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Principles of Module Rationalization with Grasshopper

Rhino Grasshopper parametric facade

Continuing with our objective of teaching how to use advanced computational design tools in practice, we are launching a new course of Modularization & Rationalization with Grasshopper taught by Jamie Sol.

A little bit about Jaime:
Jaime is a founding partner of PRTS, a computational design consulting firm based in Mexico City.He has also collaborated with Elenberg Fraser in Melbourne, where he designed large scale façade systems, as well as HENN and Plasma Studio in Beijing.
He’s a graduate of the Diploma School of the AA in London, where he explored the development of complex material systems in the development of a theory of contemporary ornamental symbolism.

Course Description:
This course tackles one of the most important aspects of parametric modeling; having a large series of values that are all distinct and map them to the nearest controlled value for optimization purposes.

To do this, we´ll perform some exercises dealing with a modular facade surface with changing floorplans to illustrate how this principle may apply to any design situation where variation must be controlled and reduced.

We will also cover some visualization techniques (indexing of modules by color) so the whole exercise can be assessed. Lastly, you´ll learn how to perform optimizations using the Galapagos Evolutionary Solver and how to use the Human Plugin to position 3D blocks into our parametrically optimized facade.

NUMERICAL CONCEPT: Turning the Many Into the Few
SURFACE APPLICATION: Displacement across a surface according to a mathematical function
VISUALIZATION: Color-coded visualization of unique modules and unique floorplates.
OPTIMIZATION: Eliminate unnecessary variations using Galapagos to minimize the number of different floor plates.
DISTRIBUTE BLOCKS USING INDICES: Using the Human toolset to distribute a set of blocks which may later be edited.