parametric engineering

Iaac – Experimental Structures

Iaac – Experimental Structures

Manja van de Worp and her students explored the use of Karamba in designing staircases that were interpreted as material systems. Some examples of the results can be seen below. More information can be found on the Iaac blog.            Tensile Waving Staircase, by Alejandro Martinez del Campo, Ian Harold Mann, Pablo Miguel Marcet Pokorny, Ricardo […]

The Bearable Lightness of Being – SG2014

The Bearable Lightness of Being – SG2014

As part of the workshop, Smart Geometry 2014 in Hong Kong, karamba will be featured as part of the cluster, The Bearable Lightness of Being. Find out more details about the workshop at the Smart Geometry workshop website. The Bearable Lightness of Being is about designing and producing an event structure, so light-weight that it will be […]

Eroded Morphologies – AA Jordan

Eroded Morphologies – AA Jordan

Karamba will be utilised and taught as part of the upcoming AA Visiting School. Further information regarding the workshop and application details can be found at the AA Visitng School website. AA Jordan is a ten-day computational architecture workshop as part of the Architectural Association’ Visiting School Programmes. Dates: June 14 – 24, 2014 Location: […]

Analog Digital

Analog Digital

As part of the class Analog Digital, Clemens Preisinger was invited to present karamba3d and Parametric Structural Design for the Performance Architecture Workshops at the Münster School of Architecture. Students then developed their own concepts for a ceiling structure in the 8Bar at the MSA.        Steffen Kronberg, Heiko Tibor Kern     […]

Karamba 1.0.5

Karamba 1.0.5

Karamba 1.0.5 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.0.5 contains these new features: A simplified installation procedure. Iso- and stream-lines with user supplied values and vectors at mesh-vertices (unlimited mesh-size also in the FREE-version of Karamba). Benchmark examples with known results from literature for the evaluation of calculation […]


karamba3d karamba is fully embedded in parametric environment of Grasshopper which is a a plug-in for the 3d modeling tool Rhinoceros. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculation and optimization algorithms like Galapagos.

karamba provides accurate analysis of spatial trusses and frames, and is easy to use for non-experts, tailored to the needs of architects, specifically, in the early design phase.

Download the latest karamba (1.0.5) release or Purchase a karamba PRO or STUDENT license. We now offer network licenses through the McNeel Zoo License server.

Iaac – Experimental Structures
Iaac – Experimental Structures

Manja van de Worp and her students explored the use of Karamba in designing staircases that were interpreted as material systems. Some examples of the results can be seen below. More information can be found on the Iaac blog.            Tensile Waving Staircase, by Alejandro Martinez del Campo, Ian Harold Mann, Pablo Miguel Marcet Pokorny, Ricardo […]

The Bearable Lightness of Being – SG2014
The Bearable Lightness of Being – SG2014

As part of the workshop, Smart Geometry 2014 in Hong Kong, karamba will be featured as part of the cluster, The Bearable Lightness of Being. Find out more details about the workshop at the Smart Geometry workshop website. The Bearable Lightness of Being is about designing and producing an event structure, so light-weight that it will be […]

Eroded Morphologies – AA Jordan
Eroded Morphologies – AA Jordan

Karamba will be utilised and taught as part of the upcoming AA Visiting School. Further information regarding the workshop and application details can be found at the AA Visitng School website. AA Jordan is a ten-day computational architecture workshop as part of the Architectural Association’ Visiting School Programmes. Dates: June 14 – 24, 2014 Location: […]

Analog Digital
Analog Digital

As part of the class Analog Digital, Clemens Preisinger was invited to present karamba3d and Parametric Structural Design for the Performance Architecture Workshops at the Münster School of Architecture. Students then developed their own concepts for a ceiling structure in the 8Bar at the MSA.        Steffen Kronberg, Heiko Tibor Kern     […]

Karamba 1.0.5
Karamba 1.0.5

Karamba 1.0.5 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.0.5 contains these new features: A simplified installation procedure. Iso- and stream-lines with user supplied values and vectors at mesh-vertices (unlimited mesh-size also in the FREE-version of Karamba). Benchmark examples with known results from literature for the evaluation of calculation […]

Beakerhead Pavilion
Beakerhead Pavilion

This intensive 4 day design/fabricate/build workshop explored digital form-finding techniques to produce a series of scaled architectural prototypes for freestanding pavilion structures. Two student teams each developed a proposal through dynamic meshrelaxation processes to simulate the formation of a tensioned membrane structure. A series of mesh panelization protocols were used to test various structural patterns which were materialized as […]

CIAB Pavillon
CIAB Pavillon

Candela Revisited  The pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects London for the China International Architectural Biennal. It reinterprets Felix Candela’s works with complementary hypar shells, which are both highly structural and sculptural. As a concept contrasting the originals, the optimal structural logic was partially broken by linking the three parts in the middles of […]

How Virtual Becomes Real in Gridshell Design
How Virtual Becomes Real in Gridshell Design

Master of Architecture students of the University of Melbourne have completed a 12-week studio that involves using Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba to produce grid-shell structures for a pavillion at the Northcote Aquatic Center. During the first 6 weeks, through the development of individual projects and group design exercises, the students are expected to: [1] generate […]

Surface Active Structures IAAC
Surface Active Structures IAAC

Students at the IAAC implemented karamba within their research in a seminar titled, Surface Action Structures, taught by Manja van de Worp. Below are some examples of the students work and short description of the course.     This seminar explores play as a method for design of geometric structures. In order to play, we […]