Pratt Institute -- Interior Design

INT 659.01 -- Parametrics

Fall 2013

4 Week Project --- Parametric Seating

Assignment Date:          8/29/13

Due Date                9/26/13

Matthias Plessing                                                 AEDS - Ammar Eloueini

Project Intent: 

Parametric Seating is an in-depth design investigation using parametric, rule-based, and generative design techniques in Rhino and Grasshopper.  As the final deliverables will include a family of solid, build-able Rhino models, students will need to accurately engage the surfacing and solid tools in GH, and to fluidly manage complex, rule-based geometric data structures.  The intent of the project is to let students realize the power of grasshopper in complex design applications while introducing the fundamentals of rule-based, generative modeling.

Project Outline: 

Design a family of (5) chairs or benches in Rhino and Grasshopper that all inherit from a common ancestor - a precedent seating system of your choice.  The family will be described by a set of defined design drivers, and variations in the family’s individuals will be described only by the variation of those drivers.  In other words, the family will share a common genome, and individuals will express various traits based on a set of genetic values (See The Blind Watchmaker, ch 3).  The project will be broken up into 2 parts:

1)  Precedent Models and Analysis (2 Weeks) - Choose and model a precedent seating system in Rhino.  Identify 3-5 design drivers for parametric extension in Grasshopper.

2)  Design Development & Documentation (3 Weeks) - Develop a grasshopper model describing the extended design space around your precedent seating system.

Pratt Institute -- Interior Design

INT 659.01 -- Parametrics

Fall 2013

4 Week Project --- Parametric Seating Part 1

Assignment Date:          8/29/13

Due Date                9/12/13

Instructions:

  1. Identify a precedent seating system to study for the duration of the project.  Email me photos or drawings of at least three (3) systems you are interested in studying ASAP -- I will approve one.  Precedent systems must be unique (no duplicate projects), and will be approved on a first come first served basis.

  1. Build an accurate surface model in Rhino of the seating system.  Use Layers, Named C-Planes, and groups to organize your file.

  1. Identify between three (3) and five (5) design drivers, or variables in the design, that you will describe and control parametrically with Grasshopper in part 2.  Describe each design driver with a drawing or diagram.

9/12 Deliverables:

  1. Precedent analysis materials describing your system - photos, drawings, diagrams, written text, video, etc.  Post all relevant material and a short written description to the blog before class.

  1. An accurate surface model in rhino to be presented in class.

  1. A set of 3 - 5 drawings or diagrams describing your design drivers to be presented with your surface model in class.

  1. Post screenshots and/or renderings of your surface model, and the drawings or diagrams describing your design drivers to the blog before class on 1/31/13 with a short written description of your progress.  

Pratt Institute -- Interior Design

INT 659.01 -- Parametrics

Fall 2013

4 Week Project --- Parametric Seating Part 2

Assignment Date:          9/5/13

Due Date                9/26/13

Instructions:

Using your precedent surface model and defined design drivers from part 1 as a starting point, design a grasshopper definition that contains a design space of variant seating systems, including your 5 family members.  Produce documentation describing the design space (a camtasia video), and your five family members (a series of drawings and renderings).

Deliverables:

  1. A 5 minute long digital presentation to be presented in class on 9/26/13.  The presentation should consist of a slideshow that:  
  1. describes your precedent seating system with photographs and drawings,
  2. describes the construction of your original surface model,
  3. defines and illustrates your 3-5 design drivers,
  4. describes what each design driver controls using an animated screen capture,
  5. at least one slide for each of the five family members which lists the design driver values, and includes presentation quality line drawings and/or renderings.

  1. A blog post that includes:  
  1. An embedded camtasia video that shows you navigating from your ancestor design to each of your five family members.  One minute length maximum – adjust the clip speed in camtasia if necessary.  
  2. The five slides (uploaded as images) from part e above.  
  3. A brief written description of your work.

  1. Final Rhino, Grasshopper, Powerpoint/PDF, and camtasia files must be submitted digitally.