past workshops

‘Rhinoscripting Workshop in the Hyperbody Studio at the TU Delft’ – workshop supporting msc3 studio project

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Collaboration:  TU Delft/ Hyperbody Studio

Language: english

Location: Delft, Holland

Generative tool: Rhinoscripting

Tutors: Agata Kycia, Krzysztof Górnicki and Han Feng (from Hyperbody Studio)

We would like to thank TU Delft Hyperbody Studio for inviting us for this workshop (special thanks to dr. Nimish Biloria and Jelle Feringa)

WF’s Agata Kycia and Krzysztof Gornicki (with Han Feng) tutored a rhinoscripting/grasshopper workshop in the Hyperody Studio at the TU Delft. The workshop was a part of Msc3 master program and its purpose was to introduce generative techniques to the students. Thus during first days we started with a theoretical introduction to parametric/generative design and introduction to Visual Basic syntax. Next we worked on examples of generative processes which can be applied for architecure and design. In a 3rd day of the workshop we focused on developing computational techniques for digital fabrication. Students were were writing different scripts for unfolding and numbering processes and creating rib-structures out of any possible surface. The purpose of this session was to prepare students for making final prototypes of their msc3 studio design proposals. At the end all the participants could consult their studio project with all the tutors in terms of possible applications of Rhinoscripting.

‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ – master course seminar at the Wasaw University of Technology

Project 01 (students: J. Bartos, M.Piotrowska, J. Soltyk and A. Zajkowski)
The idea of the project was to separate certain part of the staircase area from its overall space. Thus the shape of the project starts from a simple rectangle and the gradually offers semi closed space at its lower level. Both global shape of the design and its local components details are parametrically driven by a set of parameters. The project was fabricated (in collaboration with NC.art company) and installed in the main hall of Warsaw University of Technology.

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Project 02 (students: M. Brzeski, A. Rokicka, M. Rudnicki, D. Pędrakowski, P. Michalak)
The idea of the project was to create a lamp which starts from two double-curved surfaces. For this reason GC script has been developed as a tool for conversion of two double-curved surfaces in two meshes made of triangles, that are interconnected to ensure stability of construction. Depending on version base geometry may be imported from external file or be generated inside the script. The project was fabricated in 1:1 scale.

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Collaboration:  Warsaw University of Technology / Architecture Faculty / Pracownia Projektowania Architektonicznego Wspomaganego Komputerem – Katedra Projektowania Architektonicznego

Language: polish.

Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Generative tool: Generative Components

Fabrication tool: 2-axis CNC mill and laser cutter

Material: PCV and Plexiglass

Tutors: Agata Kycia, Dorota Kabała, Krystian Kwiecinski, Michal Piasecki, Krzysztof Górnicki

‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ seminar was a part of a fall semester master program at Warsaw University of Technology. We would like to thank Warsaw University of Technology for their help in organizing this seminar.

‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ was a seminar run during a master course at the Warsaw University of Technology (WAPW). Its aim was to introduce parametric software and the CNC manufacturing processes to the students. Thus the classes started with the theoretical introduction to computational processes in architecture and Bentley’s Generative Components tutorials. Later on the students were divided into four groups of 3-4 people working separately on their designs. The subject of the studio project was a design of a three dimensional installation in the space of the main staircase at the WAPW building. One of the main objectives of the studio was to fabricate one or two of the installations using a 2-axis milling machine or laser cutter. Finally two out of four student projects were fabricated in 1:1 scale.

WF_095 NYC Rhinoscripting seminar

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Language: english.

Location: NYC, USA

Generative tool: Rhinoceros Visual Basic script.

Tutors: Erik Thorson, Monika Szawiola

WF_95 took place in New York from November 4th to November 23rd .  Participants included both students and professionals.
We would like to thank Studios Go for their fantastic facilities and cooperation.

In November we instructed our second rhinoscripting seminar in New York. During the first class we gave an introduction to VB syntax, loops and conditional statements establishing a foundation for the seminar. During the second class we worked with vectors, teaching students to use the rhino.OrinetObject() method, populating surfaces with modeled and deformable elements. In a 3rd and a 4th class we taught a method of subdividing surfaces, adding an attractor and creating a gradient depending on a derived distance parameter. Students completed given exercises in subdivision and paneling. During the last class we presented a method which enables one to import external parameters from excel presenting the possibility of program interaction.

WF_093 – Rhinoscripting and digital fabrication (17.10.2009 – 23.10.2009)

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Collaboration:  OSSA

Language: polish.

Location: Poznań, Poland.

Generative tool: Rhinoceros Visual Basic script.

Fabrication tool: 2-axis CNC mill.

Material: mdf.

Tutors: Dorota Kabała, Krzysztof Górnicki

WF_093 workshop took place in Poznań, Poland from Oct 17th untill Oct 23rd.

WF_093 workshop took place in Poznań, Poland from Oct 17th until Oct 23rd.  We started with the introduction to generative and parametric design tools and the introduction to digital fabrication. After the participants developed the idea we started designing. All 13 participants developed the form using Rhinoscripting. We were able to parametrically adjust the final form to the sheets size of the material. The object was fabricated from 8mm MDF sheets using a 2-axis CNC mill.

Our subject was to rethink the relation between the last floor of Collegium Altum building and the eerie feeling associate with the space. After participants developed the idea they started generating a 3D model using Rhinoscripting.

WF_094 NYC Rhinoscripting seminar





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Language: english.

Location: NYC, USA

Generative tool: Rhinoceros Visual Basic script.

Tutors: Erik Thorson, Monika Szawiola

WF_94 took place in New York from July 22nd to August 12th.  Participants included both students and professionals.
We would like to thank Studios Go for their fantastic facilities and cooperation.

This august we held the first workshops factory seminar in North America. It was a 4 week seminar which introduced the potential of scripting as not only a generative tool but as an analysis tool. The seminar was based on rhinoscript, teaching the fundamentals of visual basic, exercising and exploring the Rhinoscript library, and practicing through a series of exercises , tutorials and independent investigations.
Week 1: Visual Basic Introduction. Students began writing scripts using basic Rhinoscript commands in looping and conditional statements.
Week 2: Vectors and Functions. Students used a closest point function to populate a pointcloud with a series of parametric framing elements.
Week 3: Surfaces: Students learned to subdivide surfaces along their U and V directions. Exercises included surface population according to normal’s, parametric trussing and surface paneling.
Week 4: Solar Gain Study: Students learned to inform their designs by importing external data from an excel spreadsheet. This provided knowledge allowing for color coding solar gain levels and parametrically adjusting building skin apertures.

WF_092 – Generative Components and digital fabrication (17.08.2009-21.08.2009)


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Collaboration:

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Language: polish.

Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Generative tool: Generative Components.

Fabrication tool: water-jet.

Material: plywood.

Tutors: Agata Kycia, Krzysztof Gornicki, Michal Piasecki.

WF_092 was a workshop organized in collaboration with Bentley Systems Polska and sztuka-architektury.pl. During first four days participants activities where centered around acquiring parametric modeling skills. The notion of associative geometry was introduction on practical examples along with pieces of GC scripting in C# (C Sharp). The aim of the workshop was to underline the continuum created by computational design techniques and computer aided manufacturing. Last day of the workshop was devoted to fabrication and assembly of one of the designs created during the workshop.

WF_091 – parametric urban furniture (03.04.2009 – 05.04.2009)

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Collaboration:  waw krzywe

Language: polish.

Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Generative tool: Rhinoceros Visual Basic script.

Fabrication tool: thermal plotter.

Material: polystyrene.

Tutors: Agata Kycia, Dorota Kabała, Krzysztof Górnicki, Krystian Kwieciński, Michał Piasecki.

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WF_091 was a workshop on generative design methodologies and computer aided manufacturing, organized by Workshops Factory in collaboration with Warsaw University of Technology, School of Architecture (WAPW). It took place from 3rd to 5th of April 2009 at the WAPW’s premises in Warsaw.

The aim of the workshop was to explore the potentials of a fully integrated design process which incorporates digital techniques from a very early stage starting with the use of programming and scripting as design strategy leading  to digital fabrication as the construction technique. Such a process is The participants of the workshop were about to design generative algorithms to personalize urban furniture and then manufacture instances of those procedures at 1:1 scale.

The workshop began with a set of presentations on the potential of generative methodologies in design, design as a controlled flow of information and computer aided manufacturing. Later, participants where introduced to the syntax of Visual Basic for applications – a scripting language built into the popular 3d modeler Rhinoceros. The  majority of participants did not poses any prior knowledge of programing. However, within one day they where able to familiarize themselves with Rhinoscript enough to be able to implement their own generative procedure into the main script provided by Workshops Factory. Defining the parameters was also a responsibility of the participants. The shape of the urban furniture became dependent on: age, weight or height of the furnitureʼs users. There was even one example dependent on the size of users’ laptop. The next part of the workshop consisted of manufacturing prototypes of urban furniture in 1:1 scale.

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