lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2009

Patterns and conventions using Rhinoscripting language

Abstract. Two exhibits made evident that complex shapes generated through scripts are the attention focus of both educators and professionals. These projects did not start with traditional representation conventions (front view, plan and cross section) but with biological, geometrical or mathematical references, where patterns are recurrent. Using scripts it is possible to write and represent possibilities; blogs allow the publication of the results. In this context, a blog was created (2008) to publish methods and subjects extracted from workshops and manuals featuring rhinoscripting. During a year more than 57000 users accessed; the results of this documentation are hereby presented. Full paper (only in spanish)

Source: SIGraDi 2009 - Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics, Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 16-18, 2009 (cumincad). Including 2 pages from my presentation (pp.54 and pp.56)

lunes, 2 de noviembre de 2009

Marco Vanucci :: Differential Fields

November 9, 2009 from 9am to 11am
Location: Facoltà di Ingegneria (map) Universita di Bologna
Street: v.le Risorgimento 2. City/Town: Bologna
Source: Ar-ca3 at Bologna University, studio run by Alessio Erioli
More information here
Prof. Alessio Erioli present Theory to Practice Lectures (PDF)

Marco Vanucci is a London-based architect and researcher.
In 2007 he founded OPENSYSTEMS, an architectural research and design studio that explores the emergent interdisciplinary interaction between architecture, engineering, biology and computation.
His understanding of architecture as a problem of engineering material organization focuses his research on the development of an integral and coherent design approach at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computation in the endeavor to develop generative and performative systems.
After his graduation from the Architectural Association in 2004, he was employed by Zaha Hadid where he worked, among other projects, on the new London Aquatic Centre for the Olympics 2012. Marco is currently working at AKT where he found the opportunity to develop his interest for non–linear system organization and all that there is in between architecture and engineering.
Marco has had his work featured in several exhibitions across Europe and North America; he has also participated to numerous conferences and symposia among which Acadia 2008 in Minneapolis. He has been invited as guest critic at the Architectural Association and at Columbia University and delivered several design workshops in Europe.
He currently continues to pursue his personal research, which can be accessed through the blog openSystems.

domingo, 1 de noviembre de 2009

Design Scripting Workshop at Harvard GSD

November 2 and 3, 19:45 hrs. to 22:15 hr.
Gund Hall 111 Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The Workshop will cover basic programming techniques for the manipulation of 3-D geometry. At the end of the workshop participants will have the tools to confidently use RhinoScript for developing their own plug-ins and exploring design ideas through computation.

Conduced by
Taro Narahara. Doctoral Candidate GSD and guests.
Kenfield Griffith, Ph.D. Candidate, Computation Group, MIT
Daniel Cardoso, Ph.D. Candidate, Computation Group, MIT

viernes, 30 de octubre de 2009

GENERATE: International Seminar on Algorithmic Architecture

GENERATE: International Seminar on Algorithmic Architecture
Department of Architecture,
University of Oulu, Finland
30th October 2009 website

Architects all over the world are fascinated by algorithmic architecture which uses computer scripting to generate design solutions. Scripts are made out of series of written commands which can be programmed to solve complex geometric problems. Scripts can also be used to generate new, unexpected outcomes as they have the ability to evaluate, process and build on the given commands. In architecture scripting can be used in a variety of ways for different purposes ranging from automation of simple tasks to the management of entire design processes.
Key international speakers include Michael Hensel, David Serero, Luis Fraguada, Martin Tamke and Markus Wikar.

jueves, 29 de octubre de 2009

martes, 27 de octubre de 2009

SG Fall Event: Open Platform at TU Delft

The deadline for applications is November 15th.
Training in GenerativeComponents and Grasshopper
Parallel workshop using alternative technologies (C++/OpenGL, RhinoScript, Processing)
To more information please visit the website
To register send an email to
All applicants will be notified on their acceptance on November 18th and to arrange fee payment.

viernes, 17 de julio de 2009

LaN ON-SITE BARCELONA v2: August 2009

Live Architecture Network :: LaN :: is based in Barcelona, Spain, and will approach the investigation of the urban domain through the use of scripting and digital fabrication.
LaN announces its second ON-SITE:Barcelona workshop with modules to be held August 10-30, 2009. (Past workshop).
  • July 10, 2009: Applications open Apply Online
  • August 7, 2009: Applications Closed
  • August 10-12, 2009: PHASE I - Modules [North America and Barcelona] (1. Rhino Introduction - 12hrs + 2. RhinoFab: Rhino + Fabrication - 12hrs)
  • August 17-22, 2009: PHASE II - Modules [Barcelona @ IaaC] (3. RhinoScript - 20hrs + 4. Parametric Modelling in Rhino: Grasshopper - 20hrs + 5. Introduction to Digital Fabrication - 20hrs + 6. Machining Processes- 20hrs)
  • August 24-30, 2009: PHASE III-Urban Drifts Workshop [Barcelona @ IaaC] (‘Urban Drifts’ Workshop - 40hrs)

:: More information :: Contact :: About LaN: Monika Wittig + Luis Fraguada + Shane Salisbury + James Coleman + CarloMaria Ciampoli + Aaron Willette

domingo, 12 de julio de 2009

William J. Mitchell: "Imagine the Algorithm"

ACM SIGGRAPH 2008 Design & Computation Gallery
Los Angeles, California
Introduction, Pages 8-9.
Year of Publication: 2008. ISBN:978-1-60558-344-0
(PDF) ACM Account required

(...) "How do designers create elegantly economical input sequences? By exploiting principles of order. A repetitive design, for example, can be specified very economically by first describing the repeating element, and then giving a “repeat” command with appropriate parameters. This does not take much work on the designer’s part, but it creates a lot of commands for the fabrication device to execute. However, if a design is composed of arbitrarily located random shapes – with no evident order – then the designer’s only option is to specify each shape and location explicitly. This may not result in any more instructions for the fabrication device to execute, but it requires a lot more input from the designer."
(...) "In general though, there is no recipe for creating elegantly simple input to generate extensive and varied fabricated forms, just as there is no recipe for deriving elegantly simple scientific laws that describe widely varied phenomena. In both cases, it takes creative insight into underlying structure."
(...) "Here, then, is a way of critically examining and understanding the artifacts on display in this show. For each one, try to imagine the shortest algorithm that would generate it. Then generalize, and imagine an algorithm that would produce variations on the theme. If you can come up with something clever and cogent, you have achieved a deep understanding of the piece."

lunes, 29 de junio de 2009

TEMP: Rhinoscripting in Chile

Se establecieron las inscripciones para el Workshop:
Valor (in chilean pesos): Hasta el Domingo 26 de Julio
  • $120.000 profesionales (15 cupos)
  • $60.000 estudiantes (15 cupos)
Desde el Lunes 27 de Julio hasta el Sábado 8 de Agosto
  • $150.000 profesionales
  • $75.000 estudiantes
More information

miércoles, 24 de junio de 2009

WF_094 rhino scripting seminar: July 2009

Workshops Factory_094 rhino scripting seminar: NYC :: July :: 2009
The role of the computer as an integral tool for architecture is rapidly changing. When once it was simply used to create construction documents it is now used as a design aid and in some cases a consultant. This class will offer the opportunity for architects and designers to begin to understand and utilize the algorithmic process as a tool for design by way of Rhinoscript. Scripting is not considered a means to an end but rather a valuable tool used to make certain tasks less tedious and certain decisions more informed.
There are many tools currently available to achieve parametric control of a project. We are choosing Rhinoscipt because of its relatively low cost and high level of resources and documentation. We also feel it is important for our students to come away from the class more comfortable with computer syntax. Learning to understand syntax is a timeless skill which will always be at the core of the algorithmic process. Additionally we feel that scripting is something that is learned overtime with a very “hands on” attitude. This is why we leave ample time between classes for independent investigation.

Workshops Factory (WF) :: Krzysztof Jakub Gornicki :: Dorota Kabała :: Agata Kycia :: Krystian Kwieciński :: Michal Piasecki :: Monika Szawioła :: Erik Thorson.

Class Structure
Classes will be held from 7:30 to 10 on Wednesday nights at 28 west 27th st in Manhattan at Studios GO . Each class will consist of a short lecture, guided example and work session. Scripts will be distributed to provide an example and basis for independent study between classes.
For further information and pricing contact workshops factory : email
with the subject “nyc”. Spaces are limited and people will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Please find the Syllabus

viernes, 19 de junio de 2009

TEMP: Marc Fornes en Chile

TEMP, tecnologías, estrategias y metodologías proyectuales, es un evento que se ubica en el encuentro entre la computación, en su veta más profunda, y el diseño. El evento, que ocurrirá en Santiago y Valparaíso, en Agosto de 2009, se compone de un workshop dictado por el arquitecto francés Marc Fornes, y un seminario abierto donde estos temas será explorados en un contexto más transversal.
El workshop se realizará en la ciudad de Valparaíso entre los días 10 y 14 de Agosto, y se enfocará en técnicas de diseño y fabricación digital, enfocándose en "procesos encriptados", trabajando en base a lógicas computacionales, como scripting y diseño mediante algoritmos.
El taller es organizado por BANGS bajo el auspicio de la Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

lunes, 15 de junio de 2009

Parametric Design Workshop HTWK Leipzig

Leipzig, 26th -29th of June 2009 :: More information WEB
Tutors from: Barcelona: Luis Fraguada :: Ioulietta Zindrou :: Maite Bravo :: Verena Vogler / Bucharest: Dimitrie Stefanescu / Leipzig: Henning Rambow, Patrik Bedarf

domingo, 7 de junio de 2009

Algorithmic Aesthetics

Algorithmic Aesthetics:
Computer Models for Criticism and Design in the Arts
by George Stiny and James Gips
Originally published by University of California Press, 1978.
The copyright was returned to the authors when the book went out of print, so we are putting the book up on the web for free.
Despues de estar disponible en imágenes por varios años (TOC) se encuentra disponible la versión en PDF de este clásico de Stiny y Gips.

sábado, 16 de mayo de 2009

Alisa Andrasek at Centre Pompidou

Biothing in the permanent collection at the Centre Pompidou
Paris 2009/2010
Work :: Writing :: Publications ::
Public Opening
May, 25th Centre Pompidou :: Levels 04-05.
Congratulations Alisa!.

martes, 12 de mayo de 2009

Taller de Processing en Chile

  • Sesión 01: Introducción a la Programación.
    Martes 19 de Mayo de 19 a 22 hrs.
  • Sesión 02: Animación e Interactividad.
    Martes 26 de Mayo de 19 a 22 hrs.
  • Sesión 03: Geometría Compleja y Objetos.
    Martes 2 de Junio de 19 a 22 hrs.
    Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María UTFSM
    Edificio P sala 01
    Organiza: Colectivo Bangs

lunes, 11 de mayo de 2009

Algorithms for Visual Design

Algorithms for Visual Design Using the Processing Language
(May, 2009) by Kostas Terzidis
Description :: Table of Contents :: Author Information :: Downloads
Amazon Look Inside :: USA :: UK :: German :: France :: Japan

domingo, 10 de mayo de 2009

Software Studies: Software Takes Command

Software Studies: Software Takes Command
(Nov., 2008) by Lev Manovich
Software Studies initiative
DOWNLOAD THE BOOK: PDF no footnotes :: DOC includes footnotes
Version: November 20, 2008.

viernes, 8 de mayo de 2009

Workshop Rhinoscript at ETSAM (Madrid)

Nuevamente el arquitecto de nacionalidad chilena, Carlos de la Barrera del Grupo de Diseño Emergente presenta los resultados de su taller RhinoScript realizado en el Departamento de Ideación Gráfica Arquitectónica de la ETSAM en España, bajo la coordinación general de Carmen García Reig e Ismael García Rios.
En dos sesiones (15 y 16 de abril), siguieron técnicas desarrolladas en otros talleres de implementación de tecnologías usando programación (como Data Types, Mathematical Operations, Conditionals, Loopings, Arrays, Functions and Advanced Functions, Curves Analisys y Surface Analysis). Gracias a la participación del matemático Antonio Casas, introducen el ultimo día algunos experimentos con ecuaciones paramétricas para la generación de superficies.
Los trabajos se pueden revisar en una galeria publicada por Carlos en la pagina de g.d.e.s.
Créditos: Imagen 1: Pablo Miranda
Mis felicitaciones nuevamente por los resultados.

jueves, 7 de mayo de 2009

WF091 Rhinoscripting Workshop (Poland)

Entre el 3 y el 5 abril bajo la organización de Michal Piasec y el equipo de Workshops Factory (Krzysztof Jakub Gornicki+Dorota Kabała+Agata Kycia+Krystian Kwieciński+Monika Szawioła) se realizó el taller de rhinoscripting y fabricación digital en la Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.
Se empleó Rhinoscripting como técnica de diseño generativo para la exploración y fabricación.
Las conferencias iniciales sobre procesos generativos (Piasec), manufactura asistida ordenador (Kabała) y la de gestion del diseño (Kwieciński) sirvieron para que equipos de seis participantes desarrollaran propuestas de mobiliario en escala 1:1.
Los detalles de cada dia a continuación en las galerias creadas por los tutores del taller.
English version by Michal Piasec (html). Día 1 :: Día 2 :: Día 3 :: Videos
Créditos: Imagen 1. Grupo 2. Kama Koska, Ewa Stankiewicz y Marta Walasek. Imagen 2. Michal Piasec.