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Basic knowledge of parametric design thinking, the transformation of concepts into geometric operations and the implementation of these operations in a graphic scripting editor.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 16.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Toni Kotnik

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Toni Kotnik

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is an introduction into fundamental concepts of parametric design thinking in architecture and landscape architecture using Grasshopper, a plug- in to Rhinoceros. The course covers basics of geometry of curves and surfaces, NURBS-geometry and mesh geometry as well as data handling. It is taught as intense one-week long workshop at the beginning of the summer teaching period.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment is based on the evaluation of the exercises and the final design exercise.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    For 3 cr the total workload is 81 hrs consisting of input lectures (20 hrs), exercises (25 hrs), and final design exercise (36 hrs).


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course reader and technical manuals will be provided to students in digital format over MyCourses.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Working knowledge of Rhinoceros (basic knowledge of NURBS curves & surfaces)