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 AEC Tech | Symposium & Hackathon

Thornton Tomasetti CORE Studio presents the 9th Annual 2021 AEC Tech | 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 for attendees to collaborate, network, build new relationships, and generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community.

Find out more at the AEC Tech 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

More information... 


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 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 the 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!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Parakeet plugin now supported on ShapeDiver

Parakeet3D is a collection of digital tools that expands Grasshopper's morphological repository for Patterns and Networks, allowing designers to go beyond old shapes and push the old boundaries to comply with modern design requirements. Designing with Parakeet is simple and straightforward. It's as simple as selecting a tile (grid), then selecting the method you want to use for pattern generation on that grid. And from his week on, it's now supported on ShapeDiver!

Learn more here ...

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

OPEN DC - 3D Modeling Complex Shapes with Rhino 7 Workshop (Spanish)

Join Joaquin Laborda in the 3D Modeling Complex Shapes with Rhino 7 workshop at OPEN DC - Online. OPEN DC is a cycle of free seminars and conferences offered by professors from the Faculty of Design and Communication of Universidad Palermo. It is open to the public.

Location: Online from Argentina - Spanish
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM (EST)

*This workshop will be taught in Spanish

The objective of this workshop is to address different strategies for the 3D modeling of complex shapes. While the focus is primarily geared toward industrial designers, the techniques can be applied to jewelry design, architecture, advertising, entertainment, and animation. Both NURBS and SubD modeling techniques will be covered using Rhino 7.

Questions? Contact Joaquin Laborda at

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Monday, October 18, 2021

BricsCAD Digital Summit 2021 (October 26, 15.00 - 18.00 CEST)

Sign up for the BricsCAD Digital Summit (October 26, 2021 | 15.00 - 18.00 CEST) at

Join the Bricsys team to get exclusive technical insights, see the latest BricsCAD features and workflows, and hear from the industry-leading product specialists.

Rhino.Inside Bricscad BIM will be featured at the sessions "Inside Bricsys' Vision for BricsCAD" and "A Different Approach: BricsCAD BIM". Check the agenda here.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

SIGraDi 2021 Workshops


Join SIGraDi in their XXV International Conference of the Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics. SIGraDi 2021 Designing Possibilities is about creating what the new reality has already materialized and has not yet been defined. 

The conference will be providing 113 article presentations, panel discussions, and five keynotes. SIGraDi is also offering online workshops where you'll learn different ways of using Rhino and Grasshopper related to the congress's topics.  

Workshops: November 8 and 9, 2021
Conference: November 8-12, 2021

One of the online workshops is about Parametric Footwear, taught in Spanish by Valeria Palacio Manco and José Ovidio Cardona Osorio. Both instructors are Authorized Rhino Trainers (ART) from UPB's RhinoFabStudio.

Date: November 8, 2021
Schedule: From 9a m-12 pm and from 2 pm-5 pm

In the workshop, Parametric Footwear, you will learn how to adapt your designs to different types of users to obtain the greatest possible comfort. Change the appearance automatically and explore thousands of possibilities with just one click through an algorithm that will facilitate your practice in shoe design.

 Register here!

Questions? Contact SIGraDi

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

One Click LCA for COP26 - free for Rhino users until the end of 2021

Early design stages have the biggest influence on embodied carbon reductions.

Carbon saving potential reduces dramatically throughout the life of a project. But during those critical early phases, it can be hard to assess the impact of design decisions due to a lack of detailed information.

The One Click LCA and Rhino integration enables designers and architects to measure and compare the embodied carbon impact of different options, right from the concept design stage. Making it possible to identify the best material options to slash the embodied carbon of your designs.

One Click LCA is offering Rhino users a free carbon assessment tool until the end of 2021. The tool is fully integrated with Rhino.

Friday, October 8, 2021

How to build a wood kayak using Rhino and Grasshopper

In this video, Brian Ottrogge of the Grunblau Design Studio shows his techniques to build a kayak by building a scale model.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Two environmental analysis and simulation workshops using Grasshopper, November 8–12, 2021 (McNeel Europe)


Online Workshop 1–Daylight Simulation and Optimisation
Nov 8-10, 2021, 10 AM-5 PM CET

Online Workshop 2– Sustainable Cities
Nov 11-12, 2021, 10 AM-5 PM CET

Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe 

Workshop 1: Daylight simulation and optimisation

The goal of the training is to teach architects and engineers the principal concepts of contemporary daylight techniques. The course covers multiple topics ranging from climate-based daylight modeling to circadian rhythm. The participants will learn to simulate daylight autonomy, glare, daylight factor, and other key concepts of the most popular sustainable certificates such as LEED, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge, or WELL. Further, the training introduces how the circadian rhythm can be used to foster human well-being and energy efficiency in building design. During the training, participants will elaborate on parametric models to test the concepts based on specific case studies.

The workshop introduces Ladybug Tools 1.3 for Grasshopper and ClimateStudio for Daylight Simulation.

Day 1

  • Introduction to Daylight in Architecture
  • EPW, TMY, Sunpath, Radiation Rose
  • Concepts and metrics
  • Simulation on a box. Sunlight hours on the facade. Introduction to daylight modeling in Grasshopper, Honeybee, and Ladybug
  • Introduction to daylight modeling
  • Simulation on a box. Sunlight hours on a facade. (analysis period, HDD, CDD) Explore sky models for your home location from the weblink
  • Daylight Performance Demands in European norms and most popular certificates: EN, LEED, BREEAM
  • Designing to daylight requirements. Daylight Factor
Day 2
  • Daylight Performance Demands in European norms and most popular certificates: LEED, Living Building Challenge, and WELL // about DA
  • Spatial Daylight Autonomy+Annual Sunlight Exposure (Climate Studio)
  • Optimisation
  • Single objective Optimisation to enhance daylight conditions (louver’s position for SDA)
  • Daylight and radiance (heat)
  • Multi-objective optimisation
Day 3
  • Introduction to Circadian Rhythm and Alertness, Melanopic Lux
  • Circadian potential and integrative lighting (Alfa, Lark Spectral Lighting)
  • Daylight Glare Probability (Ladybug tools and Climate Studio)
  • View out (LEED through CS).
  • Electric lighting integration (Climate studio). From energy efficiency to human wellbeing
  • Radiance fundamentals and materials. Creating new materials in Radiance for Ladybug Tools and with ClimateStudio for Grasshopper

Workshop 2: Sustainable Cities – Urban analysis and simulation in times of climate change

In times of rapid anthropogenic climate change and rapid urbanization, cities can be drivers for positive changes, drawing policies and introducing action. Understanding city behavior and metabolism are crucial to taking the next step. This training introduces a set of tools that allows for modeling, analyzing, and simulating urban models. Assessment of temperature, humidity, and winds, to name some to predict comfort, solar potential, urban heat islands, future climate, and more. This is a hands-on course showing typical solutions using Ladybug Tools, Elk, showing the connection between parametric tools and GIS and how to streamline workflows for urban assessments.

Day 1
  • Climate change and sustainable cities.
  • Intro to Urban Modelling using GIS (OSM), with Elk.
  • Urban concepts and metrics.
  • Climate analysis LBT, future climate.
  • Introduction to 3DCity models (CityGML and CityJSON).
  • Solar irradiation analysis. QGIS with UMEP.
  • Trees and urban heat islands, shading benefit.
  • Load match with LBT (Energy use vs. energy production).
Day 2
  • Introducing Dragonfly. Dragonfly vs. Honeybee.
  • Advanced urban modeling. From Elk to Dragonfly using Mask.
  • Weather data. Rural vs. urban.
  • Morphing weather data with Urban Weather Generator.
  • Microclimate. Outdoor comfort. Metrics (Universal Thermal Climate Index).
  • Outdoor domestic spaces, shadow optimisation (UTCI with LBT).
  • Dragonfly Energy.Introduction to URBANopt.
  • Load sharing example with Dragonfly and URBANopt. District-scale energy analysis workflow.

The online workshops are for people who are already familiar with Rhino and Grasshopper.

Rafael Campamà Pizarro: Building engineer, environmental designer, and experienced construction project manager. Cofounder of the Living Future Sweden Collaborative. Pursuing his PhD in the division of Energy and Building Design at the Architecture and Built Environment department of Lund University. He has researched the integration of daylight and electrical lighting in buildings. He is currently involved in a research project for energy renovation toward climate-neutral neighborhoods in Sweden. In addition, he is in charge of training students on daylight simulation tools within the Master Program in Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design at Lund University. 

Adrian Krezlik: Architect graduated from Technical University of Łódź (Poland), worked for Zaha Hadid Architects in London (2009-2011), and later for  Fernando Romero (2011-2012) and Rojkind Arquitectos (2013-2014) in Mexico City. In Poland, he founded the Contemporary Architecture Foundation which has organized more than seventy events dedicated to parametric design. He is interested in science-based architectural design, primarily based on building performance, and its impact on the environment. He lectured in Barcelona, Cairo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Warsaw, to list some. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin. He is an architecture curator for the Polish Pavilion for the EXPO 2020. Adrian started PhD research at FAUP in 2019 and joined CEAU in 2020. In 2021 he joined MIT Portugal PhD Program. He is a co-founder of Dosta Tec, a company dedicated to building performance simulation and energy efficiency. 

Online course fees:

Workshop 1: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required).

Workshop 2EUR 250,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required).

Special offer for both workshops: EUR 580,- (+VAT)

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!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

MindSpaces - Online training and evaluation workshop, October 20–22, 2021


MindSpaces - Online training and evaluation workshop
Dates: October 20-22, 2021
Duration: 10:00 am-6:00 pm CEST
Registration deadline: October 17, 2021

The INNEN Innovative Environments research unit of the Architecture department of AUTH, is organizing, as part of the STARTS European research project MindSpaces, a three-day workshop for the training and evaluation of the new design tools developed in the scope of the project. As McNeel Europe is part of the MindSpaces consortium, new tools for urban real-time analysis are developed on top of Grasshopper and need to be tested. The workshop will be held online, using the Zoom platform.

Parametric Design Workshop (Rhino + Grasshopper)

Are you interested in gaining parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level? Are you ready to learn an exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

This Parametric Design Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands-on parametric project.

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

  • Option 1: General Workshop for Beginners. Total duration is 16 hours / 8 days / 18:00-20:00. Starts November 15, 2021.
  • Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates. Total duration is 16 hours / 8 days / 18:00-20:00. Starts November 22, 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 and registration...

Looking for a few more tutorials?

Interested in learning Computational Design? Try Parametric Camp.

For the past two years, Harvard GSD professor Jose Luis García del Castillo y López has been creating content on his new YouTube channel ParametricCamp, doing weekly live streams, recording tutorials, and publishing comprehensive series on Computational Design such as Introduction to Parametric Modeling with Grasshopper, Learning C# for Designers, or the ongoing Advanced Development in Grasshopper. All for free!

Learn more here... 


Monday, October 4, 2021

Getting started with VisualARQ - free workshop (October 27, 2021)

Join the next online workshop of VisualARQ, which will be held on October 27, 2021.

This 2-hour intensive workshop will showcase the VisualARQ key features for modeling a project in 3D, generate the documentation, and exchange models with other BIM programs through IFC files.

You will learn how to get started with VisualARQ while developing a 3D architectural project from scratch. You will use the VisualARQ BIM parametric objects and navigation tools to speed up the process of modeling in 3D. You will also learn how to generate the 2D drawings from the 3D model and get the quantity take-offs.

This workshop is the prelude to a Rhino + VisualARQ live intensive course that will take place in November 2021. (More details).

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021. 5-7 pm UTC+2
Language: English

Training for Trainers Workshop - November 16-18, 2021


Training for Trainers Workshop

November 16-18, 2021
10 AM-2 PM
Hosted Online by McNeel Europe

Expert users of Rhino who want to get accredited as Authorized Rhino Trainers now have a chance to participate in this certification workshop hosted online by McNeel Europe and delivered by Giuseppe Massoni.

To know more about the Rhino Authorized Training Program, click here...

Price of the course: €195 (+ taxes, if applicable).

Seats are very limited. Sign up now!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Perpetual Mechanisms V1.0 webinar by DesignMorphine (November 27, 2021)

Perpetual Mechanisms V1.0 will build a looping parametric animation from the ground up with Grasshopper. Participants will learn how to plan out the steps of an animation and how to make multiple sub-animations happen at once in correlation or successively based on a single number slider controlling time. This course will also look at how to handle automated camera movements to trick the perspective of a general motion, making the impossible seem possible with animation moments that could only occur at certain camera angles. Once the model is completed, there will be many parameters for you to tweak and adjust to create various satisfying animations, without the need for any manual adjustments. Afterward, the animations will be rendered with V-Ray 5 for Rhino locally and on the cloud. Grasshopper will also be used to apply textures and set up simple lights parametrically so they a coherent and coordinated with the animated system. At the very end, rendered frames will be compiled into GIFs and MP4s directly from Grasshopper to produce professional-quality seamless perpetual loop animations.

RhinoCAM Online course in English or Spanish


With 17,500+ users, the Rhino3D.Education platform offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, and more!

We invite you to register for our RhinoCAM course. This course will provide you with the necessary information to learn about the RhinoCAM interface, various hole drilling methods, 2½-axis machining processes, and 3D machined procedures. Through the training, you will experience how to create your tool libraries (mills, drills, etc.). In addition, you will discover some tricks and demonstrations of complete projects, where you will learn to extract the time information, G-CODE, and generation of reports for the shop.

Plus: Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Also, this
 course is available in English and Spanish. Get started today!

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