Have a great time on New Year‘s Eve and see you again next year!
P.S. We are going to be in Munich at the beginning of January 2013. If you’re around and you’re interested in some networking, drop us a line!
MORPHOCODE will hold a lecture at UACG, Sofia on the 18th of April.
Since we released RABBIT yesterday, there are more than 250 downloads! Thanks everybody for your interest – this is what keeps us motivated to create tools that rock!
We also received 4-5 requests to release RABBIT without a need to log in on Facebook. Although we understand these requests, please consider the following:
The new version provides numerous new features and improvements:
We are sacrificing a lot of our free time to develop the plug-in. Code, Graphics, Site, Tutorials - every single thing consumes a lot of time.
RABBIT is free for non-commercial work. We are not charging our users and we are not affiliates with McNeel in any way.
We love our community. We enjoy your comments and likes. Your interest is the single driving force behind the RABBIT development.
We do not share personal information, neither we are interested in your personal information! The only thing, we are interested in is to expand our community and to stay in touch with it. The easiest way to do that is via social media.
Everyone can take the decision whether the efforts behind RABBIT deserve a single click of a ‘Like’ button or not.
In conclusion, we would like to thank you for your support and ask for your understanding. We have put a lot of hard work in RABBIT. Have fun and enjoy it!
MORPHOCODE is pleased to announce that the long-awaited new version of RABBIT is out!
RABBIT 0.3 is compatible with the latest version of Grasshopper at the moment(0.8.0066).This new version is equipped with a new set of icons and is simplified allowing even easier modeling of cellular automata and l-systems into Grasshopper.
RABBIT allows you to create 2D/3D L-Systems, 1D Elementary Cellular Automata, 2D/3D Life-Like Cellular Automata, Excitable Media Cellular Automata.
Rabbit 0.3 will be simplified and beautified!
Check out our new icon set:
A few days ago we came back from Venice, where we had an intensive two-day workshop with IUAV‘s Master of Digital Architecture Class (M.A.D.I.). In this post we are going to share our impression of this event and in the days to come we will also share some of the usecases, that we did with the students during the workshop.
IUAV is one of the oldest schools of architecture in Italy. It is currently organized in three faculties: Architecture, Regional Planning, and Arts and Design–, all of which have grown out of the original School of Architecture (founded in Venice in 1926).
The Master of Digital Architecture is among the latest features in IUAV‘s master program list and it’s activity is most likely to be expanding within the next few years. The class currently consists of 25 students and is fully dedidated to the exploration and application of digital technologies in architecture.
The program is structured in five modules: It starts with a theoretical module, providing the necessary understanding of conceptual frameworks and strategies related to digital technologies and fabrication in Architecture. The program goes also through the exploration of different modeling and rendering techniques. It continues with a fourth module, dedicated to animation and interactive models; and finishes with rapid prototyping and digital construction module.
Morphocode’s workshop took place as part of the Modeling module.
Our workshop was held in Magazzino 6 – one of IUAV’s numerous locations across the city of Venice.
The building was originally a port warehouse but has been restored in the recent years to house studios and workshops for courses in graphic and multimedia design.
Nearby you’ll find Massimo Scolari‘s “Aliante” Installation: Originally designed for the 1991 Venice Biennale and allocated on the Fondamenta della Tana back at that time. It has been reinstalled and is currently displayed on top of the new building of the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia.
We started our 2-day workshop with a lecture about the history of digital tools and their use in contemporary architecture. Here are a few samples of our lecture slides:
In the practice sessions that followed we introduced the students to the basic concepts behind McNeel’s Grasshopper such as dataflow and algorithmic processes. In a project-oriented way and by using real-world examples we’ve explained typical techniques and design patterns used in the process of generative design.
We showcased the latest work-in-progress version of our plug-in Rabbit, covering in brief topics such as self-organization, emergence, chaos theory and pattern formation. Rabbit 0.3 W.I.P. was used to create a life-like growth and an excitable media simulation.
One of the examples that we’ve done together with the students:
We would like to thank Fabio D’Agnano for his invitation. It was a pleasure for us to contribute to M.A.D.I.’s program.
A: What does Morphocode mean – where does it come from?
G/K: It reflects our efforts to manage and control the flows of data which are an inevitable part of any architectural program.
Architecture is a lot more than static spatial composition – it regulates a multitude of overlapping processes and fields of influence which operate behind the form. Which is why we usually work with organizational, not compositional models.
A: What does “advanced computational and parametric design” mean?
G/K: For us, it means using a number of digital tools and techniques that allow us to work faster and be more productive during the conceptual phase of our projects. More specifically, it helps us test a lot more ideas at the conceptual stage than we are able to with conventional methods. It is a very flexible method which at the same time guarantees a systematic approach. As Corbusier said: “There is no work of art without a system”.
How beneficial such tools can be is a controversial issue, but we believe that good design depends on the objectivity of the decisions made, irrespective of the instruments used.
At Morphocode, we try to make the most of contemporary technology, while remaining loyal to a relatively sparse formal language.
A: What are your dreams for the near future?
G/K: Our main priority at the moment is completing our Zima series. We are also about to release a new version of RABBIT. We’ve been working on it for a long time now. The launch will be accompanied by a series of webinars and also possibly live workshops to demonstrate its full capabilities.
At the beginning of next year, we’ve been invited to give a lecture and lead a workshop for students in the master’s program for digital technologies at IUAV – the architectural school in Venice. We are also working on a few entries for architectural competitions and an installation.
The full interview can be found in the latest issue of Edno magazine.
Morphocode have been invited to present their work to the Master of Digital Architecture class at the IUAV, Venice, Italy. The two-day intensive workshop is scheduled for February 2012. The Master program is still recruiting participants so check out their page for more information about the course.
More news coming soon.