3+ day seminar on LIVE aspects of digital design & fabrication for architecture:

Workshop Proposal:

Its clear in 2010 perhaps more than ever that significant shifts in economies and culture can occur extremely rapidly; climatic crisis can devastate enormous populations in seconds. Our architectural response is critical. The architectural recourse of one crisis needs to be more than a temporary fix as it is often the only opportunity to implement further preventative measures for a future occurrence.  This workshop exposes digitally-driven technologies aiding the architectural realm in developing design intentions in accordance with  environmental, material & production parameters.  Workshop explores how to implement TODAY the utilization of advancing technologies whether a student or design professional.  Parametric approaches are not limited to the software one uses but more importantly a shift in thinking of multi-phase aspects of an architectural project. Join us in forwarding the relevance of these practices to very real-world scenarios. LaN asks you to abandon representation modes of design and practice LIVE.




    sample schedule subject to final confirmation

    • MAY 7:  DAY 1 – (optional)
    • 6-9pm
    • INTRODUCTION TO RHINOCEROS 4.0  3D MODELING SOFTWARE for more on Rhino >>
    • MAY 8: DAY 2 – SAT
    • 10am-1pm / 2pm-4pm  
    • LECTURE : ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSE
    • LECTURE : FABRICATION TECHNOLOGIES
    • INSTRUCTIONAL : RHINO FOR FABRICATION / OPENSOURCE UTILITIES
    • Learn the 3d modeling environment of Rhinoceros through a fabrication focus. Emphasizing commands and strategies relevant to machining complex geometries… let us frame your modeling thinking back to design, materiality, and advanced geometry. Participants will gain a geometrical understanding of surface types and how they can be analyzed, categorized, and most importantly…constructed.
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    • DIRECTED WORKSESSION
    • MAY 9: DAY 3 – SUN
    • 10am-1pm / 2pm-4pm  
    • LECTURE: GEOMETRY FOR PERFORMANCE
    • INSTRUCTIONAL: RHINOCAM
    • RhinoCAM leads us on an exploration of CNC milling–3axis, 5 axis, 7 and on.  LaN walks participants through machinery & processes, technical aspects of  Rhinocam & of course the design to production feedback loop–machining aspects that drive your design from initial phases. Output is no longer an afterthought.  Rhinocam exercises include 2, 2.5, & 3D surfacing operations. Simulations via RhinoCAM in Rhinoceros simulate machining operations as if we are beside the equipment itself.
    • INSTRUCTIONAL: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT IN RHINO
    • Working between 3D geometry and 2D fabrication, session continues with use of Rhino plug-in RhinoNEST.  Also instructed will be the use of scripts for the non-scripter. You may not generate scripts yet on your own, but there’s no reason not to make use of the vast opensource platform that Rhino has become. Learn how to engage with the community and make the tools work for you.
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    • DIRECTED WORKSESSION
    • MAY 10: DAY 4 – MON
    • 6-9pm (3-5pm optional help session)
    • LECTURE : PARAMETRIC: modeling / production / performance / process
    • INSTRUCTIONAL:  INTRODUCTION TO GRASSHOPPER
    • Grasshopper is considered a graphical algorithm editor and requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but enables designers to generate and control complex forms. Session gives an introductory view of this vast interface.
    • INSTRUCTIONAL:  continuing GRASSHOPPER
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    • DIRECTED WORKSESSION
    • Fee $199 / student
    • All utilized software is available via free trial versions
    • Rhinoceros 4.0  >>
    • RhinoCAM  >>
    • Grasshopper  >>
    • Rhinoceros educational licenses are available for a LaN sponsored rate for those that qualify
    • The workshop is intended to be instructed by 2 LaN tutors… thereby increasing individual assistance
    • No previous experience of modeling in Rhinoceros is necessary
    • Participants will be invited to join LaN’s traveling seminar coming JULY ‘10 (Boston >> NY)  that will enable visits to many leading practices utilize technology explored through workshop… for a preferred rate