about the animal
The Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino has an amazing capability to link many disperse territories of design practice. This weblog is a collection of tutorials and annotated grasshopper definitions that explain the particular tools that are useful for linking grasshopper to data. These connections are often easy to accomplish. It is only necessary to gain an awareness of a few simple tricks and tools.
Here you will find grasshopper definitions and tutorials for three data territories: importing tabular data from internet sources, connecting to live internet data feeds, and bringing data from simulations into grasshopper. Some key techniques are:
how to find latitude and longitude for a list of addresses through BatchGeo and Google Earth
how to create x,y,z points in grasshopper from Geo coordinates
how to connect grasshopper to data from Open Office or Excel spreadsheets
how to link to live data feeds from a range of URLs
how to bring OpenStreetMap geometry into grasshopper
how to connect results from various energy simulation packages to grasshopper
If you use this work, please give us credit.
Lucia Phinney and Robin Dripps, principals
Ryan Lewandowski, Kurt Marsh, Sarah Cancienne
University of Virginia School of Architecture
See also our sister sites. explode BReps is a collection of grasshopper definitions that explore the territory between landscape and architecture in terms of analysis, data, fields, and geometries. soft surface operations is a seminar site that investigates the mechanics of responsive surfaces with the firefly plug-in for grasshopper. Here you will find definitions for mechanisms such as gears, cranks, and linkages as well as troubleshooting guides for connecting sensors and actuators to the arduino microcontroller.