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AIR Algorithmic Sketchbook J e a n n i e K o n g

STUDIO 7 Cam & Victor

Week 1 Algorithmic Exploration



this exeresis, I am told to create curves in Rhino and loft it. At first those curves are drawn randomly. At the modification stage, I tried to adjust the control points and found that control in sometimes should be added or deleted to make a desirable shape. However, I could not find the ways to do it at that time. Therefore, I changed my approach. I started to move those curve to different places and heights. From this exercise, I discovered that: Adjusting the control points, minor changes can only be made. But, adjusting the height or the position of the curves, big changes can be made. The outcomes are more innovative which those possibilities can be extremely different from the previous one which is created. This is my first time to deal with grasshopper and this software really surprised me. Through changing the control points or the coordinates of the curve, many possibilities can be created. Sometimes, the outcomes bring in some inspiration. Because of this, I just cannot stop generating new outcomes and expecting something interesting. 2


Week 2 Algorithmic Exploration

Driftwood surface


first I am not able to create the outcomes that show in the tutorial. I have discovered the reason behind the failure....

1) I got a planar surface rather than a object with a hole in the middle 2) Some of the part of the surface has been disappeared as the lowest contour line does not cover the whole surface, 3) I have deleted some of the useful faces mistakenly. However, I found that it is also quite interesting to have such outcomes developed as vertical cut rather horizontal cut. A different perception of form is created



Therefore, I planned to redo this exercise after realizing this problems. Also by attending the tutorial, the tutors had helped to solve the fatal problem for me. In the second time of doing the exercise, I am able to create a closed lofted surface with a hole within. Also, a successful driftwood surface is created. However, it is found there are still a minor problem. In fact, they are interaction between the offset surfaces, Hence, it creates some perpendicular surfaces on the final outcomes.



Week 3 Algorithmic Exploration

Grid shell


this exeresis, a grid shell is created by lining the divided points on a lofted surface. I have created something similar as something seen in the online tutorial but some of my grid lines are interacting around one of the curve.



Pattern Lists


this exeresis, a pattern is laid on the rectangular plane. In the pattern creating process, I found that it is very interesting. It is because by simply entering "true" and "false" to control the points in the grid can create numerous outcomes. Also, using the partition list can even merge some of the grid and form some random pattern. However, same as every exercise, the outcome that I have made is not working identically as the tutorial one. I found out that I am unable to offset every line of the grid. I can only offset the outer boundary of the surfaces. Also, I found that the true and false command is something that you are trying it by error. It is because it is too abstract and hard for us to have a desirable grid in mind and create in Rhino. We have to change those commands and preview it every time.



Week 4 Algorithmic Exploration

Pattern Lists


this exercise, I have explored the possibilities of grasshopper. With the command of scale and trim, an unpredictable shape is form. By slightly changing the original object

and the trim object can make a lot changes. In this exercise, I again did something. Indeed, I have swapped the trim and original object. However, this mistake brings some new shapes. (Purple) However, I find that this exercise has a great difference as the others that I have done in the previous weeks. It is that only one small little object is generated. We need to do a lot of moderations after baking it, such as “mirroring” and “rotating”. However, I think there must be some command in grasshopper that makes the modification more flexible.




Week 5 Algorithmic Exploration



this exercise, I have explored the possibilities of grasshopper using fields component and graph mapper. Before the exploration, I can not imagine that the power of the

mathematics (graphs in particular) in parametric design. Some general exploration has been created by mainly changing the graph types, moving the curve in z direction. (left side of the following page) Apart from making some general exploration, I had made some outcomes that particular applicable in the architectural context. (right side of the following page) The first one is designed by creating a footpath by spliting the fields in to parts. While the curvature of the field designed as a sitting bench for people. The second one is created a forest of columns in a open space. It is done by adjusting the graph mapper and find the outcomes that fields will create a spiral effect in Z direction. It has a similar effect as my case study 2.0, Sevilla Metropol. 16




Image Sampling


this exercise, I have explored the possibilities of grasshopper using image sampling. I did

not find the fun of creating unexpected outcomes in this exercise in this exercise compare to the others. I suggest that I did not choose an interesting pattern that consists of significant changes in pattern, lighting effect in the image. Also, I just panel the pattern on a flat plane. I should rather develop in more depth as in paneling the patterns on some curvy plane.



Week 6 Algorithmic Exploration

Aa Diftwood frames


this exercise, I have explored the one of the fabrication method. It is to make a frame

for the structure. It is one of the method for sectioning. The frame itself control the spaces between sectioning elements. In my opinion, I think that this fabrication method will work for other solid structure. However, all of the outcomes that I have developed in Case 1 and 2 are meshes and surfaces. This method is hardly to apply.



Gradient Descent


this exercise, I have explored how lines can be laid on a gradient surface. It is a patterning method for a surface. I find it is very interesting that by changing the points

on the surface will create great effect. I have been testing the original method of lining up the closest point on the surface and the rotating method with different value in U and V direction. The outcomes show the dramatic changes and the power in parametric process. At Last, I have tried to explore by combining the plain and spiral effect. (Photograph of the bottom left). Next time, I should explore more different types of methods that line up the line and combine them in to this exercise.





Non teaching week 1 Algorithmic Exploration

AA Driftwood Unrolling


continues the unrolling process that I had done in previous week. In this exercise,

I have learnt how to unroll the object and layout in grasshopper. It takes a lot of time if this process is doing manually. However, I find that the python strip is very hard to understand. I can not figure out the principle behind.



Aranda Lasch - Continuous Patterning




the exploration in the morning line project, it is found that how complexity is

form in a simple form. By using the python strip, unique patterns on the Tectrahedra is formed when the midpoint of the parametric changes. No matter where the point is located on the polygon geometry, low as 0.3 or high as 0.9, complexity of the pattern can still be seen. Hence, the outcomes produced are unexpected that go beyond our indignation. This effect is done by the powerful python strip. Also, how the complexity creates aesthetic effect fascinated me. As in my project complex form can be easily developed in Kangaroo tool. However, it is not aesthetic pleasing. Instead, it is seen as messy. In my opinion, the aesthetic effect is created in this polygon because the complexity is derived from the pattern instead of the form. Thus, the messiness is not found. Also, the patterns in geometry have its ability to cooperate with lighting. Light is being diffused and blocked. Hence, it creates different shadow effect along the structure.



Non teaching week 2 Algorithmic Exploration

Voussoir Cloud Input ad form finding


have been staring my design exploration with Voussoir Cloud. Kangaroo tool is seen to be a new plug-in to me. More time have to spend on it and test through all

commands. Through the testing process, it is found that the most interesting from are created by the HydroPressure tool. Those outcomes are interesting as they are way different from the original form. However, those outcomes are very complex that may not possible to put in our design project.





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