Grasshopper

algorithmic modeling for Rhino

Class,

Sorry for class be cancelled yesterday, as I said before I had a really bad case of the flu.  The next few classes will be focusing on the various plug-ins that Grasshopper has to offer.  All plug-ins can be found at this website:

http://www.food4rhino.com/?ufh

Th plug-in we were going to focus on yesterday was Kangaroo - a form finding mesh editing software.  The instructions for downloading it can be found here, although all computers in the lab should already have it loaded.

 

http://www.food4rhino.com/project/kangaroo?ufh

Your assignment for next week is found below.

Assignment #6

1.  You are to model a membrane shading structure for the WAAC outdoor courtyard adjacent to 1001 Prince Street (seen below).

This is an abstract model - no measurements are required.  A basic model would be the walls of the the various building and the ground.  Spend a few minutes in the space and get a feeling for what a shading membrane would look like in the space.

2.  Use the Kangaroo plug-in to make the mesh.  I would look at the tutorials below (do part 2 of the design Analyze as a minimum).

http://www.designalyze.com/tutorial/columbia-meshing-spring-2013-cl...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i8dGtcQxMk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY5WU_8L4S8

There is also a manual that comes with the download.  It should be on the share file at the WAAC; if not just download it for free at the Food 4Rhino website.

3.   It does not matter what your membrane structure looks like, but try to use your eye as a designer.  Think about things such as sun angle, experience from both in the courtyard and also from the windows above, support location in the wall etc...

Take a screenshot of the completed image.  Do not save to dropbox, but bring to class next week - March 23rd.

Post here if you have any questions.  See you all next week!

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Hi Joe,

So the computers in the lab don't have kangaroo in it and I tried to install it, but they don't let me. Apparently the administration control box popped up and it needs password (from school I guess) to install it? What should I do?

Thanks

-Tan

Tan,

The files should be on the share drive as a folder under Kangaroo.  The file will need to be moved into the Grasshopper plugin folder.  I have attached instructions to this reply.  If it is not there, please contact Idiris at:

idiris@vt.edu

I have already contacted him as well.

Let me know the prognosis - I know he loaded Kangaroo on there somewhere.

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Hi Joe,

I have been able to successfully load the kangaroo plug-in and such, but for some reason I can't get the KangarooPhysics component to load? Would you happen to know how to resolve this?

Thank you!

-My-Linh

My-Linh,

The problem is discussed in the Kangaroo forum here(scroll to bottom):

http://www.food4rhino.com/project/kangaroo?ufh

Try right clicking on the folders >properties>unblock.  Try this for the .gha files and .dll files.

Hope this helps!

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