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Fox Fridays: Grasshopper

Friday, September 8, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Weil Hall, Collaborative Technology Center (lower level)

In this free workshop, students will be introduced to Grasshopper, a visual programming plug-in for Rhino. Using computational techniques, we will design a parametric, perforated surface and prepare it for laser cutting on paper. Prerequisite: working knowledge of Rhino.


We will design and produce laser-cutting files for a double-curved, perforated surface, which could serve as a wall decoration or a model of an architectural canopy. We won’t be laser-cutting during the workshop, but students are encouraged to laser cut their designs afterwards.


Computational design, both as a mindset and a design process, is applicable to any creative field. It allows architects and artists to incorporate complexity into their designs that would not be possible by hand; to base their designs on existing data or physical properties; and to extensively reiterate.


Orion Strayer, BS ‘24, is an architecture student “suffering a geeky obsession with computational design.”


Fox Fridays is a weekly, low-stress workshop series introducing the WashU community to overlooked or lesser-known tools, resources, processes, and ideas. It provides a platform for students to develop hybridized practices of creative output that transcend discipline, medium, and experience.


Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts





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