Data Bodies - Paris - 9-11 May 2014

Data Bodies – Paris – 9-11 May 2014

Data Bodies
Grasshopper as data processing tool
9-11 May 2014
Superbelleville – Paris

[.] Abstract
“Data by itself has no meaning. It fills databases. This data must be examined in order to become meaningful. Humans must interact with it. Information arises when humans examine the data. Knowledge is created when information is transformed through human social interactions.” Richard Gayle via spacecollective

The space in which we live can be monitored in many aspects and appears to be to be a gradient of data in continuous evolution and change. One of the major advantages of parametric tools is to be able to inform the design processes with accurate, specific and variable, in space and time, data streams .

[.] Methodology
DATA BODIES is a Grasshopper workshop that will focus on how its nature as an information processor and how it can be (ab)used in order to manipulate data, streaming inputs from various sources and use datafeeds to inform geometry or data structures from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to give an understanding of information and data articultion as already a spatial and architectural operation; results may range from pure data communication protocols, dataviz or data-driven geometries depending on the skill levels and aspirations of each participant. The brief is also open to the suggestions and opportunities that may rise during the workflow.

[.] Software & Skills
Basic skills in Rhino and Grasshopper are required. Participants should bring their own laptop with pre-installed software (software download links will be given after subscription).

A fully functional evaluation version of the software can be downloaded at the following links:
Rhino 5 –
Grasshopper (latest version) –

During the workshop will be used the following plugins : gHowl, MeshEdit, WeaverBird, Firefly, Lunchbox

[.] Calendar & Timetable:
9,10,11 of May 2014
Morning 10-13 + Afternoon 14-18 (coffee breaks included)

[.] Agenda
Day 1
Geometry instantiation (component to proliferation environment)
Data flow intermediate: conditional operations, data visualization and control (text tags, panel)
Data flow advanced: data tree & pathmapping
Attractor logics (one and multiple points, curves)
Informing geometries: colors & tagging
Mesh & subdivision tools
Advanced mesh modeling
Examples and case studies
Day 2
Introduction to gHowl plug-in
Data from COSM (old Pachube)
Data from spreadsheet
Data from web – realtime data
GPS data from smartphone app
Data-driven design
Day 3
Design studio and final pin-up

[.] Tutor
Andrea Graziano – Co-de-iT

[.] Curator
Francesco Cingolani

[.] Languages
English will be the main language of the workshop, but organizers also speak fluently Italian, Spanish and French.

[.] Venue
Superbelleville coworking
5 passage Piver
75011 Paris

[.] Subscription fees:
For participants who register before 14/04/2014 (included) we offer EARLY BIRD fees:
EARLY BIRD educational*: € 249 **
EARLY BIRD professional: € 319 **

After 14/04/2014 the STANDARD fees will be:
STANDARD fee – educational*: € 289 **
STANDARD fee – professional: € 389 **

The deadline for registration is 02/05/2014.
The workshop has a maximum of 15 places available and will be activated with a minimum number of 8 participants.

* students, teachers, researchers & PhD (proof of status required)
** TVA may apply following your invoicing adress : please contact us for further details

[.] Application:
Please send an email to Francesco Cingolani – – if you want to apply for the workshop.
You will then receive further information and payment instructions.

[.] Organized by:
This workshop is organized by Superbelleville in collaboration with Co-de-iT