Saturday, August 1, 2020

Design Computing: 3D Modeling in Rhinoceros with Python RhinoScript

University of Michigan-Online Course
Taught by Glenn Wilcox, Associate Professor, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

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This course is free and available to everyone. You may begin this course at any time and follow at your own pace. For an optional fee of US$54, you may earn a certificate for this course. Details are here.

Course description

As algorithms increasingly impact our world, designers must learn how to use and create design computing programs. Structured around a series of fundamental design problems, this course will show you Python code in terms of its rules and syntax, and teach you what we can do with Python in its application and design.

By the end of this online course, you’ll know the fundamentals of Python and RhinoScript and understand them through the lens of their application in geometrically focused design lessons and exercises. This course is designed for any students and practitioners who use Rhinoceros and want to design more complex geometric forms by structuring and implementing coding logic.

This course will help designers (architectural, industrial, product, web, furniture), artists (multimedia, digital, sculpture), and programmers. By completing the course, students can decide if they’d like to study more advanced computing topics through further education, such as recursion, agents, and complex generative systems.

This course integrates with a third-party website called the Gallery Tool, created by the University of Michigan to support collaboration between learners. You will need to make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser and check that you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Safari and Internet Explorer are not supported.

You will need access to Rhino. Download a free 90-day trial for Windows and Mac. The evaluation is fully functional for the first 90 days. After 90 days a purchased license will be required to save files or use plugins. The instructor will walk you through how to install Rhino in the course.

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