NON-LINEAR LAB: Growth Systems and Digital Fabrication | 2012 September 08-09
NON-LINEAR LAB is two-day workshop on Growth Systems, Parametric Detailing, and Digital Fabrication. This Lab is the next installment in our coLAB series and is the result of collaborative research undertaken by Skylar Tibbits [SJET + Previous coLAB Instructor] and Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos [Studio Mode/modeLab]. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will cover Fundamental Concepts of Programming and Parametric Design as well as an introduction to Laser Cutting Constraints and Best Practices. Emphasis will be placed on iterative prototyping, allowing for a thorough investigation of a series of Growth, Unit, and Detailing Scripts while working directly with our CNC equipment.
Lab participants will learn how to influence, manipulate, and grow systems capable of reaching unanticipated outcomes using Python and Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. The Lab curriculum will include a series of instructional lectures, lab exercises, and open work sessions. Instructional lectures will serve to both introduce key concepts and spark discussion amongst the group. Modeled after carefully selected case-studies, lab exercises are designed to make abstract technical concepts concrete and applicable to creative professionals. Open work sessions will offer participants time to develop individual design studies with one-on-one assistance by the Lab instructors. In the NON-LINEAR LAB, participants will also be introduced to workflows which allow simple coordination of Laser Cut parts and assembly of prototypes. Participants from all creative fields and backgrounds are encouraged to attend and lend their perspective to the Lab. As part of a larger online infrastructure, modeLab, this workshop provides participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning.