[Massing] - Configuration

Text During explorations for the current project, several studies for urban massing distribution emerged. These are done in Grasshopper for Rhino. Furthermore the images show different configurations: striped, fieldlined and clustered. Regarding the clustered option, the densifications are responding to each other in growing and shrinking, or even merging together.


Andrew at: January 1, 2010 at 3:40 PM said...

I'm really quite interested in the field configuration of the massing options. How did you structure definition. did you use surface subdivisions to control the number of area? Would love to know more.


a-ngine at: January 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM said...

He Andrew

you were right the field configuration basically consists of a srf subdivision logic based on line attractors generated from the urban context. Additionally, height and scale attributes are controlled by other attractors like fluxus etc (in this example I just used points). If you need more info let me know


STU at: February 9, 2010 at 12:12 AM said...

can you give me any direction in how you did the animations above? i'm working on a thesis project (something completely unrelated) and would like to use animation of my GH work. thank you for the help!

a-ngine at: February 11, 2010 at 5:51 AM said...
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a-ngine at: February 11, 2010 at 5:51 AM said...


using the animation function in GH is quite simple: pls consider that your initial animation component is one single slider which means that you possibly have to connect them in several ways (and convert data with other comps such as functions). So one slider feeds all necessary inputs for controlling your geometry.

All you have to do is to RMB onto the slider and go to animate. Choose your settings (I allways go for .jpg) and create your stills. There are thousands of programms ut there to put animation stills together, even the mediaplayer is doing it. I use Adobe Premiere for setting them together and creating the animation. VoilĂ : done!

Good luck, Patrick

STU at: February 17, 2010 at 1:44 PM said...

ha, you make it sound simple. but for me not so much. will try and learn more.

Ryan at: April 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM said...

Is there any chance you could post a definition or describe the process? I am trying to learn grasshopper at the moment and am interested in how this massing study works.

Thankyou, Ryan.

Riri at: September 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM said...

I am very interested in the field and cluster configuration. I'd like to learn the logic behind the definition and perhaps how you made it. Could you please help me?

Thank you, Riri

a-ngine at: September 13, 2012 at 3:08 AM said...

Hello Riri, its been a long time but as far as I remember the logic is rather simple and straight forward: the massing studies are based on a site surface subdivision which is articulated in relation to attractors, curves and points in my case. Distance (and density) relationships are influencing grid density, cell offsets, volume typology, height and volume etc.

Hope I could help,

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