Arkitekturens Kreativa Verktyg | Spring 2019

Course Director: John Stack Ross
Co-Instructors / Lecturers: Gediminas Kirdeikis, Olga Voišnis

Workshop 1 | NURBS modeling, minimal surfaces + 3D printing (24.01 – 21.02)


Erwin Hauer – Continua

“Light hitting the screen from the front accentuates the continuous, meandering linear patterns that traverse it apparently infinitely, much like the continuo in baroque music. When the light comes from behind, it articulates the individual spaces contained within the wall. Suffused with luminescence, these normally unnoticed interior voids come to our attention for the first time, revealing wonderful, unfamiliar characteristics.” – Erwin Hauer

Task 1: Module

Digitally model and fabricate (3D print) your model from the first set of tutorials.

module: 1. one of a set of parts that can be connected or combined to build or complete something. 2. the dimensions of a structural component, used as a unit of measurement or standard for determining the proportions of the rest of the construction. 3. a standardized, often interchangeable component of a system or construction that is designed for easy assembly or flexible use.


  • Keep your geometries simple, understand the principles of minimal surfaces in order to develop clean NURBS models and meshes.

Examples / Inspiration

Task 2: Tessellation

The graphical algorithm editor Grasshopper will be used for investigating surface tessellation as it applies to subdivision and component population. The models developed in Task 1 will be used as modules / components for populating surfaces.

Task 3: Modulation

modulate: 1.exert a modifying or controlling influence on. 2. change from one form or condition into another.

Task 3 will investigate 2 variants of your base module from Task 1. Techniques in Grasshopper will be introduced for varying and modulating surface population.

Final Model: A final model of your modulation study should be 3D printed.

Workshop 1 Final Review – February 21st

Required material for review

1. PDF digital slideshow (should include the content below)

  • Development of base component
  • 2 variations of base component
  • Tessellation / Modulation study (highlight key principles in your modeling techniques)
  • Photographs of model (capture different details + qualities of light)

2. Models

  • 3D prints (studies and final)

3. Optional materials

  • Screen captures of Grasshopper files
  • Animations


Workshop 2 | Surface Parametrization and Production (14.03 – 25.04)


Planar tesselation patterns within a non-planar environment

The second part of the course will be focusing on surface subdivision and rationalization for production rather than the continuity within the aggregate system.

More information will be published after the final review of Workshop1

Note: The projects will be carried out by 3 person teams.

Supplementary material for Workshop 2:

General Course References

Course Software

Additional Grasshopper Tutorials

3D Printing

LTH Computer Support

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