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ARCH 655 Parametric Modeling in Design
Project 1 - Parametric Modeling and Physically-based Form Finding
Due: 3/31, Wednesday, 10:00PM
You are expected to create parametric models embedding your own design intents for your selected case study.
Your tasks include:
1. Homework assignments and all versions of the project (15
2. Collect information for a case study - a curved free form (5 pts)
Please use The New Mathematics of Architecture, by Jane Burry and Mark Burry, published by Thames & Hudson, as a reference to select a free form building, landscape, or structure that is both interesting to you and challenging to model. The case studies from the book are listed in the end of this web page. You may find more information about the design from other resources.
The first step is to browse the book or search the design (buildings/landscapes/structures) online, identify a a design, then to collect more information - drawings, text, photos, etc. about the design to enable you to study and model the design using Rhino/Grasshopper and their plugins. You can use existing CAD files of a building/landscape/structure if you find them useful, with the permission from the authors and appropriate credits, to get started with modeling. However, you cannot use any existing Rhino/Grasshopper models of the design.
Alternatively, you can choose your design studio projects or other buildings to model/redesign. Your choice should have similar complexity and workload as those in the book referenced above.
3. Create parametric form (mass and skin) for the curved design (25 pts)
Using Rhino/Grasshopper NURBS curve, surface, solid, mesh etc. functions to create the form and skin of the design. Identify driving parameters and make them changeable in Grasshopper through real-time interaction.
Organize the Grasshopper graph to enable quick finding of the driving parameters and easy control of them.
You are going to creatively add your own design intent to the original design through the use of the parameters and mathematical functions that can create the design and morph the form and skin to different design options.
Detailed design components are not necessary to be created for this project.
Name your design model project1_form.3dm and project1_form.gh.
Note it is important to organize your Grasshoppr nodes, e.g. using Group and color coding.
4. Create a parametric, physically-based model for a part of your design (15 pts)
Create a parametric, physically-based model for part of the design form. Use Kangaroo and WeaverBird to create the physically-based model.
You can use a physically-based model for the design of the curved roof, walls, etc. For walls, you may use UnaryForce in Kangaroo with a direction other than vertical, or use wind force.
Name your physically-based model project1_physics.3dm (can include the baked model) and project1_physics.gh.
Compare the two models of the same part of the design, with and without the use of the physics engine. Document your findings from the comparison and save findings to #6 below.
5. Analyses (5 pts)
Analyze selected curved surfaces in your project, in terms of geometry (dimensions, areas, curve tangents, curvatures, etc. using the Analyze/Analysis functions of Rhino and Grasshopper), and physics (using Kangaroo's output data, forces, and color coding. See a sample here.). Use the analyses to demonstrate your design intent.
Save your models with analyses visualization as project1_analyses.3dm and project1_analyses.gh.
6. Visualization and documentation
6.1 Screenshots and Description (7 pts)
project1_screenshot1.jpg, project1_screenshot2.jpg, etc.
Describe your models, findings, and your parametric design ideas using text, diagrams, math equations (if any), screenshots, etc. Clear and informative description is required.
The documentation will be published on a web blog (described below in Submission).
6.2 Project Movie (10 pts)
In addition , you are expected to create a movie (up to 4 minutes in length) by capturing your computer screen that demonstrates your models, parametric design, and user interaction, with your voice over as narrative. You can use Camtasia (about $15) or other software to make and edit the movie. Upload the movie to your Blog (directly or through embedding Youtube, Vimeo, etc. Make sure the video quality is high).
Suggested resolution: 1024x768 pixels or higher. Suggested format: Flash (in a web page), MP4, WMV. Clear images and sound are expected.
Note that you need to give reference for EACH image or citation you used in your Blog or other documents.
7. Project presentation (8
Project 1 submission includes the following items.
8.1 Submission to eLearning.tamu.edu
8.2. Submission to the Web
Setup your Blog page using:
https://www.blogger.com/start (or any other blog you have already used).
Create a 160x120 pixel thumbnail image based on your exterior rendering. Save it as Project1_YourFirstname_YourLastname.jpg, and upload it to http://ecampus.tamu.edu (ARCH655->Content->Project1_Thumnnail).
The thumbnail will appear on the following page after it is uploaded by the instructor:
Make sure everything works by the due time. (Thumbnails will be displayed before presentation.)
Understand and experience parametric modeling and physically-based form finding. Learn how to use Rhino/Grasshopper and their plugins to build parametric models.
1. You can find more resources (mostly online) and learn additional techniques to help you complete this project.
2. Be creative to design the parametric models and be innovative to apply the tools to your work.
Your work will be judged on its workload, challenge, richness of design thinking, technical quality, and visual quality.
About Exceptional Work (10 pts)
As stated in Syllabus, a project is given 90/100 as a basis for “Satisfactory work, meet standards”. Based on project requirements, errors or missing items will cause reduction of points and exceptional work is awarded with extra points.
Example of Exceptional Work:
Additional Learning Resources
Paneling tools for creating the skins of the structures:
See Students page for previous projects and sample movies
From The New Mathematics of Architecture
# 1.Mathematical surfaces and seriality
# 2.Chaos, complexity, emergence