Parakeet
(by Esmaeil)
Parakeet is a collection of tools to facilitate design process focusing in form finding and geometrical functions.
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Parakeet is a collection of components to be used as a toolkit. Components are centered around geometrical approach for design and form-finding methods.

For now, Parakeet has 7 Categories: Brick, Primitives, Form Finding, Curve, Mesh, Surface and utilities.

Main features in each category are:

  • Bricks:
    • Several patterns/grids useful for algorithmic brick design.
  • Primitives:
    • Collection of Basic geometries with different mathmathical properties
  • Form Finding
    • Collection of Method for generating patterns and/or shapes
      • 2D/3D Aggregations: Methods for replication geometries with optional obstacles.
      •  Star Pattern: A Geometrical Method of generating Islamic Pattern, the Method can apply on every kind of Tessellation or Space filling Grids (See the Components description for more) and is capable of generating variety of Patterns or ’Girih’ 
  • Curve
      • Polygon Area: Create a polygon with predefined area
      • Divide Curve Variable: Divides a curves based on curvature and optional Maximum Tolerance
  • Mesh
      • Mesh Topology: Retrieves full topology of Mesh
      • Mesh Cap: Caps all holes by covering Naked Edges
  • Surface
      • Panelized Sum Surface: Creates a Planar Quad panelization on a surface, generated by two profile curves
      • Reverse Surface: Reverses U and V direction (domain) of a surface
      • Mesh Surface Variable: Creates a Mesh based on curvature of base surface (Larger mesh faces in flat areas)
  • Utilities
      • Mouse: Retrieves Mouse coordinates and button status
      • Color interpolate: Simple method of creating customized gradients and color sets.
      • Face Me and Zoom to: two component to facilitate working with Camera, creating animation/documents

 

Important Notes:

  1. We have tested the plugin with Rhino 6; SR7 and Grasshopper 0.0007 (x64 architecture), it seems to be stable, anyhow always save your project and valuable data. Use this plugin ‘as it as’. It has no warranties.
  2. Parakeet is in early stages, we greatly appreciate if you report any inconveniences and bugs; most importantly if you have any suggestions for new components please send them to the support email

 

Installation Notes:

Download the ‘parakeet.gha’, Make sure it is ‘Unblocked’ (Right Click on the .gha file and click on unblock button in attributes section), Place the file in your ‘Components Folder’. (Components folder can be found via grasshopper: File -> Special Folders -> Components Folders). Restart Rhino and Grasshopper.  (or checkout this video about how to install grasshopper plugins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB5wkh79Pv4)

 

Parakeet initiated az an internal tool in our office ‘Paragen Creative studio’ (Esmaeil mottaghi, Arman Khalilbeigi, Sina Salimzadeh) and later developed by Esmaeil mottaghi as an independent GH Plugin.               

 

Parakeet Release Log:


     Parakeet 0.0.1 [Release Candidate]

  •      Parakeet beta release candidate offers 34 components in 7 categories.

    Parakeet 0.0.2 

  •     8 New Components, Minor Bug Fixes, New Components in Brick Category, New Component for Generating Islamic/Geometrical Patterns (Star Pattern)
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