ARH 421 – Spring 2014

Spring 2014

ARH 421 – Spring 2014

Postgraduate course that focuses on advanced digital design and fabrication processes (CAD/CAM) and particularly on the development of advanced computational mechanisms that can be applied in complex, non-standard spatial and structural design research. Topics include generative design, adaptive process, interactive design, and optimization processes. Specialized technical skills of algorithmic design and physical computing (Robotics) are provided. Software and plug-ins include: Rhino/Grasshopper, Firefly, gHowl, Processing, Arduino.

Course Content
  • 3D NURBS Modeling
  • Parametric-associative design 
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Laser cutting
  • Course syllabus [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Introduction To Parametric Design – Presentation [Blackboard]
  • Payne, A., and Issa, R., 2009. Grasshopper Primer – for version 0.6.0007
  • Neil Leach, David Turnbull, Chris Williams. 2004. Digital Tectonics. Chichester; West Sussex; Hoboken; NJ: Wiley-Academy 
  • Sakamoto, T., Ferre, A., Kubo, M., 2008. From control to design. Parametric/Algorithmic Architecture. Barcelona; New York: Actar
  • Spuybroek, L., 2009. Research & Design: The architecture of variation. New York: Thames & Hudson   
  • Douglis, E., 2009. Autogenic Structures. New York: Taylor and Francis
  • Iwamoto, L., 2009. Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material TechniquesNew York: Princeton Architectural Press
Tutorials - Sources


  • Rhino tutorials 
  • Grasshopper on-line tutorials 
  • Grasshopper scripting gallery 
  • Grasshopper website


  • ARH-421 Tutorials – 3D Modeling I [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – 3D Modeling II [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – 3D Modeling III [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – Parametric Design I [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – Parametric Design II [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – Parametric Design III [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – Panelling Tools and Rapid Prototyping [Part01] [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – Panelling Tools and Rapid Prototyping [Part02] [Blackboard]
  • ARH-421 Tutorials – Fabrication using Laser Cutter [Blackboard]

Student Projects

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