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Fornes / Nowak / Corcilius: From DIN to DIM

For a different take and a different scripting language, go read theverymany, Marc Fornes’ blog on his experiments in computational architecture. 98% of his blog so far is Rhinoscript code for creating generative structures, accompanied by intriguing illustrations. It makes you want to work with Rhino just to be able to see it run.

For those who don’t know it, Rhinoscript is a VBScript language used to control Rhino, a high-end 3D package used for anything from CAD/CAM and visualization to computer animation. Rhino is popular with coding architects, sculptors and CGI heads alike. It’s not as old skool as AutoCAD and AutoLISP, which has been used for computational architecture since 1986. But it’s likely a lot more useful.

theverymany is refreshingly focused on sketches and code, but there is documentation of one interesting recent project: "From DIN to DIM", a “series of experimentations looking at transitions between the German Standard of design to self-similar objects controled by declared variables…”. Done with Vincent Nowak and Claudia Corcilius, it consists of generative formal studies, using nested loops to generate structure.

As with much computational architecture, the results are visually very compelling. The techno-organic tower structures recall fashions in blobby architecture, while simultaneously reminding one of 70s sci-fi book covers. The translation of simple code structures into complex and appealing form seems effortless, it would certainly be interesting to see the slides shown in higher detail.

Marc Fornes is a graduate of the AA's Digital Research Labotary class, and is currently working as an architect for Zaha Hadid Ltd. He indicates in the sidebar of his blog that his rhinoscript library might be available as open source.

26 Responses to “Computational architecture: Theverymany”
1. We need money not art, May 28th, 2006 at 11:05

Computational architecture: Theverymany 一个关于计算建筑学的博客网站:Theverymany

Fornes / Nowak / Corcilius: 从DIN到DIM(From DIN to DIM)
如果你想体验一下不同的尝试和脚本语言,那么就去Marc Fornes的博客,theverymany上看一下吧!里面是他的关于计算建筑学的实验。目前为止98%使…

2. Sivam, August 16th, 2006 at 10:08

There are many ways of implimenting generative design. Though a lot of interesing early stage design work is done in Rhino, it is not a parametrically driven software . So it is difficult to control the limts of the varations. We have devlopeed genrative software based on parametric CAD package, which you may have alook at http://www.genoemtri.com

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