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Divide Surfaces

In order to use the “Divide Surface” tool in grasshopper, you must first create a surface in Rhino using the surface tool by 3 or 4 points. Once the surface is created in Rhino, you can open Grasshopper using the Command bar at the top of the screen.

1) Once Grasshopper is open and your surface is open, select the “Divide Surface” tool from the surfaces tab.

2) Next, create as many number sliders as necessary that correspond to the Input Parameters of the Divide Surface box by double clicking and searching “number slider”. Corresponding input parameters are as follows:

Input parameters:

S (Surface)
Surface to divide
U (Integer)
Number of segments in {u} direction
V (Integer)
Number of segments in {v} direction

Output parameters:

P (Point)
Division points
N (Vector)
Normal vectors at division points
uv (Point)
Parameter coordinates at division points

3) Connect the corresponding slider to the correct input paramter

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Busan Opera House Proposal

This extremely organic building is based around three principal wavelengths generated parametrically based on the pre-existing surroundings: a busy city to the east, the vast ocean view to the west, and a thriving cultural district to the south. The overall structure of the building ends up functioning as three different volumes. Each component can function independently yet is part of the same overall structure, inter-connected through the control point-responsive use of smooth spatial transitions.

With the use of the green roof technology, it successfully integrates the regional environment with the opera house. With the use of Maya technology this design was created with great non-traditional visual interest along with allowing the building to fall into the surroundings soundly, without sticking out like a sore thumb.

I think that this idea could be easily applied to a skyscraper. Although the opera house has a very non-traditional plan, many skyscrapers now are beginning to challenge the typical orthogonal plan. I also believe that the use of the three separate volumes to divide up the space can be a very successful method in building a skyscraper.