On Monday, February 16th 2009 McNeel Europe organized the first Rhino Users Meeting in Barcelona.  Rhino users yound and old, local and from further afield congregated in Barcelona to discuss new developments in Rhino.  LaN Co-Director Luis Fraguada was invited to speak on the work of LaN and how LaN implements Rhino into their collaborative workflow.  Shane Salisbury also spoke at the event along with Tomas Diez from the IaaC Fab Lab.

The keynote speakers at the event were Federico Fargas y Maruan Halabi from the technical office at the Sagrada Familia.  During this one hour discussion Fargas and Halabi discussed at lengths the geometric components which generate the forms for the unfinished church in Barcelona.  As has been studied, Gaudi used a combination of planes, conics, parabaloids, and hyperboloids as the 4 geometric bases for designing the church.  What was more revealing was the way that Gaudi was attempting to resolve the geometric associations in order to leave a clear direction for completing the church long after his death.  Gaudi was aware that the project would not be completed during his lifetime, this compeled him to work at the site of the Sagrada Familia for 40 years.  The last of these 10 years were dedicated completely to working on the Sagrada Familia.  What this means is that during this time, Gaudi and his team completed the works for other projects on site at the Sagrada Familia.  Works during this time served as experiments of material and geometry which further enriched the Sagrada Familia project.  This coincides with Palau Güell, Crypt at Colonia Güell, Casa Calvet, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Parc Güell, and a few other works which were designed in the shadow of the construction of the Nativity facade.

More and more the technical office is using Rhino for testing variations of geometries prior to checking the models for STL fabrication.  Gaudi worked extensively with models at 1/25 or 1/10 scale.  Fortunately plaster models withstood the fire in 1926 during the Spanish Civil War which destroyed not only all of the plans for the Sagrada Familia, but ALL of Gaudi’s plans for any of his works.  Unfortunately many of these plaster models broke, and the workmen packed them up in sacks and buried them around the site of the church, meaning the site of the Sagrada Familia is as much a construction site as it is an archeological dig.  Today models can be 3D printed with higher detail at a smaller scale.  This allows the team to continue to work through physical models.

It was a fascinating discussion for anyone who has read about or visited this impressive building.