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:  generate and manage free-form NURBS using Rhinoceros;  define and run basic scripts or Grasshopper routines for design automation (i.e. surface discretization, panelling, unfolding for fabrication, etc);  run simple FEM analyses for structural optimization using Karamba, a Grasshopper plugin;  prepare 3D parametric models for fabrication with a laser cutter using Grasshopper. In the last 6 weeks, the design studio will be focused on the individual projects, with personal and group supervision sessions. The students are expected to:  express and represent their architectures through diagrams, renders and technical drawings;  design and realize several prototypes of the structures in scales from 1:50 to 1:1;  present their ideas through oral presentations of posters and models.
Instructors: Alberto Pugnale & Louis Gadd
Year: Spring 2013