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Workshop 04: Parametric Structures

Workshop 04: Parametric Structures

| On 20, Mar 2017

Digital Futures Workshop Series
Spring 2017

Pratt Institute
School of Undergraduate Architecture

Workshop 04
Parametric Structures
Interactive Structural Design in Grasshopper

Location: HHS 111
Date + Time: Sun, 2017.03.26, 12-3pm
Instructors: Benjamin Howes

Description: This workshop will serve as an introduction to performance-driven structural design using Karamba, a structural analysis plugin for Grasshopper. The exercises will demonstrate how to properly model structural systems for accurate analysis, and how to use high level analysis feedback to drive the design process. The content will progress from simple beam analysis, onto single structural bay and long span roof truss examples, and will conclude with a structural design space navigation using Colibri and Design Explorer.

Requirements: Participants are required to bring a laptop with Rhino 5.0 installed on their laptops and download and install the latest version of Grasshopper and following software.

Rhino 5.0
TT Toolbox

Questions or Comments: Please contact us at –

Downloads: Please download workshop files before the start of the workshop:


  • Download > right click .zip file > properties > unblock, apply, OK.
  • Unzip and follow instructions in /plugins/install.txt

Links: Design Explorer – truss example