WORKSHOPS

DAY 2  FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
CCA – California College of the Arts
San Francisco Campus (map)
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA

 

The Architect’s Newspaper is pleased to announce its event partnership with the Digital Fabrication Alliance for the upcoming Digital Fabrication Workshops led by an array of experts in parametric design, responsive technologies, and computational fabrication.

 

Click here for Info & Requirements for Workshop Participants

1. PARAMETRIC ENVELOPES WITH GRASSHOPPER - SOLD OUT!

8 LU/HSW Credits

ANDREW KUDLESS Matsys Design

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Grasshopper. Beginning with input and output, it will culminate with the use of an image to organize a flexible paneling system. Through a series of short tutorials, the workshop will cover: interface basics, referencing Rhino Geometry, getting objects and text out of Grasshopper, the primitive data types and geometry types used in Grasshopper, basic list management, and remapping quantities.

 

2. COMPOSITE FACADES IN ARCHITECTURE - A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

8 LU/HSW Credits

BILL KREYSLER & JOSHUA ZABEL Kreysler & Associates

Composite materials, often shortened to “composites”  are engineered or naturally occurring materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct at the macroscopic or microscopic scale within the finished structure. This workshop will focus on the design and development of composite components for architectural facades. Through lectures and hands-on learning designing simple FRP shapes, the workshop will provide participants with both the creative and technical knowledge to design and prototype composite based building components. A simple CNC milled foam “mold” will be used to fabricate an FRP part. Participants will also be eligible to compete in  a limited competition to have a small component fabricated full-scale by Kreysler & Assoc to be exhibited at ACADIA 2012.

 

3. RESPONSIVE BUILDING FACADES - SOLD OUT!

8 LU/HSW Credits

JASON KELLY JOHNSON Future Cities Lab/California College of the Arts

The Responsive Facades workshop will explore the use of Grasshopper, Firefly and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and prototyping of intelligent building skins. Grasshopper, a free plug-in for McNeel’s Rhino modeler, allows designers to create adjustable parametric forms through graphic icons rather than programming. Firefly is a new set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino micro-controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the 3D digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors, connect with machine vision protocols, and more.

 

4. SCRIPTED FACADES

8 LU Credits

CHRIS LASCH Aranda\Lasch

This workshop will provide an introduction to creating customized components in Grasshopper through the use of Python scripting. Attendees will be led through a series of tutorials structured as a parametric facade design exercise. The tutorials will provide an overview of Python syntax, data management and script control within the context of Grasshopper’s Python Scripting component. Attendees will learn to build a scripted component, and integrate it within the flow of a Grasshopper definition.

 

5. PARAMETRIC FACADE TECTONICS

8 LU Credits

KEVIN MCCLELLAN & ANDREW VRANA Digital Fabrication Alliance

This workshop will use a procedural method of constructing an integrated facade system in Rhino. It will begin with associative modeling advancing into Paneling Tools while progressively implementing Grasshopper throughout. As a reverse-engineered case-study developed through design vignettes applied to successive layers of a building enclosure, a holistic design strategy for using the tools will be covered that will include: quantitative approaches in design scope, adaptive feedback of building information, optimization and tolerance control in design and iterative strategies for managing data sets.