Parametric Design Workshop in Sofia

On 17th & 18th of may, we held a two-day intensive workshop with Rhino & Grasshopper in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The event took place in Fabrica 126, where we introduced the participants to different techniques and tools for design and digital fabrication.

Similarly to our workshops in Frankfurt and Venice, we started with a short lecture and worked through a series of real-world examples that showcase the use of Rhino and Grasshopper in the design process.

Here are a few photos from the event:





The Workshop – Online

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Parametric Design Workshop in Sofia

We are happy to announce that Morphocode will teach a two day parametric design workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The participants will learn new tools and techniques for design and digital fabrication using Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and Rabbit.

The event will take place in Fabrica 126  on 17th & 18th of may 2014. 


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Morphocode at IUAV: the workshop

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).

M.A.D.I. – Master of Digital Architecture Program

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.

The Place:  Magazzino 6

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.

Photo courtesy

The Workshop

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:

Thanks to

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.

Morphocode workshop at the IUAV

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.

Morphocode at Staedelschule: The Workshop

Hello everyone,

As you already know, a few days ago we came back from Frankfurt where we held a three-day design workshop at The Städelschule Architectural class directed by Ben van Berkel and Johan Bettum.

We presented our work to the post-graduate students enrolled in first and second year of studies. We started with an introduction to the concepts of Cellular Automata and L-systems and their applications in generative design. Topics such as biomimetics, self-organization, complexity and pattern formation were also discussed during the workshop series. A special edition of our plug-in Rabbit was presented to the students of SAC.

Liebieghouse: this is where we held the L-Systems workshop

Overview of the room

What is the Städelschule?

The Städelschule is a contemporary fine arts academy, that was established in 1817 thanks to the merchant Johann Friedrich Städel. He left his fortune to the citizens of Frankfurt, allowing the founding of a school for talented young students as well as public access to his collection of art. Over the years two different institutions developed: the Städelmuseum and the Städelschule.

In 1987, the contemporary exhibition space Portikus was established, as part of the Städelschule and also gave a significant contribution to the school’s international reputation.
Currently the whole Staedel site is being renovated as part of Das Neue Staedel project:

Das Neue Staedel

The Städel Museum is being extended in order to assure additional exhibition space for its ever growing collection:

The Architecture Class of the Städelschule

Situated in an early 20th-century town house next to the main building of the Städelschule, SAC provides a near domestic setting for the social and academic life of its members. Thе two-year, post-graduate Master of Arts program in Advanced Architectural Design is led by its dean, Ben van Berkel, and Johan Bettum– professor of architecture and program director of the Städelschule Architecture Class. SAC provides an intense research setting for the creative exploration of current architectural issues.

Left: SAC; Bottom Right: The main entrance; Top Right: The fluffy toy lying in the bushes next to the entrance

Our Workshop

The first-day workshop dedicated to Cellular Automata was held at The Städelschule Aula.

As the extension of The Städel Museum is currently taking place all around we had to move two blocks away for the second part of our workshop, dedicated to L-Systems. It took place into a beautiful hall inside the The Liebieghaus sculpture museum.

The Liebieghaus presently accommodates a sculpture collection of the highest quality and offers an overview of five thousand years of sculpture from Ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism.

Working with the Students

SAC’s First Year Group students are beginning the year with an intense series of tutorials on digital modeling. Earlier this year, the students had their Rhinoscript workshop led by arch+lab. The group is composed of about 20 people from 16 nations.
We introduced them to the concept of L-Systems, showing what Rabbit can do. They did a nice job, producing great results.


Thanks to

We would like to thank Dimiter Kokalanov for his help in taking the photos and for the nice time we spent together.

Last but not least, we would like to mention Anton Savov who is pretty much responsible for us holding a workshop at SAC.
Anton is a great person and a talented young architect with an impressive portfolio, including participation at the Biennale in Venezia and solo exhibitions. We are sure that you’ll hear his name more often in the future.

Morphocode Workshop at Städelschule Architectural Class, Frankfurt

Morphocode will teach a three-day design workshop at the Städelschule Architectural Class on 15th, 17th & 18th of November, 2010.

The Städelschule Architectural Class is directed by Ben van Berkel and Johan Bettum and “provides a near domestic setting for the social and academic life of its members.”

The workshop is availble only for the students enrolled in the academic programs of SAC.

This workshop will cover the use of Cellular Automata & L-Systems in the process of generative design, including topics such as Self-organization, Pattern Formation and Complex systems, 1-D, 2-D, 3-D automata, Branching algorithms, branching models, 0L-Systems, bracketed L-Systems, turtle interpretation, fractals, etc…

We are going to present the latest version of our custom plug-in – Rabbit 0.3 to the participants of the workshop.
Rabbit 0.3 will be used to apply the theory in practice. Students will learn how to incorporate these advanced generative techniques in their design workflow using Rabbit.

The latest features of Rabbit 0.3 include 1-D Cellular automata, Excitable media models, L-System thickness control, L-System Step length control, etc..