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Decoding Parametricism: Software

Date
24.02.2022

Para-met-ri-cism a.ka. the style of the future: relies on computers, algorithms, and programs to enhance design. At the heart of it, parametric architecture is about using tools smartly and wisely – which is why we prefer this science-backed approach to keep up with the future of design world!

At Studio Emergence, tech is key to what we do, and you will see it reflected in the process from Day 01. We rely on different software to help us achieve our goals – and in the hands of a team that understands nuance, it gets transformed into a living, breathing entity rather than just a very cool concept that exists on paper only!

Rather than quantity, though, we prefer relying on quality – we use the Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper, and Revit Architecture for different parts of the process. Scroll down to learn how we use each one of these!

Rhino 3D for our project in Maharashtra

Perfect for both computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, we use Rhino 3D for visualizing a project, prototyping, 3D printing (did you know we have a 3D printer in-house?!), and reverse engineering. It helps us visualize all of the little details that can make an impact and also helps us communicate to the other teams, specifically construction companies, on the layered facets of the design.

Grasshopper: A beautiful language

Built within Rhino 3D, Grasshopper is a visual programming language that helps us to build generative algorithms – especially when it comes to geometry! We specifically use its element of parametric modelling for our projects from architecture to fabrication.

P.S. This is great for sustainable architecture as well – it can help build energy consumption and run performance analysis for eco-friendly architecture – truly a software made for the future!

How we optimise façades using Grasshopper

Revit Architecture: Functionality across the board

The beauty of Revit lies in the fact that it is designed to be used by every single type of profile needed in architecture – from design to engineering to contractor details. The extensions of this software also includes “Grevit for Grasshopper”, a plugin that allows to convert Rhino/Grasshopper models to Autodesk Revit model. This amalgamation of Revit and Grasshopper enables us designers and architects to not just design and practice Parametricism without boundaries, but also find numerous ways to execute these complex structures in reality. Great for project management from start to finish!

Bringing Vijay Niwas to life with Revit

Tell us, what’s your favourite software? What would you use to bring a project to life?

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