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Landscape Parametrics


Landscape Parametrics

Landscape Parametrics is a forum for the investigation, experimentation, and application of parametric modeling in the field of Landscape Architecture.

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Latest Activity: Dec 13, 2019

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Landform Generation 5 Replies

Hi all,I'm looking for a tutorial on how to create a GIS-to-grasshopper workflow to generate landforms like the attached photographs. Any clues?Continue

Tags: topography

Started by Paisajista. Last reply by Keith VanDerSys Jun 6, 2019.

CFD- Computational Fluid Dynamics 3 Replies

With the growing advancement in technology, CFD is slowly being utilized in the field of landscape architecture.There are a couple of softwares out there, (ANSYS, Butterfty, Simscale). I want to know…Continue

Started by Jireh Dagdag. Last reply by Keith VanDerSys Jun 6, 2019.

Path finding across a terrain 8 Replies

Hi All--A New Year's share with all:'ve developed a simple set of scripts for our students to simulate an agent…Continue

Started by Keith VanDerSys. Last reply by Keith VanDerSys Jun 6, 2019.

Sea current simulation 4 Replies

HiI would like to map sea current forces around a beach and simulate the behaviour of sea currents to find suitable areas for breakwaters that will reduce sand erosion in the beach. I would also like…Continue

Started by Mikel. Last reply by Mikel Sep 13, 2018.

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Comment by Ivan Heitmann on August 14, 2015 at 11:08am

Hi, Dennis, Phillip,

I'm very curious about the work that you guys are doing exploring parametric design in landscape. I am an MLA student considering that area for a thesis, and I'll be on a fellowship at CITA in CPH this autumn exploring possible applications. Would either of you be willing to share some of your experience in developing teachable process in this area? I also teach the intro digital media course in the winter, and am always looking for more compelling workflows to capture students' imagination. You can reach me by DM here, or I would enjoy a chance to trade emails. My school email is ivanheit [at] uw [dot] edu. 

I did a fair amount of searching for who might be working on these issues, and didn't find a whole lot. I know Jillian Wallis at Uni of Melbourne has published a couple papers, but am interested in what other folks are working on.

Comment by Phillip Zawarus on April 4, 2015 at 10:32am

Hey Dennis,

I'm a LA professor at UNLV and use grasshopper in several of my classes that include performative landscape design and stormwater management. We explore design applications that include constructed wetlands, dynamic shade structures, parametric bench design, permeable paving, green roofs, etc. There are certainly a lot of opportunities with topography and terrain form exploration. Hope some of those ideas help!

Comment by Dennis Jones on April 3, 2015 at 10:06pm

Hello all... I am an architect/professor at VA Tech, I have been teaching GH for about 5 years  to architecture students. I was recently charged with teaching a course in parametric modeling for landscape architects.  Any suggestions? Here is your big chance!

Comment by sara on June 29, 2012 at 4:28pm

Hi All

I've made some surfaces with patch  in rhino (with 6 curves) now I wanna  manipulate these in grasshopper but I couldn't, Do you know what should I do?

Comment by Rémy Maurcot on March 31, 2012 at 5:24am

Hi All,

Great tool.
By cons as stated it does not work on mesh surfaces but not limited.

Comment by Matt Zambelli on March 27, 2012 at 1:29pm

Hey all,

I came across this great GH tutorial/script awhile back and thought I would share it with everyone. It basically acts like the “rain water” tool in GIS which will draw a vector along a mesh to represent the path a drop of water would follow from a defined point. Hopefully everyone will find it useful as it lets you use multiple source points.


Also can we open the discussion up to see what tools group member would like to see developed?



Comment by Matt Zambelli on January 13, 2012 at 9:04am

Hello All!

I am excited to see that the group is gaining some momentum and that the concept is being embraced by a diverse group of individuals. I wanted to share some precedent links for inspiration and hope that this page can evolve into catalogue of relevant references for the practice of Landscape Parametrics. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a start!


The Architectural Association Landscape Urbanism Program 


Relational Urbanism


Groundlab Landscape Urbanism


Plasma Studio Architects








peg office of landscape + architecture

Comment by Rémy Maurcot on October 7, 2011 at 10:53am
Hi Matt,
Verry good news, I'm working to same définition for calculation slope with mesh "landscape", and attribuate gradient ...
Comment by Matt Zambelli on October 7, 2011 at 10:30am


There is no "plug in" per say in the works. What I am aiming to do with this group is provide a resource of existing, experimental, and potential grasshopper definitions that can be applied to Landscape Architectural practices.

Some definitions and workflows that I am personally working on are integrating GIS dem's into rhino then using existing grasshopper defs to generate contours. I am also experiemnting with slope and hydrology definitions. I will post things as the develop into working definitions. 

Comment by Rémy Maurcot on October 6, 2011 at 9:47am


Your group is called parametric landscape. I would be interested to see your pluggin, thank you in advance for your sharing.


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