants will develop typical case studies about rendering architectural visualizations, interior visualizations and product design, among other basic case studies that use rendering as a main representation technique. While developing those case studies, participants will learn how to handle V-Ray parameters and how to create textures inside the normal workflow for rendering. Day one will start as introduction and will end with some advanced topics. Day two will cover advanced settings and post production.

Instructor: Matúš Nedecký from FlyingArchitecture
Language: English
Organizersicreatia, SMD , FlyingArchitecture

Early bird registration until June 2!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AAG 2014 London - Call for Workshops

London, UK
Sep 18-21, 2014

Advances in Architectural Geometry / AAG is a symposium where both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments is presented. This symposium aims to gather the diverse components of the contemporary architectural tendencies which push the building envelope towards free form and respond to the multiple current design challenges. It involves architects, engineers, mathematicians, software designers and contractors. We aim at connecting researchers from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. AAG has become a reference in the professional field and is supported by the direct participation of the most renowned architectural design and engineering offices along with academic laboratories.

Researchers and professionals are invited to electronically submit proposals for full length workshops or short tutorial sessions in the area of Architectural Geometry, to be held September 20-21, 2014 at the University College London. We especially encourage our paper submitters to also communicate their findings in hands-on learning oriented sessions, and hope to receive a number of workshop submissions which give the participants in-depth and hands-on experience of the forefront of research. Workshops which are pure software tutorials are discouraged. We are particularly interested in workshop topics having to do with but not limited to:

  • building performance and resource use in relation to building geometry
  • generative design
  • integration of geometric and non geometric design properties
  • fabrication constraints and their impact on building geometry
  • qualitative and quantitative evaluation of building geometry
  • recently published advanced geometry concepts and techniques in architecture, engineering and computer graphics introduced to an interdisciplinary audience.

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated and authors will be notified when their proposal is accepted to discuss requirements and logistics.

d.Nat Parametric Design workshops in Dubai

d.Nat is launching a couple of exciting workshops in Dubai in collaboration with Co-de-iT:

A Parametric Design workshop
May 15-17, 2014

The recent development of sophisticated computational design tools has instigated new ways of integrating computation in the design process; both within architecture and engineering disciplines. The new set of digital tools has infiltrated a bottom up system to open the design space towards a high level of complexity. The integration of these tools allowed the architect to generate and control complex information derived from a manifold of sources. Consequently, a more complex architectural order emerged as a reflection of sophisticated adaptive structures. 

Reparameterized is a 2.5-day workshop that has been designed for participants with no previous experience in Grasshopper or parametric design techniques. The program will introduce them to both the theoretical and technical knowledge required to explore possibilities of the new design medium. 

An Adaptive Ecologies Workshop
June 2-7, 2014

Over recent decades the city of Dubai has experienced an unprecedented process of development and exponential growth, bursting from a small town into the metropolis we know today. This evolutionary capital-driven expansion, catapulted by a determined push to prosperity, ruled out the realization of a global and unified master plan. Dubai is now an icon of futurism and opulence. The modern setting of Dubai is, however, directly adjacent to the organic fabric of its old town, creating a striking contrast in behavior and locale. While the old town expanded in an organic manner from the inside out, the new Dubai expansion is spreading in an orderly fashion from the outside in. This stark disparity between the two zones has resulted in a diversity of urban spaces. The current growth is gradually integrating into the existing fabric of the city, filling scale gaps within the new region and its connection to the old one. Whether directed outward or inward, growth is a characterizing, unique element worth investigating in the urban design of Dubai. 

EXPOn-tial is an Advanced Grasshopper workshop aims to explore the potential of growth processes and assess their application in the development of an urban fabric. Natural growth processes share common traits such as being non-linear, rule-based, and iterative. Drawing a parallel between natural systems behavior and computer growth processes such as branching systems, diffusion limited aggregation and other rule-based processes, we will develop non-linear growth processes and will evaluate the spatial results and forms across a wide range of scales - from Material to Urban scale. Behavior of growth processes will depend largely on material properties as it will influence clustering and distribution across a terrain.  The system will develop by assessing their potential character on a basic level of organization first, then developing it to work on adaptation processes of autonomous, coherent objects on a variety of scales.

Check also the results of the Adaptative Skins workshop organized recently by D-Nat, where participants had no background in Rhino, Grasshopper or parametric thinking.

CONNECT+MAKE Summer Workshop

CONNECT+MAKE Summer Workshop invites students and professionals from various backgrounds who wish to enhance their skill sets with the latest digital design and fabrication tools. Upon completion, participants will earn a Graduate Certificate. The intensive three-week program focuses on applying computational tools within a material-based design-through-production process informed by experimenting, testing, and prototyping.

Application deadline: June 1 - Apply today
Workshop dates: July 8-27
Location: Ball State University, Muncie, IN

About the workshop...

Participants will use a combination of Rhino, Grasshopper, and RhinoScript for digital, parametric, and procedural modeling. Workshop participants will also have full access to labs and training with fabrication equipment (such as laser cutters, CNC routers, a 3D printer) to perform material experiments and prototyping for collaborative projects. Read more...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Advanced Grasshopper workshop in LA

Advanced Grasshopper: Pavilion Case Study
May 17-18  - Los Angeles, CA

SomewhereSomething is offering a 2-day Advanced Grasshopper workshop that will use the Cutty Sark Pavilion by Bakoko Architects as a case-study to focus on complex geometry creation techniques, advanced data tree management, and the use of numerous Grasshopper plug-ins.

Through lectures and hands on exercises, participants will be able to construct the Cutty Sark pavilion, produce renderings, animation and documentation. By focusing on a pavilion scale case-study, attendees will be guided through a typical geometry construction to representation Grasshopper workflow.

Intro to Grasshopper workshop in LA

Introduction to Grasshopper // May 10-11 // Los Angeles

SomewhereSomething is offering a 2-day Introduction to Grasshopper workshop that will focus on an overview of the plug-in, geometry types, geometry construction and transformation, list and data tree management. Through lectures and hands on exercises, participants will be able to compose various geometry constructs that demonstrate variation and transformation through their embedded adaptive logic.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

FluidRay RT 1.0.2 released

Just released - FluidRay RT 1.0.2 real-time renderer.

Features include:
  • Runs on CPU - No GPU limitations
  • With Rhino 3DM support
  • Support for heterogeneous media and Dreamworks
    OpenVDB for 3D textures
  • Much faster ambient occlusion (up to 16x)
  • Faster PathTracerIntegrator 
  • Fixed some bugs causing crashes
  • Improved library icons