Fox Fridays: Grasshopper, Intro to Kangaroo
Introduction to Grasshopper and the the live Physics engine plug-in called Kangaroo for Rhino. In this workshop we will go over the basics for creating minimal surfaces that simulate the form-finding of lightweight tensile structures. This course requires no previous experience with Grasshopper, but some experience with the 3-D software Rhinoceros is suggested.
Takeaways: Students will produce parametric interactive form-finding tool for a tensile structure
Cross-disciplinary Connections: Kangaroo is a Live Physics Engine, that allows the user to create forms based on simulated physical forces, that might be found in real materials such as fabrics, membranes, or strings. This can be used for architectural designs as well as sculpture of even for fashion design.
Instructor: Wyly Brown is a founding partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten (LBGO architects), where he oversees all projects in North America. He holds a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology, and he spent a number of years researching the connection between cultures and monuments through the reconstruction of full-scale, functional objects, often using historically accurate methods. Past projects include the reconstruction of Finnish reindeer-pulled sledges, Egyptian obelisks, British siege-engines, and Medieval man-powered cranes. He is a licensed architect in both Germany and in the United States.