Author Archives: Nia Hockaday

p3_NiaHockaday_05_Curve Frames

Open Grasshopper.
Drag Curve Frame component to canvas.
Draw Circle on Top view-port of Rhino workspace.
Drag Curve Parameter to canvas.
Rename Curve parameter “Crv1″ and select circle from top view-port.
Connect Crv1 to C input of curve frame component.
Drag numeric slider to canvas.
Remane “N#” and adjust values as follows: Type: Integer, Lower Limit: 1, Upper Limit: 12
Connect slider to N input of Curve Frame component
Drag a circle onto the canvas
Connect the F output of the curve frame component to the P input of the circle component
Copy and paste numeric slider, and change hte name to radius
Connect radius component to R input of Circle component.
Adjust radius as desired.


Dr. Haresh Lalvani, architect-morphologist from Lalvani Studios is experimenting a new, an quite innovative concept in the world or Art and Design. The AlgoRhythm Technology was developed based on the human genetic code, translated into an inanimate version. Lalvani uses pieces of sheet metal to create unique, fluid forms using forces of compression and pressure. The idea of transforming fluid movement within rigid structures is one that can be recreated in schematic architectural design concepts. Considering column, wall and ceiling systems, Lalvani explores the limitless possibilities based on one material, and one method of construction. More specifically, experimentation with the AlgoRhythm system has expanded to more architecturally based materials such as conceptual designs for windows and doors, as well as industrial design concepts like containers, and vases. The AlgoRhythm concept is continually growing, and maturing towards the point of realistic design.

The concept of using one singular material to create the form of an entire space is an intriguing one, considering the shapes and forms that can be constructed. I am drawn to the contrast between the form of a rigid structure and the fluidity of its resulting interaction with force. The concept would be interesting to see in a full scale setting, such as in renovated elements of existing structures.