Formations Workshops Fall 2015


The CCA Digital Craft Lab is pleased to announce FORMATIONS FALL 2015, a series of software-based workshops for students and professionals taking place on Nov 14-15, 2015 at the CCA in San Francisco. FORMATIONS, a workshop series at the California College of the Arts, provides a platform for students and professionals in the design disciplines to explore new technologies in a hands-on workshop setting. The focus of the event evolves to reflect emerging architectural research topics in relationship to new media.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Eventbrite - Formations Workshops

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/formations-workshops-tickets-19198568435

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Date: Saturday and Sunday, Nov 14-15, 2015
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm (9:00am Registration, 1-2pm lunch break)
Location: CCA San Francisco Campus (Main Building at 1111 8th St).
Eligibility: The workshops are open to all students, faculty and professionals in the design fields.

Cost: Each workshop costs:

  • $195 for Professionals
  • $150 for non-CCA Students, CCA Faculty/Staff, and CCA Alumni
  • $75 for CCA students. CCA students that are AIAS members will get an additional 15% discount.

Hardware and Software: Please see the Requirements section within each workshop description.
AIAS Discount: CCA AIAS members will get an additional 15% off the ticket price. Please enter the code: “AIAS” at checkout!

F.A.Q’s: Please see the bottom of the page!

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WORKSHOP 1

Prototyping Robotic Architectural Assemblies Workshop (with Arduino, Grasshopper and Firefly)

Date: Saturday, November 14, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Instructor: Jason Kelly Johnson (CCA / Future Cities Lab)

Location: CCA San Francisco, Digital Craft Lab

Description: The Prototyping Robotic Architectural Assemblies Workshop will explore the emerging integration of micro-controllers, sensors and actuators within architecture and allied fields with a focus on prototyping responsive environments, robotic architectures and digital fabrication machines. The workshop is structured around hands-on demonstrations focused on the creative and technical use of Arduino, Grasshopper, Firefly (both software and hardware). Firefly is a new set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino micro controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the 3D digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors, connect with machine vision protocols, and more. Firefly was co-authored and released by Jason Kelly Johnson and Andy Payne in 2010. Grasshopper, a free plug-in for McNeel’s Rhino modeler, allows designers to create adjustable parametric code and geometric forms through both graphic icons and programming.

Materials: Arduino kits will be provided by CCA's Hybrid Lab. If you'd like to purchase your own kit we recommend any of these kits from Adafruit.

Requirements: Participants should install the latest versions of the following free software plug-ins before the workshop:

  1. Arduino
  2. Rhino 5.0 / Grasshopper
  3. Firefly plug-in  

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WORKSHOP 2

Introduction to Grasshopper

Date: Saturday, November 14, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Instructor: Andrei Hakhovich (CCA / Gradient Matter)

Location: CCA San Francisco, Lab A

Description: This workshop will cover introduction of parametric design using the Grasshopper plugin for Rhino 5. Through a series of short tutorials students will be introduced to basic principles of visual scripting. The workshop will cover: interface basics and anatomy of a definition, geometric relationships and operations, functions and attractors, getting objects and text out of grasshopper, surface manipulations and basic data management.

Requirements: This workshop will take place in Lab A. Computers running Windows with the latest Rhino and Grasshopper will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your laptop if it has the latest Rhino and Grasshopper versions.

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WORKSHOP 3

Introduction to Dynamo

Date: Saturday, November 14, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Instructor: Colin McCrone (CCA / Autodesk)

Location: CCA San Francisco, West 2

Description: This workshop is intended for audiences with zero to moderate experience with Dynamo as a tool for computational design in the context of Revit. The workshop will introduce the fundamentals of the Dynamo platform, introduce attendees to a survey of useful nodes from several libraries, and evoke ideas with some common use cases such as structural framing, adaptive components, working with external data sources, and code blocks. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration of laying out auditorium seating using Revit families and explore custom analysis and visualization.

Requirements:

  • Laptop

  • Revit 2015 or 2016

  • Dynamo 0.8.1 or later

  • DynamoTutorial package from the Dynamo Package Manager

  • Microsoft Excel 2010 or later (optional)

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WORKSHOP 4

Data Spatialization & Parametric Drawing in Grasshopper

Date: Sunday, November 15, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Instructor: Adam Marcus (CCA / Variable Projects)

Location: CCA San Francisco, Lab C

Description: This workshop will explore the use of parametric modeling software to create data-driven two-dimensional drawings. Although architects commonly utilize parametric software to construct integrated three-dimensional models of buildings, it is less common to use such tools to create evocative, engaging, and data-rich two-dimensional representations. The parametric modeling software Grasshopper, together with plugins like Human and Lunchbox, offers a synthetic platform that provides parametric control, ability to manage complexity, and a highly intuitive graphic user interface that is accessible to architects, designers, and other visual learners. It also allows the designer to link to external data sources and use this data to inform geometric operations within the software. This workshop will investigate how these tools can be used in conjunction with Illustrator to produce diagrams, drawings, and other illustrative media that are complex, adaptable, and data-rich. We will explore how quantitative databases of natural information—such as wind patterns, temperature, tidal cycles—can be mined to produce evocative and highly qualitative drawings.

The workshop is geared towards graphic designers, artists, architects, and anyone interested in exploring innovative methods of digital drawing.

Requirements:

  • Prior intermediate knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper is required for this workshop. If your Grasshopper knowledge is limited, it is recommended that you take Workshop 2 (Introduction to Grasshopper) on the day before. 

  • This workshop will take place in Lab A. Computers running Windows with the latest Rhino, Grasshopper, and Adobe CC Suite will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your laptop if it has the latest Rhino and Grasshopper versions and Adobe Illustrator CS6 or newer.

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WORKSHOP 5

Building Facade Design in Grasshopper

Date: Sunday, November 15, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Instructor: Andrei Hakhovich (CCA / Gradient Matter)

Location: CCA San Francisco, Lab A

Description: This workshop will focus on building facade design in Grasshopper and the use of generative tools in the architecture office beyond design sketches. Digital design techniques have expanded methods for the generation of complex geometries; however, a gap between experimental design and the project delivery still exist. This workshop will look at ways of utilizing the power of computational modeling in various phases of project delivery. The first part of the workshop will construct a complex building envelope using grasshopper while the second part will look at ways of automating tracking elements, outputting complex geometry for fabrication as CAD data, and export to Revit for construction documentation.

Requirements: This workshop will take place in Lab A. Computers running Windows with the latest Rhino, Grasshopper, and Revit will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your laptop if it has the latest Rhino, Grasshopper, and Revit versions.

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What time should you arrive at CCA San Francisco?
- Registration will begin at 9:00am at the front entrance of main campus at 1111 Eighth St.
- Coffee and water will be provided at Registration
- Workshops will begin promptly at 9:30am

Can you remind me what the workshop hardware and software requirements are?
- Each work workshop has unique requirements. Please refer to specific requirements listed above.
- Please install all software before the workshop. Instructors are not responsible for installing any software.

Will there be WIFI access?
- Yes – workshop participants will have unrestricted access to the “CCA-N” Open Wireless Network

When is lunch? Where can we get other food?
- We will take a lunch break between 1-2pm. We will be providing pizza and drinks for lunch.
- Other lunch options include: A2 Cafe, Whole Foods (Rhode Island/17th), Dos Pinas

What is your cancellation policy?
- You can cancel up to 48 hours before the date of the workshop with full refund. After that, if we can fill the spot with another attendee, you would also get a full refund. Otherwise, no refund is possible. 
 

If you have any further questions please e-mail: Assoc. Prof. Andrew Kudless (akudless@cca.edu)