Arch 436 Advanced Modeling Spring 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: Explicit Modeling, Nurbs Surface Modeling, Parametric Modeling & Responsive Modeling.

Prerequisite: DC 3 or permission to take the course



Arch 436_SP19_Syllabus


Alphonso Peluso:


Past Final Examples:

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: 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:

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 _ 2D Polygons _ Tessellations (Rhino)

Assignment 01 – Arch 436_HW01

Reading 01

Polyhedra Primer Ch1, Pearce & Pearce
Polyhedra Primer Ch2, Pearce & Pearce




Resource Materials:
Ch2 T. W. Sederberg, BYU, Computer Aided Geometric Design Course Notes
Ch6 T. W. Sederberg, BYU, Computer Aided Geometric Design Course Notes
History of splines – NURBS – WikiHelp
LOFTING DUCKS, Spline Weights
Non-uniform rational B-spline – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nurbs Curve A Guide for the Uninitiated
Rhinoceros – What is NURBS_
Tessellations-Linda Pearce-Cal State
Rotational symmetry – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tessellations by Recognizable Figures – EscherMath


Class-02:  Surface Modeling _ Polyhedra _ Folded Plate Tessellations ( Rhino ) _ Intro to Paneling Tools (Grasshopper)

Polyhedra Primer Ch3, Pearce & Pearce
Structure Systems-Surface Active-Heino Engel
Function of Form Plate Tessellation FarshidMoussavi

Resource Material:
The Platonic Solids

Assignment-02 – Arch 436_HW02








Class-03:  Shell Structures _ Domes _ Pneumatic Membrane Tessellations ( Rhino _  Tower Case Study 02 _ Paneling Tools 3D

In-Class Case Study: MAD Architects Absolute Towers

In-Class Case Study-01: Shadow Pavilion

In-Class Case Study-02:  Selfridges Department Store Future Systems Architects 

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

Resource Material:

Assignment-03 – Arch-436_HW03

Shell Structure Tessellations Videos





Pneumatic Membrane Tessellation Videos:





Class-04: Parametric Shell Structure Tessellation _ (Grasshopper) _  Tower Case Study 02

In-Class Case Study: MAD Architects Absolute Towers

Assignment-04 – Arch 436_HW04

Resource Materials:

Interview with the creator of Grasshopper – David Rutten Interview

Open_Systems_Marco_Vanucci_BW  ( parametric modeling theory )

Shell Structure Tessellation Video


Class-05: Parametric Folded Plate Tessellation _ (Grasshopper) _ Paneling Tools Effects Demo

Assignment-05 – Arch 436_HW05

Resource Materials:

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


Midterm: Arch 436_SP19_Midterm

Idea Shop Wiki:

Idea Shop Fixing .STL’s:

Netfabb link:


Class-06: Idea Shop Tour and Authorization / Work In Class


Class-07: Work In Class


Class-08: Work In Class


Class-09: Midterm Presentation


Class-10: Case Study – ShellStar Pavilion by Matsys _ Computational Form Finding with Kangaroo 2 (Physics Engine)

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

Assignment -07 – Arch 436_HW07

Karamba download:


Karamba Form Finding Video



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

Grasshopper Color Mapping Strategies:


Idea Shop Wiki:

ZPrinter 450:

Fixing STL’s:

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