DIVA and Work by Jeff Niemasz

LMN Architect has just published a review of the DIVA plugin for Grasshopper. 

DIVA uses Radiance, a free environemtal simulation software which you can download and install to run alongside Ecotect.

Radiance is more precise than Ecotect and can be used for Daylight studies, producing extremely accurate renders.

DIVA was written by Jeff Niemasz, a Harvard GSD student, as part of his masters project on re-visiting the aqua tower by Studio Gang.

You can register to the DIVA for Grasshopper group on the forum and follow the tutorial on installation (See videos below).

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/29811576]

 

 Above: Portfolio page from Green Re Articulates Red, my diploma project at the AA

 

 Above: Simulation Matrix from LMNTS using DIVA for Grasshopper

Social Forces, Literally !

Nathan Miller, creator of Slingshot has used Kangaroo and his own plugin on Grasshopper to import his Facebook friends as a  network of lines and applied different physical forces between them depending on the level of connectivity between friends.

Interesting way to start designing a building?

Video Below:

More Information on Nathan’s blog The Proving Ground.

Grasshopper

Some very helpful links for Grasshopper:

Danny Boyes’s explaination of the Path Mapper and Lists 

Pattern Redux, a blog full of simple examples for Grasshopper 

-Nathan Miller’s use of Database with Slingshot on his blog The proving Ground 

-Some nice Grasshopper experiments from Morphocode 

-Digital Toolbox for Grasshopper tutorials