parametric engineering

The BIC Structure

The BIC Structure

Elias and Yousef Anastas and the team at AAU Anastas, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos (The Univeristy of Miami) and Yann Santerre have recently completed an experimental pavillion as part of the IASS Expo 2015 in Amsterdam. Using BIC pens as a point of departure, the designers materialised a structure that floats seamlessly in the lobby space of […]

The Edge: On the Gridshell

The Edge: On the Gridshell

In this recent interview on the Novedge Blog Sofia Colabella describes her work at Gridshell.it her practice Cmmkm Architecture and Design focusing on sustainable architecture and contemporary living. During her research as a PhD candidate in ‘Theory of Architecture’ she collaborated with Alberto Pugnale at the Melbourne School of Design and Nanjing University. She explains the processes of achieving efficient structural forms through digital modelling tools […]

How Virtual becomes Real 2015

How Virtual becomes Real 2015

  In the 2015 Studio of Alberto Pugnale & Louis Gadd at the University of Melbourne, karamba was implemented as a tool to analyse, develop and optimise the geometry of specific projects. The impact of the “digital” is growing exponentially in architecture, as demonstrated by Greg Lynn’s “BLOBs” and by the NOX “free-forms”. The adjective […]

How to Make Things Lighter

How to Make Things Lighter

In the 10 day workshop from Alberto Pugnale and Sofia Colabella at the Nanjing University, karamba was implemented as a tool to develop the form and optimise the geometry of gridshells. Material, structure and form are integrated in nature, because in her inventions, as Leonardo explains, nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. Birds’ eggs […]

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Installing NETWORK licenses

A guide to installing your STUDENT or PRO network license for karamba. A network license can only be installed with the McNeel Zoo License network server (only for Rhino5 64bit). Download and install Zoo from wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/home. Karamba will function with both Zoo 5.0 and Zoo 6.0. Install the latest version of grasshopper from grasshopper3d.com. Download the latest […]


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, frames and shells. It is easy to use for non-experts, tailored to the needs of architects, specifically, in the early design phase.

Download the latest karamba (1.1.0) release or Purchase a karamba PRO or STUDENT license. We now offer network licenses through the McNeel Zoo License server.

The BIC Structure
The BIC Structure

Elias and Yousef Anastas and the team at AAU Anastas, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos (The Univeristy of Miami) and Yann Santerre have recently completed an experimental pavillion as part of the IASS Expo 2015 in Amsterdam. Using BIC pens as a point of departure, the designers materialised a structure that floats seamlessly in the lobby space of […]

The Edge: On the Gridshell
The Edge: On the Gridshell

In this recent interview on the Novedge Blog Sofia Colabella describes her work at Gridshell.it her practice Cmmkm Architecture and Design focusing on sustainable architecture and contemporary living. During her research as a PhD candidate in ‘Theory of Architecture’ she collaborated with Alberto Pugnale at the Melbourne School of Design and Nanjing University. She explains the processes of achieving efficient structural forms through digital modelling tools […]

How Virtual becomes Real 2015
How Virtual becomes Real 2015

  In the 2015 Studio of Alberto Pugnale & Louis Gadd at the University of Melbourne, karamba was implemented as a tool to analyse, develop and optimise the geometry of specific projects. The impact of the “digital” is growing exponentially in architecture, as demonstrated by Greg Lynn’s “BLOBs” and by the NOX “free-forms”. The adjective […]

How to Make Things Lighter
How to Make Things Lighter

In the 10 day workshop from Alberto Pugnale and Sofia Colabella at the Nanjing University, karamba was implemented as a tool to develop the form and optimise the geometry of gridshells. Material, structure and form are integrated in nature, because in her inventions, as Leonardo explains, nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. Birds’ eggs […]

Installing NETWORK licenses
karamba1

A guide to installing your STUDENT or PRO network license for karamba. A network license can only be installed with the McNeel Zoo License network server (only for Rhino5 64bit). Download and install Zoo from wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/home. Karamba will function with both Zoo 5.0 and Zoo 6.0. Install the latest version of grasshopper from grasshopper3d.com. Download the latest […]

AIA 2015 Award for Structural Innovation – Triaxial Pavilion
AIA 2015 Award for Structural Innovation – Triaxial Pavilion

Students Max Hu, Harry Henshaw-Hill, and Hongkai (Lex) Yuan have won the AIA 2015 (NSW Graduate & Student) Award for Structural Innovation with their project Triaxial Pavilion, developed as part of the research studio SmartStructuresLab. SmartStructuresLab is a MARC4003 postgraduate Master of Digital Architecture Research studio at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The […]

Karamba Form Finding
Karamba Form Finding

Alphonso Peluso has created a video tutorial exploring Form Finding with Karamba.

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha
Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha

The COOP HIMMELB(L)AU concept for the Deep Pit Snow and Ice World project engages the existing deep pit, recognizing both its cultural heritage and natural beauty. Towards the South and East the existing pit is revealed and the sculpted shell of the Snow and Ice World floats over a sunken and hanging garden creating a […]

Karamba 1.1.0
Karamba 1.1.0

Karamba 1.1.0 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.1.0 contains these new features: Karamba now comes with second order theory analysis based on the assumption of small displacements Imperfections (member inclinations and initial curvature) may be applied as loads. The “Buckling modes”-component allows to calculate global buckling load factors and […]