December 24, 2008

Grasshopper - Rhino Scripting - Dubai competition_#01

this is about another project i'm doing now
Dubai '08 - ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award
i do it with my professor of TongJi University and another friend together
the project is located in the center park of Dubai main city
and actually it's mainly a structure but not a volumed building
to make it special with others
we decide to use a special kind of structure called "
Tensegrity" to transparent it
and it should collect the most amount of solar energy
at the same time avoid the wind loads and free the space as much as possible
so with these conditions, what will it look like? you will know very soon
of cause this time i'll make it in Rhino and Grasshopper to generate the whole
complicated system
but very soon i start to realize that Grasshopper can not deal
with the Multi-in-multi operations but only Multi-to-multi methods
for example, you can not generate 3 curves from 3 group of points
by only 1 grasshopper operator
but it can be easily treated as stream control in Rhino Scripting
such as "For...Next" or "Do ... Loop"
so, both Grasshopper and Rhino Scripting is necessary
Grasshopper is for visualized or geometric operations
and Rhino Scripting for Multi relationships system
like control points (big amount) position generation

anyway it's still on the way
here are some trying and progress for this project:

080804 - 080816:
still scripting in Flash, output Rhino Macros commands to modeling
getting ready to generate random position, random size, random noised shapes

081130 - 081214:
discussed a lot and the main concept principally decided
grasshopper and rhino scripting to approach the goal

and there are a lot of problem interesting issue i met
during the progress
we can talk about it later separately

December 15, 2008

Grasshopper - gmp - SASC _ #01 - introduction

sorry for long time no updating the main issue
coz i'm really involved in an EXCITING real project of our office - gmp
SASC - shanghai aquatic sports center
including one gymnasium, one natatorium and one outdoor diving stadium mainly
as shown following
it's a very important and urgent project
just like the Birdnest and Watercube in Beijing for Olympic
it will be constructed and in use 2011

birds view



outdoor diving pool

view to HuangPu river

in the competition stage
it is treated very free with the control cage like that

and right now
they are proposed to be built
every piece of surface should be developed surface
such as a part of ball or tube

firstly i operate in rhino to find the correct balls and tubes
which pass through precisely the control points

it take half a day to make all the shapes of one element
so i start to realize that the progress should be some how
recorded and progammed in a smart way
of cause
first thing come in mind is GC-generativeComponent
but let's say
i tried once with GC
it's just too boring and hard to control with lot of commands, functions
and you have to get use to the MicoStation system
so finially GrassHopper is the best choice
later on i will introduce what i've done and what i'm doing more detailly