This year archimorph along with LINE will be teaching a workshop at the TEX-FAB 4.0 conference in Dallas Texas at the University of Texas (Arlington). The workshop is titled, Beyond Pavilion Architecture, referring to the stereotype that parametric modelers such as grasshopper are purely used for the creation of Pavilions. This workshop will explore the development of custom tools that can be used to streamline processes within a project that may become redundant or that could be automated, allowing for more time to be focused on the overall design given a tight deadline. Tools include processes such as a stadium sports bowl generator, commercial and healthcare planning tools, fabrication elements, and site-operations tools. The class will cover a full-range of an architectural project, from tools used in schematic design, fabrication, and documentation. These tools will be developed and demonstrated through a range of software, including; Rhino/Grasshopper, Python, DIVA, and Revit.
“This intermediate workshop will focus on the utilization of parametric software aimed at an integrated project workflow via the customization of software tools and components for real-world large-scale built projects. By means of creating custom components we aim to increase efficiency, profitability and productivity from the initial design stages through completion of an architectural project. We will explore, through case studies and hands-on instruction, the use and implementation of the parametric modeler Grasshopper, scripting platform Python, and BIM modeler Revit.”-Beyond Pavilion Architecture
This research is ongoing in an attempt to streamline and automate certain processes with algorithms and embedded values built into the definitions. However, grasshopper is more of a top-down process, future research and development of these tools are envisioned to be generative, building the tools from the bottom up through smart agents rather than a gradient of pre-determined steps in a parametric definition.