Dubai, May 13-15, 2016


// Abstract

The recent development of sophisticated computational design tools has instigated new ways of integrating computation in the design process; both within architecture and engineering disciplines. The new set of digital tools has infiltrated a bottom up system to open the design space towards a high level of complexity. The integration of these tools allowed the architect to generate and control complex information derived from a manifold of sources. Consequently, a more complex architectural order emerged as a reflection of sophisticated adaptive structures. 

Reparameterized is a 2-day workshop that has been designed for participants with no previous experience in Grasshopper or parametric design techniques. The program will introduce them to both the theoretical and technical knowledge required to explore possibilities of the new design medium. 


// Methodology

Program has been structured to teach participants the use of grasshopper as a generative tool, and how to integrate it within a real design exercise. Throughout the use of visual scripting with Grasshopper (Generative modeling plug-in for Rhinoceros), participants will learn how to build and manage parametric data structures (from basic simple lists to complex data trees) and to develop data driven geometry and envelops.

The workshop technical tutorials will include: 

- Software interface
- Components
- Lists & Data Tree: management, manipulation, visualization
- Geometry generation from data stream
- Base exercises (Attractor field, Surface subdivision, Morphing)
- Advanced exercise: Data-reactive component – data-reactive tessellation on NURBS surface. 

Additional to Option A topics, we will be adding an additional day (Monday) to explore Mesh Topology .

// Software & skills:
Basic modeling skill in Rhino is preferred, but not mandatory. Participants should bring their own laptop with pre-installed software (software download links will be given after subscription).

// Tutors:
Zayad Motlib - d-NAT (Workshop leader & tutor).

// Venue:
The workshop will be held at:

Maraya Art Center, Sharjah

// Calendar & Timetable:
The workshop will have the following timetable:

May 13: 14:30 - 21:00 lesson + tutoring
May 14: 12:00 - 21:00 lesson + tutoring
May 15: 17:00 - 21:00 lesson + tutoring
May 16 (OPTION B ONLY): 15:00 - 21:00 lesson + tutoring

// Subscription fees:

Educational* : AED  1,200
Professional : AED  1,800

Educational* : AED  1,400
Professional : AED  2,100

* Full time students, teachers, researchers & PhD (proof of status required).



Special Rate for Group of 3 People providing that they register at the same time:
Educational* :                  AED 3,240
Professional:                    AED 4,860

ducational* :                  AED 3,780
Professional:                 AED 5,670

The deadline for registration is 07/05/2016.  The workshop has 14 places available.

// Application:
To register please e-mail:

// Organized by:
This workshop is organized by d-NAT