• data crafting using  GRASSHOPPER parametric modeling for Rhinoceros 3d nurbs modeling 

MAY 12-13-14  weekend / evening  hours
MAY 10-11 optional evening sessions – Introduction to Rhinoceros for beginners (footprints participants are urged to have at least beginners knowledge of modeling in Rhino; this session will prepare those with no experience for the workshop)

Tools are extensions of our brains. The technology that drives sensors has become amazingly cheap thus we’re able to collect massive data in unprecedented ways. This data contains valuable information that will drive insights, innovations, and discoveries. Using data visualization, we’re pairing science and design to simplify the complexity and drive a deeper understanding of the context in which we operate. Devices enable us to capture more invisible data and render it visible to analyze and process further. Self-monitoring triggers self knowledge and self awareness. This new and enormous potential about acquiring data provides potential in  our design explorations and ability for customized solutions.

    • $295. workshop  (on sale through 4.26 for $225)
    • $395. full workshop + LaN sponsored Rhinoceros edu license (valued at $195)+ 1 hour virtual Rhino assistance  (on sale through 4.26 for $325)
    • *current proof of academic status required for Rhino license
    • +$70 add Rhino intro sessions 
    • $75 Rhino intro sessions only

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Part 1 will focus on the nature of information processing and how it can be used to manipulate data, stream inputs from various sources and use datafeeds to inform geometry or data structures from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to give an understanding of information and data articultion as already a spatial and architectural operation. Results may range from pure data communication protocols, dataviz or data-driven geometries.  

  • // key topics
  • basis of grasshopper parametric plug-in for rhinoceros; tracking personal health with mobile apps / sensors; understanding the inherent craft of data-collection; data flow – exportability of sensor data for use in modeling environments; understanding of data management through grasshopper
  • // session 1
  • workshop lecture
  • grasshopper introduction   interfaces, canvas, navigation
  • components    structures, colors, menu, wires
  • data flow basics   geometry types, data types
  • geometry creation    points, planes and vectors, curves, surfaces
  • data flow intermediate   lists management :   domain, interval, range, series; pre-rationalization:  constraints, range definition, domain mapping, modulation
  • // session 2
  • data flow intermediate   conditional operations, data visualization and control (text tags, panel)
  • data flow advanced   data tree & pathmapping; geometry instantiation (component to proliferation environment);  attractor logics (one and multiple points, curves); informing geometries: colors & tagging
  • example & case studies
  • // session 3
  • gHowl: introduction to plug-in;  data from spreadsheet; data from web;
  • Pachube:  realtime data
  • GPS data: import & visualization
  • Firefly (gh plug-in):  some hints about audio & video data
  • // session 4
  • design studio day