The potential of parametric modelling lies not only in facilitating the creation of complex shapes but rather in generating a large number of variations of a certain design concept. Thus, it supports an essential part in the process of designing: the exploration of possibilities. In order to gain most benefit of this potential, it is necessary to understand how to construct shapes by rules and to learn how to transform a design idea into a logical sequence of steps.
In this course, you will learn these skills in different practical exercises. These exercises are based on the idea of parametrizing architectural types. Types can be described as solution concepts for a certain problem and are widely used in architecture (e.g. geometric principles for creating a certain style or spatial relationships for fulfilling certain building usages). By creating parametric models of certain types we will explore the variations that these types allows for. Thereby we will gain deeper insights into the topic of typology in architecture as well as into the design process itself.
The course does not require any previous knowledge of scripting or programming and will focus on the general parametric modelling techniques using Grasshopper and Rhino3D.