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This routine shows a lot of effects applied to a high-rise structure. The tower is subjected to tapering, twisting, and push and pull forces, which are supposed to mimic the wind force and to push and pull the surface of the skin in an opposite direction to the wind.This routine is inspired by Woo Jae's definition. However, at the end, I applied Jeffrey Vaglio's definition for the operable louvers, horizontal, and vertical grids as alternatives to my design.

It would have been nice if I showed how the tower's operable panels respond to the sun's position. The problem was the size of both definitions, my definition and the solar system, were very large. Whenever I connect them together, Rhino and Grasshopper crash. So, I wasn't able to show it on my vignette. However, I made this routine before as an exercise so you can check it HERE.

My Vignette (Hi Res)
My Vignette (Low Res)
Grasshopper Definition
Rhino File
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WEEK ONE - Distance Logic and Skin Design

Distance Logic USC_517_MElSheikh_Distance%20Logic_100404--.jpg Shape changes based on the Sin curve. More images: Image 02
Skin Design USC_517_MElSheikh_Skin1_100407.jpg Modular unit that is being repeated on a Cartesian grid. More images: Image 02

I watched some videos to learn how to create the skin. However, I designed my own skin shape. As you will notice, you need to do some steps in Rhino (very basic steps on how to link objects in Rhino to Grasshopper). Video tutorial 01,Video tutorial 02,Video tutorial 03,Video tutorial 04

WEEK TWO - High Rise and Truss Structure

Truss Structure USC_517_MElSheikh_Truss4_100411.jpg Truss structure is about exploding points, listing them individually, and then joining them in groups together with lines. More images: Image 02, Image 03
High Rise Tower USC_517_MElSheikh_High%20Rise-Small_100411%281%29.jpg More images: Image 02, Image 03, Image 04, Definition Screenshot

WEEK THREE - Responsive Panels and Solar Simulation

Responsive Surface USC_517_MElSheikh_Responsive%20Surface_100418.jpg Responsive surface that changes shape based on a mathematical function. More images: Image 02,Image 03, Definition Screenshot
Solar Responsive Panel USC_517_MElSheikh_Responsive%20Panels_100420%20copy.jpg Responsive panels surface that changes circles radii according to the sun's position. The development is based on nGai's definition of incident solar and his definition of component population on mesh. More images: Aug 21, 9am - Aug 21, 12pm - Aug 21, 4pm - Dec 21, 12pm - Mar 21, 12pm - Jun 21, 12pm - Definition Screenshot
High Rise Responsive Skin USC_517_MElSheikh_High%20Rise%20Responsive%20Skin01_Small_100422.jpg High rise responsive skin design was developed using the twisted tower and the responsive panel definitions. More images: Image 02,Image 03, Image 04, Animated Image, Definition Screenshot
Image Fabrication USC_517_MElSheikh_Image%20Fabrication_Small_100418.jpg Image fabrication using Nathan's Definition extrude based on the image's black and white levels.More images: Image 02
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