Funicular Form Finding
The Rhinoceros® Plug-In RhinoVAULT emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures. Using reciprocal diagrams, it provides an intuitive, fast method, adopting the same advantages of techniques such as Graphic Statics, but offering a viable extension to fully three-dimensional problems.
Our goal is to share key aspects of our research in a comprehensible and transparent setup to let one not only create beautiful shapes but also to give the user an understanding of the underlying structural principles. By now the plugin was downloaded by more than 10.000 people (via BRG website
) and in 2014 RhinoVAULT was awarded in the category 'Structure / Physics Formation' at ALGODeQ
, an international competition for algorithmic design programs. We are happy that the tool could be of use for students and professionals around the world to realize some amazing projects. Knowing about you work is very helpful for the development of the software and in general amazingly motivating. So, please get in touch if you have exciting projects, made with RhinoVAULT, you want to share or if you are interested in collaborative work and workshops (firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for case studies and survey
We are looking for convincing case studies. If you can answer one of the following questions with “yes,” I would love to hear from you:
- Did you use RhinoVAULT in the design process for a real structure/building?
- Did you use RhinoVAULT for a student design project and/or master thesis?
- Did you use RhinoVAULT to design and build a model, prototype or pavilion?
- Did you use RhinoVAULT as a teaching tool in your class?
Please send an Email to rippmann(at)arch.ethz.ch with details or a download link (via wetransfer, dropbox etc.) until 15th of September.
We have also created a short and simple survey form (will take less than 3 minutes) for anybody who ever used RhinoVAULT and is willing to share her or his experience. Link to the RhinoVAULT survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_STDTN6M0RYOS00l_nNQ9tHGh7ExAx2fhW6XyVZXPhA/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=send_form
All of the participants will be entered into a drawing for a copy of the book “Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization” (Cool extra: The book will be signed by some of the book’s authors!)
The winner will be notified and announced on our blog.
We are looking forward to hearing from you! (rippmann(at)arch.ethz.ch)
The development of RhinoVAULT is currently supported by the BLOCK Research Group at ETH Zurich. It is shared freely in the hope that you will enjoy it and use it for original and creative work. It can be freely shared and used for academic and commercial purposes, but with proper attribution. Please refer to our papers:
Happy Form Finding!