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Eckersley O’Callaghan, H.I.V.E., RHEON LABS, and the AA [EMTECH], presenting at the March 2024 Grasshopper UK UGM.

Join Simply Rhino at the Architectural Association School of Architecture for the latest Grasshopper UK Community User Meeting, with presentations from our hosts, AA [EMTECH], and invited guests Eckersley O’Callaghan, H.I.V.E., RHEON LABS, plus a Rhino 8 update from Rhino3D developers McNeel.

At the meeting we’ll have our presentations followed by an audience Q&A with all our presenters. Attendees are then invited to stay on for conversation and networking opportunities with the UK Grasshopper community as we all gather and have a drink together.

  • Date: Wednesday 6th March 2024
  • Time: 18:30-20:30
  • Location: The Architectural Association (AA), 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

Meeting Introduction and Update from McNeel

Meeting introduction from Paul Cowell from the Grasshopper UK Meeting organisers, Simply Rhino.

Carlos Pérez from Rhino3d developers McNeel will then kick off the meeting with a short update on Rhino 8 (released December 2023) and their plans for 2024.

Presentation 1 | Adaptive computational horizons at Eckersley O’Callaghan
The Eckersley O'Callaghan landscape logo with orange type showing their name.

This talk will provide insights through innovative strategies employed by Eckersley O’Callaghan engineers in navigating the dynamic landscape of computational design.

Discover how EO’C embraces flexibility, innovation, and forward-thinking approaches, leveraging computational engineering and indeed the use of Grasshopper to address complex challenges in glass, structural, façade and environmental engineering.

Image taken from underneath a 'sky pool'. This is a swimming pool with a transparent base layer that extends from one building to another at height. In the image we can see a single swimmer from below.

Photo: Figure 1 Sky pool, Photo by Simon Kennedy

Photo of Miriam Dall'Igna from Eckersley O'Callaghan engineers.

Miriam Dall’Igna joined Eckersley O’Callaghan engineers in 2022 as Digital Design Lead in London. She has extensive experience in applied integration of architectural, structural and environmental design, having previously led the technical design of landmark projects for one of the leading architectural firms in the world for more than a decade. She specialises in complex geometry, algorithmic design, software development, environmentally adaptive systems, design methods integration, innovation, and applied research. Miriam has also lectured at the University of Westminster for over ten years, teaching computational design at the School of Architecture and Cities. Her background is in architecture and computer science.  

Presentation 2 | H.I.V.E.: Simulating Sociability for Generative Architectural Design

H.I.V.E., meaning Human Interaction Visualization Engine, is a pedestrian simulation plugin for Grasshopper which leverages human interactions for generative architectural design. It was built by the developers as a component of their M.Arch thesis for the Emergent Design and Technologies (EmTech) postgraduate programme at the Architectural Association. The presentation will showcase the capabilities of the plugin to integrate social factors as a driver of design, particularly focusing upon the ways in which a socially-driven pedestrian simulation enables architects and urban planners to make more informed design decisions at varying scales. In doing so, H.I.V.E empowers designers to more holistically understand how people may utilise different spaces by humanising the computational design process.

Photo of Puja Bhagat.

Puja Bhagat is a recent M.Arch graduate from the Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) programme at the Architectural Association. She is passionate about the impacts of architecture on unique populations and cultures, particularly in how it unites their experiences within a spatial domain. She views architecture as a tool to better communities and revitalize the natural world through context-specific, yet continually adaptive interventions.

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Jonathan Wong is a M.Arch graduate from the Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) programme at the Architectural Association and holds a B.Arch and B.Sc in Mathematics from Penn State University. As he sees it, mathematics should no longer be merely an analytical tool in architecture, but instead, it should further our knowledge about the field and push it into new frontiers. Therefore, he believes a new understanding about the role mathematics can play in architecture will redefine the ways in which we approach issues of sustainability.

Presentation 3 | RHEON LABS: Design and computation workflows for sports engineering.

Olga Kravchenko – Head of Design, RHEON LABS – will provide a background to her projects and describe the common computational design workflows in her field. She will also talk about current issues and her research areas.

Photo of Olga Kravchenko.

Olga Kravchenko is a product designer specialising in computational design methods for sport engineering and metamaterials. Olga is the Head of Design at and Product at RHEON LABS, leading a multidisciplinary team of designers, engineers, and scientists to create innovative products for sports. She was part of the company since its inception in 2018 and co-wrote some if its key patents. In addition, Olga is Teaching Fellow in Design Engineering at Imperial College London, where she leads the Advanced Industrial Design module focusing on Computational Design methods and solving design problems with metamaterials. Olga graduated from the MSc in Emergent Technologies and Design in 2014. 

Presentation 4 | Advances in Biomaterial Design: Employing Rattan Canes and 3D Printed Joinery for Modular Lightweight Structures

This presentation delves into the innovative use of rattan canes in generative design, focusing on large-scale fabrication and assembly technologies. Rattan is chosen for its unique properties of renewability, flexibility, and durability, surpassing other biomaterials like bamboo and willow, especially for lightweight structures. The study involves creating a full-scale working prototype, guided by principles from natural fibre structures. It incorporates advanced techniques like robotic rattan manipulation, empirical material testing to determine mechanical properties, and computational simulations using Grasshopper and Finite Element Analysis. A notable innovation is the use of 3D-printed joinery from recycled plastic, enhancing both sustainability and aesthetic value. The modular design of the project underlines its sustainable approach, showcasing rattan’s potential in redefining architectural processes and opening new avenues for the use of biomaterials in large-scale constructions integrated with emerging fabrication technologies.

Photo of Dr Elif Erdine

Dr Elif Erdine is the Co-Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design postgraduate programme at the AA. She is an architect and researcher. During 2010-2015, Elif Erdine conducted her PhD at the Architectural Association PhD in Design Programme, titled ‘Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems’. Since 2010 she has been directing various AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul VS, AA DLAB), exploring generative design techniques, and integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. Her research interests include the role of individual building within complex urban systems, the exploration of urban data as design drivers, biomimicry, and robotic design and fabrication. She has presented her research in Design Studies, eCAADe, CAAD Futures, SimAUD, and ACADIA, among others.

Photo of Dr Milad Showkatbakhsh

Dr Milad Showkatbakhsh is the Co-Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design Postgraduate Programme. He holds a PhD from the Architectural Association. After obtaining his BSc. in Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, he completed his MArch from Pratt Institute where he graduated with Sidney Katz award for design excellence in 2015. Milad has worked for several architecture and design firms in Asia, U.S.A and Europe as design technology specialist such as Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) amongst others. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Milad is the co-director of the AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul visiting, AA DLAB) with the research focus on integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. He is the co-founder and the active developer of ‘Wallacei’, an evolutionary and analytic engine with embedded machine learning algorithms that gives users full control over their evolutionary simulations in Grasshopper 3D. 

The Grasshopper UK User Group Meetings are Organised by Simply Rhino

Meeting Sponsored by Chaos and BEAM