ARPL 555 The Parametric Model
UG / G, 3 credits, Fall offering
This course explores parametric thinking, applications and environments. These environments are quickly being adopted throughout the building industry for use in all project phases. Characteristics of parametrics will be explored, including modeling, authoring operations and database structures necessary to support information modeling. Case studies will be presented that demonstrate how information and data can be captured, shared and integrated to develop generative logics, geometry, building form and ultimatley, informed decision making. A variety of topics related to how parametrics can be incorporated into practice, its influence on practice, and how they can be shared between stakeholders (owner, architect, engineer, structural, mechanical, fabrication and construction) will also be examined. Industry guest speakers will be invited to represent their individual viewpoints and cite their own examples of BIM use in their respective organizations. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the theory and techniques of parametric design using McNeel’s Grasshopper plug-in for Rhinoceros, various ancillary Grasshopper plug-ins, the Arduino in/out and Autodesk’s Revit Architecture.