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Pauhu pavilion - Tampere Architecture Week 2015

Fri, 2016-02-19 18:57


Project coordinator: Henri KäpynenArchitectural design: Toni Österlund (Geometria), Lisa VoigtländerClient: Tampere Architecture Week
Tampere, FinlandRead about the Pauhu pavilion, completely designed with Rhino/Grasshopper, using VisualARQ for the creation of the construction drawings. 

From the Pauhu Press Release:

"Pauhu pavilion was realized as a voluntary project as a part of Tampere Architecture Week, in Finland, bringing together architecture and design students and professionals in addition to a number of different sponsors. Tampere Architecture Week is an annual event about architecture and urban planning, intended to add interest and discussion about the built environment. The theme in 2015 – interaction – aimed to increase the possibilities for interaction between citizens themselves and between architects and citizens.
Functioning as an open stage for free expression and performance, Pauhu pavilion aims to highlight interaction as one of the most crucial subjects in our ever more privatied and secluded cities. The name “Pauhu” refers to the distant roar generated by the Tampere rapids, by the city around the pavilion, as well as by the artists and presenters the pavilion is hosting. The interlace of public, private and communal interests was essential and absolutely crucial in making Pauhu possible.
Along with its intended use as an active open-stage for public debates and performances Pauhu aims to promote forward looking thinking in architecture focusing on the innovative use of wood. The construction process fuses conventional and tested building methods with state-of-art digital design and fabrication processes. The pavilion was designed using algorithm-aided design methods as a detailed and accurate parametric 3D-model, from which all construction information and fabrication data was derived from.The inner smooth form of the pavilion is inspired by the flowing waves of the rapids, as well as the intricate plywood sculptures by the legendary Finnish sculptor Tapio Wirkkala. The smooth interior is seemingly carved out of a solid block of rough wood, which is emphasized by the contrasting colour tones. The interior is generated as a ruled surface by a rotation of plywood strips along the width of the pavilion, and while it appears to be doubly curved, the strips are all flat, un-bent and rectangular in shape. The plywood strips are connected to notches on an array of CNC-milled supporting arches. The heights of the individual strips vary according to their overlap, which allows for the optimization of material usage The resulting expressive shape forms an eye-catching frame and a backdrop for the presenter, while being a simple structural implementation using minimal amount of CNC-milling.  

The outside of the pavilion is clad with a three-dimensional wood texture. The structured paneling is a new product innovation by Jukola Industries, called Grafwood. The texture invites passers-by to touch and feel the unusual material. The appearance light and shadows on the dark façade lives with the rhythm of the day and weather conditions.

The construction of the pavilion took eight days from a group of architecture students, and it was built off-site and brought to location on a truck. The pavilion is a temporary construction, scheduled to remain in its location until the end of 2016 as part of the city’s project to liven up one of the central streets of Tampere". 
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Algorithmic Accessories: Parametric Jewelry Workshop in Vienna, April 15-17, 2016

Fri, 2016-02-19 16:44

Algorithmic AccessoriesApril 15-17, 2016
Vienna, Austria

The Algorithmic Accessories workshop combines algorithmic methods for 3D modeling with the digital fabrication of jewelry. The purpose is to produce various shapes through parametric design and apply them on accessories in a way that allows their materialization. The workshop will go through the processes of constructing a shape algorithm, customization, 3D printing, and fabrication.


Parametric modeling tools in Rhino and Grasshopper will be introduced. You can then create and visualize unique custom designs and learn how to materialize them in a specially equipped FabLab. A FDM/STL 3D printer will be available on site for all experimental needs. Further detailing and metal fabrication of the accessories will be also available. You will have the opportunity to get your designs manufactured and learn about all the aspects of the fabrication process.What you will learn
  • Introduction to Grasshopper and algorithmic geometry
  • Creation and customization of complex geometries through parametric modeling
  • Fabrication tools
  • KeyShot
Complete details and registration...

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Shape To Fabrication conference in London

Fri, 2016-02-19 11:22

Shape To Fabrication
Stratford Circus, London (UK)
April 19-20, 2016

The Shape To Fabrication conference focuses on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction, and applications in architecture, engineering and design. This years speakers are shaping the future, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

We live in an unprecedented time. An age where buildings are moving, jewelry is printed, clothes are sprayed on, facades are folded by robots, and cars are made of textile. We are proud to present to you the brave few, the first to use such pioneering technologies to create these magical experiences.

Discover the latest avant-garde projects from an international panel of presenters.

Save the date for the Grasshopper User Group Meeting – April 18, 2016 at the same location. More details to follow.

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Rhino Level 1 Training by McNeel Miami - March 2016

Thu, 2016-02-18 20:07

Register for the Rhino Level 1 Training by McNeel Miami, home of RhinoFabStudio.

Date: March 16-18, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Unity@Rhino™ - Connecting Unity to Rhino

Thu, 2016-02-18 15:32

Unity@Rhino™ is a plug-in connecting Rhino3D® and Unity® gaming development platform.

The plug-in supports export of 3D model geometry from Rhino to Unity enabling users to have first person 3D shooter game-like experience while using a Rhino created model as the 3D environment.

Main features:

  • Export of 3D model geometry with materials and textures from Rhino to Unity@Rhino.
  • Manipulation of the resulting 3D model in a similar fashion to a 3D first-person shooter game.
  • Generation of a stand-alone executable package for viewing the exported Rhino model in a three-dimensional representation that requires neither Rhino or Unity installations.
  • Selection of objects for walking through (e.g. windows and doors).

Unity@Rhino is compatible with Rhino 5 for Windows.

Download Uniti@Rhino from food4Rhino....

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Rhino and Grasshopper at the Smartgeometry Conference in Gothenburg

Thu, 2016-02-18 15:31

The next Smartgeometry Conference (sg2016) will take place at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, April 4-9, 2016.

The idea behind Smartgeometry (founded in 2001 as a partnership between Practice, Research and Academia) is to intelligently explore and investigate the potential of mathematics and algorithms in design, engineering and architecture to propose innovative procedures from design to production.

Hybrid Domains- Architecture as interdisciplinary practice” is this year’s topic. In addition to presentations of international keynote speakers, related workshop clusters will be held.

Will Pearson, developer at Robert McNeel & Associates will be present at the “Calibrated Modelling of Form-Active Hybrid Structures” cluster together with Daniel Piker, developer of KangarooPhysics.

Also, PhD candidate Stephanie Chaltiel of the Innochain Network will be one of the tutors at the “Mud, Textiles, and Robots for Large Structures” cluster. McNeel Europe is the industrial partner of the Innochain Network.
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VisualARQ workshop at the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

Wed, 2016-02-17 14:15

BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

VisualARQ Workshop
  • When: February 19 2016, 5 pm - 6 pm
  • Where: Room A4
VisualARQ will participate in the second edition of the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016 that takes place next 18th and 19th of February at the World Trade Center, in Barcelona.

Francesc Salla, VisualARQ product manager, will present the workshop "VisualARQ: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" to show the advantages of using Rhino and VisualARQ in the BIM and architectural design process.

The summit will present the most interesting experiences and the latest advances within this new working method, based on managing the information generated throughout the life cycle of a construction project. This method is worth knowing as a process to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness in any project, edification or civil work.

  Registration and details here...
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Grasshopper workshop in Madrid

Mon, 2016-02-15 17:27

Instituto de Arquitectura Madrid (ETSAM | UPM) is organizing a new Grasshopper workshop:

PVA / Programación visual aplicada a proyectosGrasshopper, nivel Básico/Intermedio
This 20-hour workshop (recognized as 2 ECTS credits) will be led by instructor Sergio del Castillo Tello and will begin at the end of February 2016 (date to be defined).
Training days: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Register now!

Details and registration (in Spanish)...

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New Lynda course: Architecture Site and Envelope

Sat, 2016-02-13 00:07

Dave 'Professor3D' Schultze announced his ninth online course for lynda.com, Rhino Project: Architecture Site and Envelope. At 1 hour 12 minutes long, this course is a lunch-hour / project-focused format, designed to be used in one sitting.

Use this 12-video course to advance your Rhino modeling and workflow skills. Students will first create their site topography with lofting and contours. They will build the building envelope with walls and a foundation, then later with floors and stairs. Dave shows quick ways to build glass curtain walls and move openings like doors and windows on the fly. He also provides tips and tricks for a faster, more efficient workflow in Rhino.

More information...
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AA Visiting School: Haiti 2016

Fri, 2016-02-12 23:36
AA Visiting School: Haiti
July 30 - August 11, 2016

This Architectural Associate workshop is pioneering a new method of designing and testing bamboo structures using Rhino, Grasshopper, and various plug-ins. The workshop explores bamboo as a fast growing source of low cost, lightweight, and flexible construction material.

The course will include site mapping and community discussion, physical and computer modeling, and a bamboo material and construction workshop. As they refine the structures, the participants will also use climate, structural, and wind testing software.

More information ....
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Tensile fabric structures at Google

Fri, 2016-02-12 00:13
SEFAR Architecture TENERA Fabric
Google Tech Corners in Sunnyvale, CA, wanted shade for the central plaza of Google's recent campus expansion. With the help of MPanel in Rhino a design of several hundred triangles fitted on a large curved steel trellis was worked out. The project required nine distinct triangle shapes of TENARA Fabric to fit within the steel geometry. Each triangle had to be within 1.5 inches of the connector hubs when fully tensioned.

MPanel incorporates a set of design tools in an interface to assist tensile fabric structure designers. MPanel works as a floating toolbar inside Rhino 4 or 5. With MPanel you can manipulate your CAD drawing, from the initial relaxation of a mesh to the final production panels that are sent to your plotter or cutter.

Architect: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Installer: Duvall Design Inc.

More info in an AECCafe article...

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Rhino for Rapid Prototyping workshop in London

Thu, 2016-02-11 19:52

Rhino for Rapid Prototyping
FabLab London, UK
May 30-31

Bryan Oknyansky has organized a 2-day workshop on Rapid Prototyping.

This course will teach you how to incorporate the various requirements of different prototyping technologies into your design process in Rhino. Learn simple tasks ranging from analyzing the prototyping health of your model to more complex tasks like designing support structures and nesting 3-D parts for cost-effective prototyping. This two-day course will show you an advanced side of Rhino that bridges the gap from what you see on screen to holding it in your hands (if the prototype fits in them!)
Whatever you plan to prototype, Bryan will teach you how to:
  • orient models for prototyping with 3-D printers and CNC machines
  • analyze model properties to increase chances of prototyping success the first time
  • import vendor templates to organize model parts for export
  • export your model parts in various file types
  • use Rhino's mesh tools to optimize parts for production

Complete details and registration...
Check all other workshops by Bryan on Rhino, Grasshopper, prototyping, architecture, interior design, and fashion here.
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Rhino for Footwear workshop in London

Thu, 2016-02-11 19:48
Rhino for Footwear workshop
FabLab London, UK
June 6-8

Bryan Oknyansky has organized a 3-day workshop in Footwear Design.

By the end of this course, you will be able to develop products designed for cemented, Goodyear welted, vulcanized or alternative manufacturing methods suitable for high-volume, Made To Order and bespoke levels of manufacturing.
Covering a wide range of topics, this course is suitable for the following footwear industry areas of expertise: 
•    Design•    Product development•    Lastmaking•    Mold making (tooling up)•    Grading•    Pattern making•    Technical drawing•    Maquette making
Complete details and registration...
Check all other workshops by Bryan on Rhino, Grasshopper, prototyping, architecture, interior design, and fashion here.
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“Integrating Isogeometric Analysis“- PhD research project at the ITKE Stuttgart within the Innochain Network

Thu, 2016-02-11 15:22

McNeel Europe is the industrial partner of the Innochain Network, a shared research training environment linking academia with industry in architecture and construction. The program is funded by the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement, allowing 15 interdisciplinary researchers to work simultaneously on compatible projects across three core packages.

As part of the Communicating Design package, Innochain researcher Evy L.M. Slabbinck is working on the Integration of Isogeometric Analysis. Her PhD research at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart, is supervised by Prof. Knippers and in collaboration with BIG and McNeel Europe.


Isogeometric analysis is an emerging technology driven by the present gap between the simulation of structural analysis and design software. This newly developed computational method is a new approach to Finite Element Method, taking non-approximated geometry into consideration by using conventional NURBS-based CAD models. The isogeometric concept of using the same basis for geometry and analysis, capable of exactly representing the geometry, enables a higher level of communication and integration. The research aims at the integration of Isogeometric Analysis in today’s CAD packages and exploring its potential for architectural design culture.
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AA Visiting School: LA Experiential, July 2016

Sat, 2016-02-06 01:37

Escape Velocity. Image credit: Matt Silverman

AA Visiting School: L.A. Experiential
Poetic Kinetics
July 21-30, 2016

Los Angeles is the world’s entertainment capital. Year round music festivals provide a constant testing ground for creators and innovators to premiere installations.

Los Angeles Visiting School will integrate technology, engineering, and architecture replicating the environment at which architecture and entertainment work together to create unique experiences.

Inspired by the fast-paced entertainment industry, the AA Visiting School will ask students to design a kinetic structure for a festival of their choosing. Poetic Kinetics will share their expertise in generating large scale kinetic structures from design to build to delivery.

The Visiting School will be two stages: The design stage and the construction stage. In the second stage the students will take part in the construction of the design selected by a jury.

Details and registration...
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LayerClasses - Assign Rhino objects to a specific class

Fri, 2016-02-05 11:09

LayerClasses, a little plug-in that provides you with the possibility to assign any Rhino object to a specific class.

Important: The plug-in currently only works with the WIP versions of Rhino for Windows (6.0 or later) and Mac (5.2 or later). To download the WIP version for Windows, please contact McNeel Support. More information on downloading WIP for Mac is available here.

Using this plug-in, you can build a two-dimensional logic. For example, create layers like "Floor1", "Floor2", "Floor3" and classes like "Windows", "Doors" etc.

  • Add and remove custom classes
  • Show/hide objects in specific classes
  • Select object in a specific class
  • Available in English and German
Download LayerClasses from food4Rhino
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Remote control for Grasshopper

Thu, 2016-02-04 21:05

NBBJ Digital Practice has a very nice option for the remote control of Grasshopper.

Human UI - named after the author Andrew Heumann - is a new interface paradigm for Grasshopper. Use Human UI to create professional looking Grasshopper apps with custom user interfaces -- without writing any code.

 More info and download links .... 
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Ivy - Mesh analysis, partitioning and unrolling in Grasshopper

Thu, 2016-02-04 17:36

Ivy is a plug-in for mesh analysis, partitioning and unrolling inside the Grasshopper environment.

Ivy uses notions and algorithms from Graph Theory and applies them towards mesh geometry exploration. To enable the use of graph theory specific algorithms, a new custom data type was created.

The MeshGraph is an abstract construct that combines the geometric characteristics of the mesh with sets of linked data containers.

The data containers that can be visualized as the mesh faces are the nodes of the graph and the links between them are the graph edges.

The graph edges can be visualized as the mesh topological edges.

Download Ivy from food4Rhino
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SFMOMA Expansion opening May 14th

Wed, 2016-02-03 20:37

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's (SFMOMA) building expansion is opening May 14, 2016.

Oslo-based Snohetta designed this 10-story building for SFMOMA. And local Kreysler & Associates fabricated the contoured and rippled facade.

The project is ground-breaking is several ways. Unconventional and innovative methods were used for the fabrication. The composite panels are a fire-resistant design and ultra-light. And the facade panels are now the largest architectural application of composites technology in the United States.

Each composite facade panel is different, so Kreysler & Associates relied heavily on digital fabrication with Rhino and Grasshopper to mold the unique shapes.

Kreysler specializes in composites and digital fabrication. They often work with artists and architects on large sculptural works, acoustic surfaces, facade panels, and replicas of historic building elements for restoration projects.

"Leading up to this project, our in-house R&D pertaining to fire resistant composites has opened the door to more widespread use of these materials in the future. The whole process has relied heavily on our facility with software -- in our case Rhino -- for early conversations with the designers all the way through construction coordination, in-house fabrication, production tracking, and quality control."

"Rhino is like our 'digital pocket knife'. It's intuitive, inexpensive, adaptable, and has a huge community of users for support and developing custom tools. Nearly every project we do sees Rhino at one point or another." - Comments from Bill Kreysler, in an interview in NOVEDGE blog.

Construction details...
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Rhino & Grasshopper training in South Africa

Fri, 2016-01-29 13:59

SimplyRhino South Africa has updated its training schedule for 2016:

  • February 23-24 - Rhino Intro
  • February 25-27 - Rhino Level One
  • February 28-29 - March 1 - Rhino Level Two
  • March 2 - Grasshopper 
Cape Town
  • March 15-16 - Rhino Intro
  • March 17-19 - Rhino Level One
  • March 20-22 - Rhino Level Two
Details and registration...
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