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Facades+ Technology @ Design is Material Atlanta


Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Instructors: Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos | Mode Lab

Schedule: Saturday June 8th, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Audience: Interior designers, architects, designers, and anyone interested in learning how to create parametric design models using Grasshopper for Rhino3D

Level: Beginner

Description: This workshop will focus on the fundamental concepts and workflows for creating performance-based design models with the parametric design tool, Grasshopper for Rhino3D. Combining the intuition of visual programming with the robustness of parametric design, Grasshopper offers unprecedented fluidity throughout the development of a project. Using Grasshopper, participants will be guided through a series of exercises designed to emphasize the relevant applications of parametric design for professional practice. 


  • What is parametric design and when is it useful?
  • What is an algorithm?
  • Introduction to geometry for computing environments.
  • Using grasshopper in your creative process.

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Instructors: Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos | Mode Lab

Schedule: Saturday June 8th, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Audience: Interior designers, architects, designers, and anyone interested in the creative use of parametric design with an emphasis on material constraints

Level: Intermediate

Description: In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, this workshop will focus on material-centric approaches to parametric design. Using Grasshopper for Rhino3D, participants will iteratively develop a series of parametric models capable of responding and adapting to a set of material constraints. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese art of paper folding, participants will learn intuitive techniques for the design, analysis, and fabrication of complex folded surfaces. Workshop instruction will progress through both analog and digital sessions with technical content addressing issues of constraint-based modeling, NURBS geometry, and parametric modeling for digital fabrication.  


  • What is paper folding?
  • How to incorporate material constraints in your parametric workflow
  • How to panel complex surfaces
  • Preparing geometry for laser-cutting

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483 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Facades+ is a series of symposia in which experts in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries analyzs, discuss, and dispute the development, implementation, and maintenance of high performance building envelopes. Currently Facades+ produces three events yearly in New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, each of which consists of a presentations, round-table discussions, and workshops. Additionally in 2013, Facades+ will produce a series of satellite events, beginning with Facades+ Technology in Atlanta.

Facades+ is brought to you by a partnership between Architect's Newspaper, Enclos, and Mode Collective.

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