LaN announces its second ON-SITE:Barcelona workshop with modules to be held August 10-30, 2009.  In 2008, LaN’s first BCN workshop at IaaC / Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia drew participants from 12 countries to attend lectures and technical seminars furthering their understanding of digital design and fabrication in architecture.  This year LaN extends the workshop with parallel intro sessions in all LAN ports–Barcelona / Boulder / Brooklyn / Bozeman (Aug 10-12).  In 2009, you choose your modules.

**All modules will be taught in English with possible assistance in Spanish.



August 7, 2009: final day applications accepted
August 10-12, 2009: PHASE I – Modules [North America and Barcelona]
August 17-22, 2009: PHASE II – Modules [Barcelona @ IaaC / Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia ]
August 24-30, 2009: PHASE III – Urban Drifts Workshop  [Barcelona @ IaaC / Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia]

*All McNeel Rhinoceros courses will be taught by a Rhino Certified Trainer

PHASE I: Aug 10-12

Phase I will be conducted in parallel in BARCELONA / BOULDER / BROOKLYN / BOZEMAN and are meant to familiarize participants with software and techniques.  Phase I registration is inclusive of both module 1 & 2.

Pricing EU: €500 or €250 for participants also joining in subsequent phases. US: $500 or $250 for participants also joining in subsequent phases.

1. Rhino Introduction – 12hrs
This module will introduce McNeel’s Rhinoceros 3d focusing on tools and techniques geared towards digital design.

2. RhinoFab: Rhino + Fabrication – 12hrs
The RhinoFab module will build an understanding of the tools available for constructing, organizing, and analyzing geometry for fabrication within Rhinoceros 3D.  McNeel and Third-Party plugins will be utilized to extend Rhino’s functionality.


Phase II modules will take place at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia [IaaC] in Barcelona, Spain and will deal with scripting, parametric design and fabrication provided by FabLab BCN.
Pricing: €400 per module or €700 for two modules.

3. RhinoScript – 20hrs
RhinoScript is a vbScript based scripting language which allows for the creation of custom tools in order to extend Rhino’s functionality.  This module will explore the benefits of embedding scripted processes into the participant’s workflow.

4. Parametric Modelling in Rhino: Grasshopper – 20hrs
Grasshopper is a generative modelling plug-in for McNeel Rhinoceros 3D.  Grasshopper effectively adds parametric functionality to Rhino.  This module will explore this powerful plug-in and the logic behind constructing associative models.

5. Introduction to Digital Fabrication – 20hrs
This introduction to digital fabrication seeks to associate the designer with contemporary techniques and machinery available for prototyping and design. Participants in this module will complete three projects which will deal with laser cutting, 3d Printing, and CNC Milling.

6. Machining Processes- 20hrs
This prototyping module focuses on taking advantage of advanced scripting and parametric modeling techniques to generate fabrication geometry.

PHASE III: ‘Urban Drifts’ Workshop Aug 17 – 22


40hrs – Pricing: €800 or €700 in conjunction with other phases.

A DRIFT can be understood as a gradual displacement of matter due to natural forces.  What then defines a drift– its form, resolution, displacement, or its accumulation over the ground? Think of the range from a banal and subtle snow bank, to a drift as imposing and evocative as a sand dune in the Sahara Desert reaching 180 meters in height.  While the factors that control a drift’s formation are varying over time, the drift itself however, becomes a stratified record of the precise associations between natural conditions and material displacement.

LaN defines DRIFTS as the reciprocal associations emerging between a human construct and it’s contextual conditions as explored through a 1:1 design-to-fabrication scale design-to-fabrication dialogue.

LaN proposes the infrastructural qualities of a rural drift and asks & how natural forces can be utilized in micro-spaces to communicate with macro environments (city/landscape).  LaN sees the urban drift as an infrastructural agent which renders a hidden landscape of environmental conditions on micro-sites throughout Barcelona.

1:1 scale ‘drift’ prototype will be developed + fabricated utilizing CNC facilities at Fablab BCN housed within IaaC


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