Deconstructing the Serpentine Wall

Parametric Modeling

Get to know the whole process of designing a project in Rhino using generative and parametric tools; to standardizing the individual members; to fabrication and documentation of the project.

Brandon Gibbs

Brandon Gibbs

Why take this course?

This course focusses on the whole workflow from design to standardizing to fabrication. It’s a great introduction of how to use parametric design methods using Rhinoceros 3d and Grasshopper 3d.

You’ll learn how to apply these methods in designing your project and trying out different options. Besides the design aspect, you'll learn how parametric methods are also useful to prepare your design for construction, documentation, and fabrication.

Why is it important to know Parametric Design?

Parametric design methods and workflows allow users to quickly iterate between different options, based on aesthetics, cost, construction constraints and much more. Knowing how to implement these skills drastically improves your execution time, and therefore lowering cost while maintaining high accuracy and reducing human error.

In this particular case, Brandon will go over the use of parametric design methods to design the wall and sharing his knowledge of working on this project

"Design is about simplifying complex problems into simple variables we can tackle"

Learn what parametric design means

Learn the most important aspects of parametric design, like what does 'parametric' mean, what are parameters or variables, and how can they positivley influence your design. Furthermore, learn how to use parametric design to create generative design options, how to standardize your wall elements for construction and documentation

Data exchange from Rhino to Excel

Learn how to bring back and forth data from Rhinoceros 3d and Microsoft Excel for construction, documentation and fabrication purposes.

Learn how to implement generative design in Grasshopper

Learn how to implement various design options in Grasshopper 3d using the sine wave formula as a simple introduction to generative design exploration.

Standardizing the members of the wall for fabrication

Designing your project in a 3D software is one thing, but getting it ready for fabrication and construction is a whole different ball game. Learn how to use parametric design methods to standardize your elements so they're ready for construction, without loosing control over your design and reducing human error