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Logics of Parametric Design // BMSCE Bangalore

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Logics of Parametric Design // BMSCE Bangalore

Time: April 11, 2015 to April 14, 2015
Location: BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, INDIA
Street: Bull Temple Road,
City/Town: Bengaluru, Karnataka 560019
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Event Type: computation, &, design, workshop
Organized By: rat[LAB] EDUCATION, Ground Research & BMS College of Engineering
Latest Activity: Mar 20, 2015

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Event Description

// Title

Logics of Parametric Design


// Level

Basic & Intermediate (No previous skills required)


// Agenda

To give an insight to computation, algorithms and parametric design methodologies to students who do not come from a computational background. The idea of designing parametrically and use of computational methodologies is new to Indian context and has great potentials. Digital experimentations using computational techniques (primarily Rhino3D + Grasshopper) will initiate the discourse, followed by technical sessions, theoretical discussions and round-table conference. The primary aim of workshop is to introduce students with the emerging domain of computational design in architecture.


Parametric Design, in the history of architecture, has defined many rules for current designers and for future practitioners to follow. One of the strongest aspect that is prominent from this style is ‘geometry’. Arguably, there is nothing new about geometry and aesthetics forming the most prominent aspect of any style or era. The language of any style, in the long history of architecture, is visually defined by geometry or shape, beyond the principles that define the core of the style. In the distinguishable style of parametric architecture, geometry has played and is continuing to play an integral role. And with this fairly young style, there are many strings of myths and false notions associated.


The workshop aims to provide an insight to ‘parametric design’ and embedded logics behind it through a series of design explorations using Rhinoceros & Grasshopper platforms. An insight to Computational Design and its subsets of Parametric Design, Algorithmic Design, Generative Design and Evolutionary Design will be provided through presentations, technical sessions & studio work. A strong focus will be made on logics of design that can potentially be coded through a rational and parametric approach.


All rat[LAB]EDUCATION Workshops are tied up with a larger agenda of a buildable project for New Delhi, INDIA (Proposed for late 2015) & a publication scheduled for 2016. All participants will become a part of the growing EDUCATION network and will be exclusively invited for future events & studio activities.


// Methodology

Workshop has been structured to teach participants the use of Grasshopper® (Generative modelling plug-in for Rhinoceros) as a generative tool, and ways to integrate it with architectural processes. Throughout the use of visual scripting with Grasshopper participants will learn how to build and manage parametric data structures (from simple lists to complex data trees) and to develop data driven geometries & forms. No previous knowledge of Grasshopper is required, but a basic knowledge of Rhino modelling is preferred.

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