Author Archives: 04 Owen Weinstein

fillit: better late than never….

Open rhino
Open grasshopper
In grasshopper double click and type fillet:  there will be two choices choose the one that is like the one in the screen capture above
In grasshopper double click and type slider:  number slider
In grasshopper Connect the slider button to the fillet button
In grasshopper double click and type curve: select curve from rhino
In grasshopper Connect the slider button to the fillet button
In rhino draw a polyline, it can have several corners, or only one.
In rhino select the polyline,  in grasshopper right click the curve button and select  “set one curve”
You should now see a curve at the corners of the polyline,  by playing with the slider button you can adjust the curve of the fillet.


Like many people I derive a great deal of inspiration from nature.  In particular I am fascinated by ants. I am impressed both by the relative scale of there constructions and the elegance/ efficiency of there designs.  They manage to use only passive means to heat cool and ventilate the equivalent of a supper city all with each individual having roughly 1/40,000 the brainpower of a average human.

The excavated ant colonies often times look like some sort of architecture of the distant future a or alien space craft.

It is also intriguing that ants are self organizing, ie there is no master mind or “designer” laying out how to make there colonies but rather each ant acts with a simple set of rules and goals and together millions of interactions accumulate into something incredibly complex and beautiful.

In some ways you could say that ants are a living example of parametric design but as a collective rather than individuals.

It makes me wonder whether people working independently with some type of aggregating design soft were could have similar  results, the idea being that hundreds  of people would make small deigns moves on one project and all these move would create a incredibly well thought out and beautiful building…