Arch 436 Advanced Modeling Fall 2019

Advanced Modeling

Course Description:
This course will focus on 3D modeling of complex geometric components in Architecture and design.
Concepts explored will concentrate on the advancement of digital design as an iterative process.
Various modeling types covered are: Parametric Modeling, Generative Modeling, Responsive Modeling and Form Finding.

Prerequisite: DC 3 or permission to take the course



Arch 436_FA19_Syllabus


Alphonso Peluso:


Past Final Examples:

Past Student Work – Arch436 – Spring 2019

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Fall 2018

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Spring 2018

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Fall 2017

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Spring 2017

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Fall 2016

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Spring 2016

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Fall 2015

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Summer 2015

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Fall 2014

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Summer 2014

Past Student Work – Arch 436 – Summer 2013


Past Midterm Examples:

Midterm Examples: Spring 2019

Midterm Examples: Fall 2018

Midterm Examples: Summer 2018 (this is Summer Final but semester was only 6 weeks)

Midterm Examples: Spring 2018

Midterm Examples: Fall 2017

Midterm Examples: Summer 2017 (this is Summer Final but semester was only 6 weeks)

Midterm Examples: Spring 2017

Midterm Examples: Fall 2016

Midterm Examples: Summer 2016

Midterm Examples: Spring 2016


Past Homework Examples:

Alexis Arias

Graham Bowman

Kailey Jennings

Carson Reynolds (Summer Semester)

Zhanhang Xu (Summer Semester)

Erez Krengel (Summer Semester)

Miguel Herreras

Denis Serdyukov

Daniel Marquina De La Fuente

Minsung Kim

Carmen Rubio

Mario Serrano

Jose Carrillo Garcia (good graphic layout)

Jacobo Medina

Mikel Berra

Oksana Sutula

Yechi Zhang  (good final example)

Melina M. De Oliveira Sanchez

Bishrelt Solongo

Daniel De Souza Goncalves


Class Tutorials and Assignments:

Class-01:  Introduction _ Interface _ Geometry Types _ Nurbs
What is Rhino Grasshopper 3D?
What Is Grasshopper Good For?

Assignment 01





Portal Instructions:


Class-02: Build a Strong Foundation in Grasshopper
Generating Multiple Values
( Series ) _ ( Range ) _ ( Domain ) _ ( Random ) ( Graph Mapper )
Generative Components
( Iso Trim ) _ ( Divide Domain 2 ) _ ( Morph Box )
( Surface Box)


Assignment 02






Class-03: Rhino 3D and Grasshopper 3D Surface Manipulation
Parametric Case Study – UnStudio Burnham Pavilion
Paneling Tools 2.5D
Paneling Tools 3D

Assignment 03




Class-04: Data Trees #01
Parametric Case Study – Absolute Towers Mad Arch
Parametric Shell Structure Tessellation
Parametric Folded Plate Tessellation

Assignment 04



Structure Systems-Surface Active-Heino Engel
Function of Form Plate Tessellation FarshidMoussavi

Function of Form-Shell Systems-Farshid Moussavi
Structure Systems-Shell Structures-Heino Engel



Parametric Case Study – Absolute Towers Mad Arch Video:


Folded Plate Video: (Please note: At the end of the video use Graft Tree (creates a Data Tree) Instead of Cross Reference)

Shell Structure Tessellation Video



Class-05: Paneling Tools Effects (Attractors) _ Idea Shop Authorization and ZCorp demo

Assignment 05


Resource Materials:


Class-06: Computational Form Finding  _ Intro to Kangaroo (Physics Engine)

Assignment 06


Case Study – ShellStar Pavilion by Matsys

Shellstar Pavilion: Shellstar Pavilion Case Study

Shellstar Video:

Shell Star Assembly and Construction from Riyad Joucka on Vimeo.

Assignment-06 – Arch 436_HW06

Kangaroo 2 plug-in Website:

Daniel Piker’s Blog (creator of Kangaroo plug-in)


Reading: FORM_FINDING.pdf

Reading: ISS101  ( Form Finding and Analysis )

Reading: ISS201 ( Concepts to Constructs )

Case Studies: ENGEL_Form_Finding


Image Source:  The Engineer’s Contribution to Contemporary Architecture HEINZ ISLER by John Chilton, Riba Publications


Class-07: Computational Form Finding with Kangaroo 2 continued _ Mesh Repairs _ Mesh to Surface _ Anchor point manipulation


Class-08: Work in Class


Class-09: Work in Class



Idea Shop Wiki:

Idea Shop Fixing .STL’s:

Netfabb link:


Class-10: Midterm Presentation


Class-11– Computational Form Finding with Karamba #01 _ FEA ( Finite Element Analysis )

Assignment -07 – Arch436_Assignment_07

Karamba download:


Karamba Form Finding Video


Class-12– Computational Form Finding with Karamba #02 _ FEA ( Finite Element Analysis )

Wind and Gravity Analysis and Intro to Optimization



Past Student Work:  Fall 2018 _ Spring 2019


No Blanket Forms Please _ ***Also your 3D Print file must be saved as a .VRML Version 2.0 with all options checked on***


Karamba 3D and Galapagos Tutorial:


Grasshopper Color Mapping Strategies:


Idea Shop Wiki:

ZPrinter 450:

Fixing STL’s:

Directions for sending files to the Idea Shop in the Kaplan Institute: