Within the elective course “Parametric modelling” in the third year of the Undergraduate studies at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, a group of students was introduced with the Schüco Parametric System at the very end of the spring semester 2014/15 and required to design a parametric façade applicable in their actual studio project which was mainly housing or mixed use design.
Schüco Parametric System represents a step forward in introducing parametrics in the process of architectural design. Offering a technical solution that is flexible enough to respond to designers’ intentions to dynamise building envelope but to stay in domain of buildability, it is a sort of prêt à porter using the language of fashion.
Since Schüco provides software support for several platforms (including Rhino 3D and Grasshopper, as well as Revit), the Belgrade students were given a Grasshopper definition, part of fully functional plug-in, enabling creation of significant variety of answers to a given task.
For the purpose of this assignment, the algorithm provided by Schüco was tested and slightly shortened in terms of keeping it support to geometric parametrization, but to exclude the part of the system that supports the manufacturing.
On the other hand, the students used the knowledge and skills of parametric modelling to control initial architectural form that will be materialized by the given façade system. Finally, the students were free to propose some modifications of the existing system, according to specific requirements of their individual designs.
In terms of architectural pedagogy this was an experiment in vivo, appropriate for elective courses, since similar method of integrating industry based parametric solutions with usual parametric form finding, has not been reported yet.
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