Fall 2019 Project 2 – Free Standing, Form Found, Laser Cut

The second project for the Fall 2019 semester – Free Standing, Form Found, Laser Cut – is here:


ETH Zurich, Block Research Group, Armadillo

Free Standing, Form Found, Laser Cut is an in-depth investigation into full scale digital fabrication and parametric prototyping, and will force students to embrace an iterative approach using generative design techniques and workflows.  Over the course of the project, students will master working with complex geometric data structures in Grasshopper, will become comfortable translating design models into digitally fabricated output, and will attempt to realize an ambitious project in a short time frame using experimental tools and workflows.

Fall 2019 Project 1 – 2D Patterning

The first project for the Fall 2019 semester – 2D Patterning – is here:


Joseph Albers – Textured Brick Wall study models

2D Patterning is a fast-paced introduction to parametric modeling in Grasshopper.  Students will learn how to build interactive, algorithmic drawings. By limiting the design problem to the two dimensional plane and focusing on purely graphical content, students are allowed to develop basic computational modeling and generative design techniques in the abstract.

Privacy Screens for Kids – Spring 2019

The final project for the Spring 2019 term – Privacy Screens for Kids – is available now.   Hit the link between the paragraphs below.  The assignment asks students to design a family of laser cut privacy screens for preschoolers, and to build 3 individuals at 1:4 scale.


Previously we’ve always built at full scale in the laser cutting projects.  Or at least we’ve tried too, with a hit-or-miss sort of success record.  I’m hopeful that the 1:4 scale will take some of the financial sting out of the projects, minimize catastrophic structural failures, and will force students to truly design in the plural form; you all must build three screens that work, not one screen that works.

Fall 2018 Final Project – Privacy Screens for Kids

The final project for the Fall 2018 semester is outlined in the Google document below.  This is a variation of a project the class has done a few times before – free standing laser cut privacy screens made from chipboard.  This time for kids!  Also – no stacked blocks, egg crates, or voronoi based assembly systems this time around…



Spring 2018 5 Week Project – 2D Interiors





The first project of the Spring 2018 semester – 2D Interiors – can be found online here:


This is the first time we’re trying this project.  Students are asked to identify a precedent 2D Interiors system – either a floors wall, or ceiling system – and to extend that system parametrically.  The assignment is similar to the Seating assignement we used to do, in that students do not have to design the systems – they only have to make them dance.

Product Families Assignment

The final assignment for the Spring 2015 term, Product Families, can be viewed at the following location:


Students are asked to design and produce a family of 3D printable products with grasshopper, and to iteratively print family members to help inform the design process.

Parametric Seating Part I= JEHS+LAUB LOUNGE CHAIR by Knoll

When the opportunity to develop a new lounge collection arose in 2007, Knoll Director of Design Benjamin Pardo immediately went to German designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub. Pardo had hoped to work with Jehs + Laub for some time, thinking they were the right designers to further the legacy of Knoll lounge seating.

jehs+laub lounge chair leather and crome base
jehs+laub lounge chair
leather and crome base

jehs+laub lounge chair diagrams
jehs+laub lounge chair

Surface Model in Rhino of the chair:

jehs+laub chair_model 01jehs+laub chair_model 02

Proposed Variables: