algorithmic modeling for Rhino

Demonstrating the Heron Shapefile Importer

This component allows you to import shapefiles and to locate and scale them in the Rhino/Grasshopper environment. Heron can be found at food4Rhino.


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Comment by Benjamin Golder on September 7, 2014 at 1:24am


For urban shapefiles, there is also this site:

And of course if you just want to import directly there is now this

Comment by 筑梦NARUTO on September 6, 2014 at 8:30pm

good job

Comment by Brian Washburn on September 3, 2014 at 11:05am

Thanks Daniel.  I do realize there are so many dlls, but these are pre-compiled GDAL dlls that I have yet to learn how to combine into just a few.  Once I do, I absolutely will.

For shapefiles of cities, have you tried looking at  They have a database of shapefiles translated from OpenStreetMaps.

Finally, I think you will run into some distortion errors when zooming out that far, however you should be able to grab imagery even if it's not centered properly.

Comment by Daniel González Abalde on September 3, 2014 at 6:49am

It is a great plugin, congratulations.

I had to unlock all those .dll by hand to work, could not compile them into a few?

Import shapefiles is amazing, but there no more shapefiles library of cities, right?

A few days ago I made an animation of planet earth mapped to a sphere in gh, it would be possible with your plugin zoom from space to a local town? is too crazy right?


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