algorithmic modeling for Rhino



'@it' is a free GIS plugin for Grasshopper to parse the geospatial data sets. The plugin @it aims to leverage Open Data, to allow user to make quick visualization to reveal the invisible dimensions, relationship, patterns and trends. 

The main feature is GIS data visualization utilizing spatial data sets in .shp (shape) format. There are three components for the spatial data visualization feature:

shp@it category includes generic GIS tools; supports Point, Line, Polygon vector data format

  • Feat@it: is a look-up component. Input .shp file, Outputs the list of attributes (features) in the given data set and the type of vector data set
  • Import@it:  imports to data into as Grasshopper objects that makes easier to query. Input .shp file, Outputs the shape items as system objects [this component organizes the contents of the data set into system.objects]
  • DataVis@it: Visualizes and filters the data set, input the objects from Imp@it components. Outputs the curves, points, and related filtered attributes.

IshpNYC: These are the NYC specific GIS tools (Open Data, .shp files)

  • Footprint by Borough: Sorts the footprint data set of NYC buildings by borough. 
  • Data Binding: Binds two NYC data sets per common attribute; utilize NYC Tax property and Footprint vector data sets. Outputs shape object has combined attributes and geometry.
  • NYCVis: Visualize and filter the data set, input the objects from Data Binding components.

GeoCoder: Uses Google map api (no plugin needed but u need internet connection)

  • Address Parser: Parses the bad address, returns the formatted addresses and location (latitude , longitude)
  • Street View: Uses Coordinates (latitude , longitude) address parser and return the static street view on the active viewport. 
  • [new] Address Lookup: Reverse Geocoding, returns formatted address from Coordinates (latitude , longitude)

[new] Statistics :

  • [new]Coordinates2Statistics: Uses Coordinates (latitude , longitude) and returns Statistics of specified place such as Population, Elevation, land cover etc.

[new] Open Street Map OSM: Components to parse OSM data, utilizes REST api

  • [new] osm_Trace : Traces OSM and returns features. Projection types UTM or WGS84 
  • [new] osm_3D_Bldgs: Returns 3D geometry of OSM buildings, uses UTM projection and draws in Rhino model units.
  • [new] osm_Bldg_Info: Parse geojson data of OSM buildings, returns features/or tags.

Go to food4rhino page to download the plug-in. 

Location: NYC
Members: 76
Latest Activity: Oct 20, 2019

sample file & shp@it components overview

Discussion Forum

output Elevation and sections with dimensions

Hi, please i want to output elevation and sections with dimensions by grasshopper in this 3D wall, can u help me.thanks…Continue

Started by tariq hilmy Dec 3, 2018.

shx to shp conversion? 2 Replies

I have a .shx file only for my city but no .shp file.  Is there a way or a tool that can convert the .shx file to .shp?Thanks. Continue

Started by Mark Foxworth AIA, LEED AP. Last reply by Baraa Nov 19, 2017.

aligning OSM and SHP files

Elcin,I have done a manual download of an Open Street Map sector of a town using specific Lat and Lon info and attached this to your OSM Trace module.  Concurrently, I have take a SHP file for the…Continue

Started by Robin Dripps Jan 11, 2017.

Address Parser Error 7 Replies

Hi Elçin,First of all, thank you for that plug-in. But, when im trying to use Address Parser command it gives me this error;1. Solution exception:Could not load type…Continue

Started by Tanju Coskun. Last reply by Elcin Ertugrul Nov 26, 2016.

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Comment by martin kuang on April 13, 2015 at 3:46am

Hi Elcin,

Thanks for the reply! Actually i checked all the files i got, after uncompressed the file i dowloaded from food4rhino, there's no executive file , and when i right click on the file there's no unblock button, so i guess, could it be that you placed a link towards newtonsoft.json_dll in the c# codes, but the location of the dll files on my computer is different from yours?

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on April 12, 2015 at 10:16am

Hi Martin,

You need to 'unblock' the all files in the @it folder! right click on a file--> properties --> click on unblock button next to Security section ! 

Actually, your system is blocking every executive files for security reasons. If you unblock them, they will work fine.

Let me know if something else,

Comment by martin kuang on April 12, 2015 at 12:42am

hi Elcin, i think i got some problem when trying to run the sample_2, when i connect "union square nyc" with address parser, it says: Solution exception:Could not load file or assembly 'Newtonsoft.Json, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=30ad4fe6b2a6aeed' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

i'm sure i didn't miss any file in the folder cause i just put all the files in the "atit" folder in to "Libraries" could you help me?

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on March 30, 2015 at 5:32pm

I was requested to share the time series animations for NYC and Chicago file. Here you go!

I also just made a video about how to create a slider animation w/@it in Grasshopper. I query a specific attribute into a spatial dataset.  Please refer to same file below. 

Enjoy !

Comment by ng5 Alex on March 17, 2015 at 1:39pm

great new components

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on March 16, 2015 at 9:57pm

Hello everyone,

It has been almost a year from last release. I have just upload a new release package and sample files to food4rhino page. There are improved and brand new components that I hope you would like to check it out! 

a spoiler:

Comment by ng5 Alex on July 4, 2014 at 3:12pm

Thank you for looking into it. i guess it could surface with other languages too.

i found it strange so i searched through various os settings, in case this was a factor too, that could affect the way fonts-languages are displayed but did not come to any conclusion. got lost with too many possible problems.

glad it turned out as a ''learn a new thing'' question and that you located the root of this behavior.

thank you again for your time and effort.



Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on July 4, 2014 at 2:35pm


Thanks to you, today I have learned a new thing.

There is a language setting (culture info) for data sets and The data table u sent me the link was created for multiple languages (variant culture settings).

I have tried a few things but unfortunately I couldn't find the robust solution yet, either application level or my system locale level settings need to be fixed to accommodate multi languages settings. I believe this might be the fix !

I let u know asap,

Comment by ng5 Alex on July 4, 2014 at 8:10am


thank you for your quick response. your answer got me thinking, that i assume its Greek that its not showing correctly in the datviz@it Val output.i don't know for sure. the link i downloaded the extract is the following     and i chose Athens,  imposm shp (41.1mb).

thank you again


Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on July 4, 2014 at 7:40am

Hi Alex,

Thank you for using @it,

The Greek language characters shouldn't be a problem, but I would definitely to look at the code where it might go wrong!

Would u mind to share the link of the .shp file with me so I can look at the data and improve my Greek :)



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