I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a 3-day fabrication workshop at the University of Toronto from July 17th-19th. The first two days of the course will be set up to teach the fundamentals of the software plugin and we will work through a diverse range of topics. However, the third day will be focused on the construction of a full scale urban intervention where we will be using Grasshopper to facilitate the fabrication of a full scale prototype. We will examine Toronto's existing urban infrastructure, namely it's post and ring bicycle lock system, and develop a parasitic design that can be modified for each site's unique characteristics (such as volumetric dimensions (length, width, height), bike lock spacing, screening systems and solar orientation, and acoustical response. We will also be using a 5-axis CNC Mill (PADE Spin-W) capable of machining 1.2m in the z-axis and roughly a 2.5m x 2.5m x-y bed-size.
I'd like to thank Matthew Spremulli and Valentina Mele for helping organize the event. The workshop is open to University of Toronto students only and is currently sold out. I will be posting more about the workshop and some fabrication shots very soon. Stay tuned!
Update 21 July: Above are a few screenshots from the workshop hosted at the University of Toronto this past weekend. We really covered a lot of ground and the images below display an amazing amount of progress made for students who were completely new to the software system (after just 2 days).