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How to change the Active Document in Python for Grasshopper

This blog post covers two basic examples where changing the active document comes in handy. The first one is changing the color of a Rhino layer directly whitin the Python for Grasshopper component and the second one is changing the color of a Rhino object. This is useful if you for example want to change the color of lots of Rhino objects without having to do this manually, change sets of objects to specific layers or change the color of a set of layers to whatever set of colors you prefer.

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Dynamo 101 – Fundamentals with Konrad K. Sobon

We’re excited to announce our upcoming course on Dynamo with Konrad K. Sobon! Dynamo is a visual programming extension for Autodesk Revit that allows you to sculpt geometry, explore design options, manipulate data, automate processes, and create links between multiple applications. Its graphical interface makes it easy to get familiar with the concepts of programming and it is intended to extend Building Information Modeling with the data and logic using this graphical algorithm editor.


Using Grasshopper and Tekla to construct a pedestrian footbridge in Paris.

Following up with our showcase of the use of computational tools on real projects, this time, we feature a complete breakdown of the workflows and strategies employed in the design, rationalization and construction of the Footbridge at ZAC Claude Bernard by DVVD Architects.


Creating Conceptual Architectural Diagrams

Expanding more on the topic of Visualization, we are excited to announce our upcoming course on how to create conceptual architectural diagrams. These diagrams will explain a fictional design process in six clear and visually attractive steps.

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V-ray for Rhino 101 – Fundamentals of Rendering

Learn the fundamentals of rendering in this V-ray for Rhino 101 Course and create your first kick-ass photo-realistic render! This course is the first in two covering the path of rendering and post-production of an architectural rendering.

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Waffle Structures with Grasshopper and Rhinoscript

On our next course, you are going to learn how to create a non-standard stereotomy (or what people normally call “waffle structures”) using Grasshopper and Rhinoscript.

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Create an Organic Roof Structure using Parametric Design

In this course, we’re going to model the roof structure of the Centre Pompidou in Metz from Shigeru Ban architects. We choose this project as a reference because this project manages to combine very simple geometric shapes with a complex organic roof in an elegant way. The course has a nice mix of explicit modeling and parametric modeling to get the desired result of the roof structure.


Designing an installation using computational design tools

In the whole design process of this installation, we relied heavily on the use of computational design tools. This approach allowed us to be able to deliver high-quality information within the limited time window in a fast, accurate and efficient manner. In this blog post we’ll explain how and why these tools were used and in what stages of the design process.

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