A playground for University of Bologna Students and a 6-days seminar about digital tools.

Digital generative tools are a very important part of architectural education. Andrew Kudless during his conference at SimAE was telling about chinese traditional woodcraftsmen: they spend their first two years of apprentice in making their own tools. Today, we have a large pool of digital ready made tools, built to respond to more or less specific problems or tasks, while keeping a level of flexibility and personalization. The majority of these tools have hidden capabilities, which can only be accessed bypassing the conventional interface and getting close to the machine logic of programming or building parametric components which generate shapes. Thus, seriality, differentiation, complexity can be implemented in architectural projects through code, in order to exploit the power of algorithmic based complex systems which are the basis of biological systems.

But, before going through such complexity, we must start with simple tasks and simple rules. Before playing seriously we need practice. This is the playground where a bunch of students will start to practice, a pool where they will share their results and questions. Maybe the stuff here that will be posted will seem obvious or naive to the navigated code-monkey, but, as I mentioned before, we all start from the basics and this is intended as a place to start. However, any comment and contribution is appreciated.

Playground is open, let's play! _ Alessio


Today NAO saved me

This graasshopper definition create a self turning tower in elliptic base
Thanks to Jonas of NAO for the fantastic tutorial
It's just an exercise, but the result is very nice

1 comment:

  1. Nice job!

    Now keep challenging yourself adding something personal to it. The most important thing is to show that you learned from the exercise, not just the exercise itself; it might also be less cool or complex, but still it will be your own.

    It is ok to learn from shared resources; the best way to be grateful to the people who do it is to give something back as a personal contribution.

    Keep posting!