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A review of "Shape Changing Materials" workshop results

Tue, 2016-05-10 12:39

Efilena Baseta, architect engineer and partner of Noumena, has been kind enough to share with us the results of the Shape Changing Materials workshop which took place last month at NYC's Parsons School of Design.

Pdf illustrating the results of the workshop...
Workshop webpage...Workshop video...Noumena website...
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NVIDIA Iray now shipping

Tue, 2016-05-10 01:58

NVIDIA announced the launch and shipment of their NVIDIA Iray for Rhino plug-in rendering product. This follows their 8-month beta program.

NVIDIA Iray for Rhino is a rendering plug-in for designers to quickly produce physically based, photorealistic visualizations. It gives continual, realistic feedback as you craft your model's form, materials, and lighting.

Iray is integrated into Rhino, rendering directly within its viewports.

Iray's physically based capability predicts the behavior of real-world materials and lights. Accurate visualizations need only a minimum setup and specialized knowledge.

NVIDIA for Rhino supports the NVIDIA vMaterials Library. It's integrated with Rhino's database to use with Rhino's layer system.

Iray for Rhino is now available for $295 for year subscription. Try a 90-day free trial of Iray for Rhino and download the vMaterials catalog.

More information and features list...

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Upcoming VisualARQ 2.0: new feature sneak preview

Fri, 2016-05-06 16:04

One of the main enhancements of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version will be the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.

This new feature will let the user generate new VisualARQ object styles by loading Grasshopper definitions created by other users. The Grasshopper components that define geometry will turn into components of the new VisualARQ object styles. The Grasshopper numeric values will turn into the parameters to edit these new VisualARQ objects in the model.

This process will be done through VisualARQ dialogs, so there will be no need to know Grasshopper. Grasshopper users will be able to generate definitions for new parametric objects. Users who don't know Grasshopper will just need to load these Grasshopper definitions into the VisualARQ styles dialog and insert and edit them in the model as any other VisualARQ object.

There will be no limits of design and level of detail for the new VisualARQ objects, since these limits will be determined by the user definition.

Also, a single Grasshopper definition will be used to have multiple editable objects in the model, with different parameters.

This new feature will mean an amazing improvement for generating new 100% parametric objects and expand the user object library.

Sneak preview video of this new feature...
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Upcoming Rhino training in South Africa - Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Thu, 2016-05-05 19:02

SimplyRhino South Africa is excited to be offering Rhino training in Durban for the first time and has updated its training schedule for 2016:

  • 24-25 May - Rhino Intro (Tues, Wed)
  • 26, 27, 28 May  - Rhino for Mac Intro (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
  • 9, 10, 11 June  - Rhino Level One (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
  • 12, 13, 14 - Rhino Level Two (Sun, Mon, Tues)
All Johannesburg training takes place at the Corporate Conference Centre in Dowerglen, Johannesburg.

Cape Town
  • 31 May, 1 June - Rhino Intro (Tues, Wed)
  • 2, 3, 4 June  - Rhino for Mac (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
  • 30 June, 1, 2 July - Rhino Level One (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
  • 3, 4, 5 July - Rhino Level Two (Sun, Mon, Tues)
All Cape Town training takes place at iKhaya Lodge in Dunkeld Square, Wandel Street, Gardens, Cape Town.

Durban (New!)
  • 19, 20 July - Rhino Intro (Tues, Wed)
  • 21, 22, 23 July - Rhino for Mac
  • 24, 25, 26 July - Rhino Level One
  • 28, 29, 30 July - Rhino Level Two

All Durban training takes place at Glenview Guest House in Glen Hills, Durban North.

Details and registration...
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rese arch MEETUP Paris - 28 May 2016, Paris

Thu, 2016-05-05 18:24

rese arch MEETUP Paris
28 May 2016
VOLUMES Coworking
78 rue Compans
75019 Paris

rese arch MEETUP is an annual international conference and networking event bringing together practitioners and theorists of computational design in architecture, experts in digital manufacturing, and related contemporary thinkers and philosophers.

One of the main supporters of the event is the prestigious École des Ponts ParisTech, which is launching the Advanced Master DESIGN by DATA.

DESIGN by DATA is also the topic of the spring 2016 edition of the rese arch MEETUP Paris hosted by VOLUMES: the event will host lectures elaborating on the idea of a design ruled by input parameters, big data, statistics, numerical simulations and its impact on the essence of architecture as a cultural discipline.

Organized by:
Ján Pérnecky of rese arch (an independent platform supporting research, education and critical thinking in architecture in Europe and worldwide), in collaboration with Francesco Cingolani of Volumes Coworking.
Confirmed speakers: Daniel Bolojan, Phil Ayres, Efilena Baseta (Noumena), Francesco Cingolani and Ján Pérnecky.

Speakers to be confirmed:
Klaas De Rycke - BOLLINGER + Grohmann, Pierre Cutellic, Arthur Mamou-Mani, Andrea Graziano, Daniel Widrig, Christoph Bader or Dominik Kolb, Theo Spyropoulos, Isaie Bloch.

Rhinoforyou, one of the sponsors of this event, will be showing Rhino, Grasshopper, Visualarq and Geometry Gym AEC solutions for Rhino and Grasshopper.

More info...
Register here...
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DIVA4Cloud webinar, 9 June

Wed, 2016-05-04 19:57

Webinar: DIVA4Cloud: Cloud-Enabled Daylighting Simulation for Rhino/GrasshopperDate: Thursday, 9 Jun 2016Time: 12:30 pm ETCost: US$15.00Register today!
DIVA-for-Rhino is a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for the Rhino/Grasshopper CAD environment. Use DIVA-for-Rhino for environmental performance evaluations of individual buildings and urban landscapes, including Radiation Maps, Photorealistic Renderings, Climate-Based Daylighting Metrics, Annual and Individual Time Step Glare Analysis, LEED and CHPS Daylighting Compliance, and Single Thermal Zone Energy and Load Calculations.
This webinar presentation will preview the new beta components, explore real-world use cases, and investigate how simulations can run at large-scale directly via Grasshopper on the Parallel Works cloud. By delivering up to 1000x simulation iterations in the same time it takes to run just one the desktop bottlenecks are removed. 
Presenters are:Jon SargentSolemma, LLC
Jon is an architectural designer based in New York, and Chief Creative Officer at Solemma LLC. He specializes in shading optimization, thermal modeling, and computational design. 
Neil KatzSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
Neil is an architect and Associate at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He uses a “computational design” approach to design, developing geometry, analyzing, designing in response to project goals, including environmental and sustainability. 
Matthew ShaxtedParallel Works, Inc
Matt is founder and president of Parallel Works, Inc an award-winning web user interface expert working at the intersection of parallel computation, design, and the built environment.
Details and registration...

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Ski cup espresso

Tue, 2016-05-03 11:54

The Ski cup espresso is a perfectly formed cup on skis that would make a special coffee drinking experience. Designed with Rhino by the product designer and 3D modeler Aleksandar Dimitrov, the original ski base instantly sets this espresso cup apart. Printed in 3D as one unit by Shapeways, the Ski cup espresso is made of food safe porcelain fired in kiln with glossy glaze.

More info...

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Clerkenwell Design Week - 24-26 May 2016, Clerkenwell (London) - 3 talks by Simply Rhino UK

Mon, 2016-05-02 17:20

Clerkenwell Design Week
24-26 May
Clerkenwell (London)

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is the UK’s leading independent design festival.

Simply Rhino UK
will be part of it this year, along with their partners, The Goldsmiths' Centre. The centre is hosting the 'live events' hub, a new feature added for 2016's CDW. The hub will celebrate design innovation through a series of workshops, talks, and a pop-up exhibition.

As part of this exciting line up, on each of the three Clerkenwell Design Week days architect and Simply Rhino trainer Arthur Mamou-Mani will make a presentation and demonstration, each with a different design focus.

More info and registration to the talks...
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Rese Arch Meetup 2015 lectures videos

Mon, 2016-05-02 16:25

The videos of the last Rese Arch Meetup 2015 in Bratislava are now online.

Rese arch MEETUP is an annual international conference and networking event bringing together practitioners and theorists of computational design in architecture, experts in digital manufacturing and related contemporary thinkers and philosophers.

Watch now...
The 2016 edition of the event will take place on 28 May 2016 in Paris and will be hosted by VOLUMES, coworking and maker space for design and open innovation.

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Clayoo 2.0 webinar - 4 May 2016

Fri, 2016-04-29 11:26

Clayoo 2.0 webinar
Date: Wednesday 4 May 2016
Time: 11:00 UK Time

Next Wednesday May 4 Simply Rhino UK will be hosting a free webinar on Clayoo 2.0. Xavier Marrodan, Clayoo CAD Manager, will be showing the new features and possibilities that Clayoo 2.0 can offer.

Register here...
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GRAPHISOFT releases Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection

Thu, 2016-04-28 18:08

Budapest, 28 April, 2016 – Following a 6-month public beta phase involving over a thousand architects and designers worldwide, GRAPHISOFT® has released its intelligent Grasshopper–ARCHICAD Live Connection. This industry-first, bi-directional “live” connection allows Rhino/Grasshopper users to connect to a professional BIM software (ARCHICAD).  

Developed by GRAPHISOFT, Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections allow architects to leverage the strengths of the three design environments -- Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD -- filling a gap in the design process between early stage design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). This unique connection offers tools beyond seamless bi-directional geometry transfer, allowing basic geometrical shapes to be translated into full BIM elements while maintaining algorithmic editing functionality.

According to Robert McNeel, CEO, McNeel & Associates, "Algorithmic design represents a global trend in architecture. Using this new, real-time connection, architects can unleash their creativity and create forms and shapes that otherwise would be nearly impossible. Rhino and Grasshopper are the best tools on the market for these tasks."

"The Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection offers a unique design workflow, helping to explore a large number of design variations, and create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management, GRAPHISOFT. "This connection offers users the best of both worlds, by pairing a leading BIM tool with the industry’s leading algorithmic design tool. The result is a smooth, professional workflow."

For more information, please visit http://www.graphisoft.com/rhino-grasshopper/.

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment; EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group.

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Intermediate Grasshopper online course begins May 9

Thu, 2016-04-28 00:39

Intermediate Grasshopper Online TrainingDates: May 9-12, 2016Price: US$215.00

Instructor Andres Gonzalez explores the intermediate concepts of generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. He will apply these concepts to Grasshopper intermediate design and development numerous in numerous real-life examples with you.

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment.

Space is limited. Register now!

Schedule:Monday-Thursday, May 9-12, 9:00am-Noon (PDT)
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. Calculate your time zone here.

Note: This course requires Intro to Grasshopper training or equivalent.

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Digital Drawing Days - May 20-21, Arezzo (Italy)

Tue, 2016-04-26 17:28

Digital Drawing Days
May 20-21, 2016
Etrusco Arezzo Hotel
Via Fleming 39, 52100 Arezzo

Authorized Rhino Reseller 3DWS invites you to the 7th edition of Digital Drawing Days.

DDD is the acronym for Digital Drawing Days, an event entirely dedicated to computer graphics. Artists, technicians, and experts in various CG disciplines will alternate at the workshops, case histories, making-ofs and demonstrations of the latest hardware and software on the market.

The program consists of two thematic days:

DDD Tech Day - previews and insights about main hardware and software, with the official support of Chaos Group, NVIDIA, and McNeel.

Don't miss the presentation "The Road to Rhinoceros 6" by Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel Europe).

DDD Artist Day - case studies and making-ofs of presented by internationally renowned artists.

3DWS will support the event with a fleet of last generation hardware, including the newest R4 Workstation family. Every configuration is specifically tailored for each requirement, using leading technical collaboration of Autodesk, Adobe, NVIDIA, McNeel, The Foundry, Chaosgroup, iToo software.

Attendance is free but registration is required.

Program (in Italian)...Registration...

Organizer - 3DWS
Official Media partner - Treddi.comhttp://www.treddi.com
DDD 2016 PR - Francesco La Trofa

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Mixed Matters AA Visiting School - July 18-29, Stuttgart (Germany)

Tue, 2016-04-26 12:00

Mixed Matters AA Visiting School
July 18-29, 2016
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design
Pfaffenwaldring 7, 70569 Stuttgart

The Mixed Matters Visiting School will be the first of its kind focusing on a rotating multi-material exploration, as opposed to a fixed geographic location. We will explore contemporary practices of material design, moving away from explorations of single, isotropic or composite materials and towards a new field of investigating material mixtures and grading. The aim will be to discover new types of graded material mixes through which we can question ideas of tectonics, messy building processes, energy, resource and material waste, and the minimal aesthetics of sharp boundaries and uniformity.

The first cycle will be based at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) and the office of str.ucture GmbH Engineering in Stuttgart, where we will attempt to stretch the possibilities of what can be mixed with concrete. We will use the concrete spraying robot at ILEK and build individual small scale prototypes in graded concrete. Intensive digital material simulations will be made alongside physical material prototyping.

Prominent features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team of AA Diploma tutors and ILEK and str.ucture engineers.
  • Access to the studio spaces, workshop facilities, and concrete spraying robot for graded concrete manufacturing of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) and str.ucture GmbH Structural Design Engineering.
  • Computational skills tuition on Grasshopper, Karamba Parametric Structural Engineering, Sofistik Finite Element Analysis and Rhino Membrane software.
  • Fabrication of small to medium scale functionally graded concrete prototypes.
  • Lectures by Achim Menges, Werner Sobek, Manfred Curbach, Julian Lienhard and other academics and practitioners in the fields of architecture and engineering.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals.

Software requirements: Rhino (SR7 or later), RealFlow 2015

The deadline for applications is July 4, 2016.

Online application...Staff...
More info here...
   ...and here
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STONEDALONE: Digitally Fabricated Future Talismans - Project by: Wynn Mustin

Mon, 2016-04-25 18:03

STONEDALONE is a collection of digitally fabricated “future talismans” that Wynn Mustin, M.F.A. Design + Technology Candidate, Class of 2016 at Parsons School of Design, is designing in Rhino as her masters thesis project. Inspired by the metaphysical energy associated with natural crystal and mineral formations, Wynn is creating artificial neon crystals with playful and contemporary mystical properties through the use of derivative 3D printing techniques: building custom silicone molds from 3D prints she designed in Rhino, casting them in resin, and embedding additional 3D prints within the resin to create mesmerizing crystal inclusions that appear to be in a state of suspended animation.
In a world of user profiles and online accounts where you can be whoever you want to be, Wynn is billing herself as a “cyber mystic” capable of fabricating modern talismans on the build plate of my Makerbot Replicator 2.

For more information, visit the following links or contact Wynn Mustin

Portfolio...Project blog...
What is a RhinoFabStudio? 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.
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Matthias Pliessnig - Boat building techniques in furniture design

Mon, 2016-04-25 17:44

Using techniques from boat building, Matthias Pliessnig is building sculptural curved seating by steam bending wood. This is technique highly used in building wooden boats, but rarely seen in furniture construction. (Thonet and the Windsor chair are notable exceptions.)

In 2006 Pliessnig built a skiff for a project. Learning from this, he applied the boat building and lofting techniques to his furniture. Using Rhino to visualize his ideas, he's become an advocate for the software and amorphous geometry.

For woodworkers interested in the process, the May/June 2016 Fine Woodworking Magazine has an article, but it is accessible only to subscribers. For the rest of us, we can read the Smithsonian collection notes with a process description.

Also, in 2011 Pliessnig was in a 4-artist exhibition in the Renwick Gallery, of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A round table discussion, Everything Old is New Again, was part of this exhibit. And there is also a YouTube of a presentation at Renwick by Pliessnig. Warning, both these videos are about an hour long.

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The Digital Reveal - Architecture in the Post-Digital

Thu, 2016-04-21 21:40

The Digital Reveal, an international seminar exploring the uses of computation in architecture, will be held in Bogota, Colombia, the first week of September 2016.
The Architecture Program at the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, with support from Sigradi (Sociedad Iberoamericana de Gráfica Digital), Renata and RhinoFabStudio, is inviting architects, designers and academics to submit architectural, urban, and related research projects where digital technologies and methodologies have been implemented. A special interest is to discuss processes and situate the state of affairs in Latin America with practices around the globe.

Please submit your projects (images and text in PDF format) here by May 15th, 2016. 


  • Project proposals due / 9 May 2016
  • Authors informed of results of project reviews / 16 May 2016
  • Accepted revised project documentation due / 23 May 2016
  • Conference and Exhibition / 1-2 September 2016

          Place: Bogotá, Colombia

          Fee: Selected project authors will have free access to the conference

          For more information please contact Rodrigo Velasco or Aaron Brakke.

          What is a RhinoFabStudio? 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.

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          Rhino 5 - Level 1 Online in Spanish by McNeel Miami

          Thu, 2016-04-21 17:20

          Register for the Rhino 5 Level 1 Training - Online in Spanish by McNeel Miami, home of the RhinoFabStudio.

          Check out the schedule.

          Introduction – June 6, 2016
          9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)

          Classes – June 7-10, 2016
          Course: 9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)
          Break: 10:30 am–10:45 am (EST)
          Course: 10:45 am–1:00 pm (EST)
          Q&A: 1:00 pm–1:30 pm (EST)

          *Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

          Space is limited!!!... Register here!

          For more information, contact Jackie Nasser or call 305-513-4445
          What is a RhinoFabStudio? 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.

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          Rhino + Grasshopper D+O+F Training

          Wed, 2016-04-20 16:02

          Register for the Rhino DOF - Rhino Design Optimization & Fabrication training by McNeel Miami, home of the RhinoFabStudio.
          Course Description:
          In this class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Also, this workshop will give students a functional understanding of Grasshopper and Parametric design. This will allow them to build on this understanding into more advanced projects of their own. The class also covers information on fabrication techniques with RP or laser machines and optimization and fabrication using RhinoCAM for CNC machines.

          Date: May 16-20, 2016Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST)*
          *Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone
          McNeel Miami
          1538 NW 89th Court
          Miami, FL 33172
          United States
          Space is limited!!! Register here!
          For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305 513-4445.
          What is a RhinoFabStudio? 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.

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          ComStruct workshop, Tehran (Iran) - a case study

          Mon, 2016-04-18 17:02

          ComStruct was a two-week workshop in summer of 2015 on computational structures as form generators, hosted by the Contemporary Architects Association in Tehran, Iran, and led by five tutors with 25 participants.

          The workshop aimed to explore material behavior and directionality of elements, as well as understanding structural potentiality of complex geometries, using algorithmic design and analysis potentials of Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba. It explored industrial fabrication techniques to design and construct a one to one scale canopy pavilion that covers a four by ten-meter area of an unused swimming pool, converting it to a vivid exhibition area.

          The canopy free form surface was optimized through several steps including structural performance done with Karamba. The result was a design driven by information; the output from each step of the structural analysis led to the geometry and patterns choices. The result was a highly optimized 2.5mm aluminium tensegrity shell. The aesthetics were derived from calculations and structural needs, and the process from idea to production was entirely formed through algorithms.

          Watch the video...

          Host: Contemporary Architects Association, Tehran, Iran
          Location: No. 7, 2nd alley, Hassan-e Seif St, Faze-3, Shahrak-e Gharb, Tehran, Iran
          Tutors: Mariam Khademi (La Sapienza University), Mehrad Mahnia (theALLIANCE), Vahid Eshraghi (VEA Studio), Kristjan Plagborg Nielsen (Arup), Ramtin Taherian (theALLIANCE)
          Workshop Team: Farhang Alipour, Soroush Asadi, Ahmadreza Atashbar Tehrani, Pouria BaniAdam, Ali Derazgisou, Paniz Farrokhsiar, Pouria Gachpazan, Faraneh Ghahremani, Hoda Hamzeh, Ehsan Heidari Zadi, Hooman Homayooni, Niloofar Imani, Mostafa Jahanmiri, Keyhan Khaki, Aryan Khalighy, Sadra Khosravan, Fatemeh Mahmoudyar, Ali Mirzadeh, Sogol Moaven, Farnaz Mohammadi, Hamid Peiro, Hasan Shafiei, Iman Shameli, Fahimeh Tahmasebian
          Laser Cutter Provider: Arpa Laser Co.
          CNC Sheet Metal Bending: Arpa Laser Co.
          Aluminum Anodizing Service: Arpa Laser Co.
          Lighting Device Provider: Shoa Industrial Group
          Collaborators: Elham Razavi / CEO at Contemporary Architects Association, Ali Zolfaghari / Technical Support, Majid Kazempour / Technical Support, Afshin Koupaei / Technical Support, Mehran Davari/ Technical Support, Farshid Esmaeili / Marab Mahbod Engineering & Technical Co., Faraz Maleki / Arpa Laser Group
          Cinematography and Video Director: Sepand Saedi
          Photography: Sepand Saeidi, Davood MohammadHasan, Farhanf Alipour, Pouria Gachpazan
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