Parametric Architectural and Urban Design :: PAUD 20.1

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Parametric Modeling is a powerful tool in the architectural and urban design process. By creating models, that do not only represent the geometry but rather relationships between the geometrical elements it becomes possible to create numerous variations of a design concept. These design variants can be analysed and optimized for certain criteria. Thereby the designer gains a deeper insight into his/her design concept. In this course, we introduce you to Parametric Design using Grasshopper and Rhino3D software. You learn how to establish your own algorithmic design and thinking method.

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The course aims to support both Architects and Urban Designers with basic knowledge of the software, as well as, different methods for designing buildings and city geometries.  This will include theoretical knowledge for algorithmic thinking as well as practical exercises for parametric algorithms.

In this seminar you will learn the basics for parametric modeling using the visual programming software Grasshopper for Rhino. After this basic training you apply the methods to an own design concept (architectural or urban scale). The knowledge provided through online seminars will be documented in several lectures and exercises.


For the course no prior knowledge is required.

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Tatiana Reshetnikova
Posted 4 years ago
Comprehensive, beautiful and inspiring

I am grateful for great theoretical lectures of Dr.Swen Schneider, practical - of Abdulmalik, Daria, and Dr.Dominik. It is my first experience with Rhino & Grasshopper. I understand now, we -designers- can manipulate computer to create forms dependent on our ideas.I thank the Team for the great work and opportunity to know these progressive tools introduced by OTP talented designers, and teachers!

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