rat[LAB]EDU Winter School 2018-19 // Batch B -...

Jan 7, 2019 10:00 AM - Jan 9, 2019 06:00 PM (Asia/Kolkata)

  • Dr. D. Y. Patil Educational Complex (Akurdi)

  • Ravet Village Road, Sector 29, Nigadi Pradhikaran, Akurdi,

  • Pune


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Agenda // Parametric Skyscrapers

1 country // 4 cities // 1 agenda // 1 competition



After a successful completion of 50+ design workshops worldwide, rat[LAB]EDU (Educational subset of rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology) is organizing PARAMETRIC DESIGN WORKSHOPS for design students & professionals that are focused on application of Computational Design for high-rise buildings. Winter School 2018-19 ::Parametric Design Workshops (3-day design workshops + 2 days of online sessions) will run across 4 cities in India – Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune & Bengaluru and marks the 4th iteration of annual workshop series Summer-Winter School programmes carried out by rat[LAB]EDU. The larger objective is to change the way we conceive spaces within art, architectural & urban systems through use of advanced architectural tools like Computational Design. This thereby changes the way architectural education is imparted in the country by inculcating an independent studio culture in India, which was initiated by the studio in 2015 with the popular 5-city India tour named Filling The Void – Architecture & Urban Systems.

// Winter School 2018-19 :: Parametric Skyscrapers

The re-imagined version of short-term workshops by rat[LAB]EDUCATION is designed as a Competition-integrated-Workshop which extends beyond the typical 3-day studio to 2 additional days of online sessions, making it a 5-day engagement with Computational Design. The workshop is designed to cover applications of advanced computational design techniques for re-inventing skyscraper design eventually leading to collaborative submissions to the popular eVolo Skyscraper 2019 competition and similar other international competitions. It is first of its kind workshop that integrates a global design competition and allows a collaborative exchange between profession and academia by creating a direct association between workshop participants and host studio.

The 5 day intensive workshop (3 days of studio sessions + 2 day online sessions) for design students & professionals will delve into computational & parametric methods (using Rhino3D & Grasshopper3D) to create systemic design models for architectural design of skyscraper. Advanced Design Tools such as Environmental Analysis and Structural Analysis for skyscraper will also be integrated in the studio, along with presentation and documentation for competition submission.

WS18-19 will run across 4 cities and investigate the agenda of Parametric Skyscapers for participants to experience a hands-on experience of correctly using the digital tools through computation and parametric methods.

Studio is designed as a 3-day event in all cities (+2 Online Sessions for each batch)  comprising of technical tutorials, teaching sessions, design critics, design documentation methods, presentations, submission panel preparations and design exercises culminating in a critical discussion about computational design and its future potentials, pertaining to high-rise developments.

The 3-day studio / workshop shall focus on inculcating the following aspects as a part of syllabus:

  • Parametric & Computational Design Methods

  • Skyscraper Design Tool-set

  • Environmental Analysis

  • Façade and Building Skin Design

  • Structural Analysis (if required)

  • Documentation and Presentation (for competition submission)

Best 3 projects (cumulative from all cities) will work with rat[LAB] Studio (Delhi) to submit the finalized project for eVolo Skyscraper 2019 (and other similar international competitions, where the scheme fits appropriately).

The selection will be based on final works developed in guidance of Studio Head – Ar. Sushant Verma from rat[LAB] Studio.

Final 3 projects will be detailed out for final touch-ups and presentation / visualization and submitted by the studio with all participant team members as design partners, without bearing any competition submission costs. The team members get the opportunity to collaborate with rat[LAB]Studio for the competition entry to open up new avenues of association.

// Teaching Methodology // Tools

//Studio is structured to teach participants the use of computational techniques through Grasshopper® (Generative modeling plug-in for Rhino®) and ways to integrate it with architectural & structural systems for skyscraper design leading to international competition submissions.

//No previous knowledge of Grasshopper & Rhinoceros is required for these workshops as basic technical knowledge will be provided on Day 1.

//Pre-designed customizable tools will be provided by rat[LAB]EDU on Day 2 for design explorations & experimentations, pertaining to applications for high-rise buildings.

//The studio is flexible to basic, intermediate & advanced users of computation.

//The workshop is curated in the form of a design studio with collective learning than mere software sessions. Software form a part of the tool-set that is inculcated in the 3-day studio sessions.

// Technical Sessions

Technical sessions will be provided to give an insight to computation, algorithms and parametric design methodologies to students & professionals. The idea of designing parametrically and use of computational methodologies is new to Indian context and has great potentials across various design disciplines. Digital experimentations using computational techniques (primarily Rhino3D + Grasshopper) will initiate the discourse, followed by technical sessions, theoretical discussions and presentations.

// Cities & Dates*


*Mumbai workshop has been shifted and clubbed with Pune workshop.

PUNE:  7th, 8th, 9th Jan 2019 (Monday to Wednesday)

Dr D Y Patil College Of Architecture (Akurdi)

Dr. D. Y. Patil Educational Complex, 

Ravet Village Road, Sector 29, 

Nigadi Pradhikaran, Akurdi, Pune, 

Maharashtra 411044

NEW DELHI: 18th, 19th, 20th Jan 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Sushant School of Art & Architecture

Ansal University

Sector 55, Golf Course Road,

Gurugram, Haryana 122003

CHENNAI: 23rd, 24th, 25th Jan 2019 (Wednesday to Friday)

RVS School of Change

9th Floor, Sapna Trade Centre

135, Poonamallee High Road,

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600084

BENGALURU: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Feb 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

KS School of Architecture

No. 15, Off Kanakapura Road,

Near Vajarahalli, Mallasandra,

Karnataka 560109

*Since multiple organizations form a part of Winter School programme (venue partners, media partners, collaborating studio, etc.), there is always a slight possibility in change of dates and venue.

// Tutors & Speakers

  • Sushant Verma – Studio Director (rat[LAB]Studio) (www.rat-lab.org/sushantverma)  

  • Each city may have an additional co-tutor

  • Eminent experts from architectural design with knowledge in high-rise buildings will be invited as guest speakers for studio or online sessions.

// Software & skills 

  • Basic 3D modeling skills in any software are preferred (Previous knowledge of Rhino3D is not obligatory).

  • Participants should bring their own laptop with pre-installed software.

NOTE: Grasshopper does not fully function on Rhino for MAC. A windows-enabled laptop is necessary.

// Software Downloads

Rhino 5 (90-day evaluation) can be downloaded for free here.

Rhino 6 (90-day evaluation) can be downloaded for free here.

Grasshopper free-version can be downloaded here.

Additional software & plug-ins will be provided in the workshop.

// Registration Dates

All Registrations end 4 days prior to workshop start date (Or till seats last)

There are limited seats available.


Student and recent graduates *- INR 8250 + 18% GST

Professional – Jr. **- INR 9750 + 18% GST

Professional – Sr. ***- INR 13750 + 18% GST

*(Graduated from B.Arch. or similar programme in 2018 or later)

**( Graduated from B.Arch. or similar programme between 2013 to 2017)

***( Graduated from B.Arch. or similar programme in or before 2012)

Valid ID Proof (for grad year) required STRICTLY; Nominal Platform service charges applicable.

Early-bird registration (limited seats only) ending on 20th Nov 2018: 15% Flat Discount

Group Registrations (Groups of 4 – 7) ending on 20th Nov 2018 : 20% Flat Discount

Venue Partners’ students : 25% Discount (as per coupon codes provided to school)

// Schedule


  • Distribution of research and study material.

  • Talk/Presentation on high-rise and skyscraper design.

  • Case study on Computational Design for skyscrapers.

  • Brainstorming to prepare for 3-day Studio Workshop.


  • Presentations / Lectures on Parametric Design & Computational Thinking

  • Introduction to Rhinoceros 3D – GUI & Basic Use

  • Grasshopper GUI & Basic Functionality

  • Points, Lines, Surfaces.

  • Parameters, Inputs, Numbers.

  • Simple & Referenced Geometry, Locally Defined Geometry, Baking, etc.

  • Lists & Data Tree Management

  • Data Manipulation & Visualization

  • Surface Tessellations


  • Patterns & Geometric Explorations

  • Releasing of pre-designed tools (Grasshopper scripts) to all participants

  • Functionality of tools for Skyscraper Design

  • Agenda for competition

  • Design development (in teams or individual)

  • Discussions on submission panels & output

  • Documentation


  • Group Discussions & Preparation of Panels

  • 3D Visualizations, Diagrams, Drawing Preparations

  • Presentation Methods

  • Finalizing A1 Panels (for submissions)


  • Collaborating with rat[LAB] Studio to finalize entries

  • Visual Communications & Technical Checks

// About rat[LAB] EDUCATION

rat[LAB] EDUCATION is an initiative by rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology (www.rat-lab.org) to start a new discourse in architecture & parallel design disciplines with the use of â€˜computational design’ & it’s various subsets. Spread across various cities / countries, we are establishing a global dialogue in the domain of computational design by actively organizing and participating in workshops, lectures, presentations & symposia. While rat[LAB] has taken a top-down approach of exploring computational design through industry, a parallel, bottom-up approach is also in-line to involve students of all levels, from design & related backgrounds.


Dr. D. Y. Patil Educational Complex (Akurdi)

Ravet Village Road, Sector 29, Nigadi Pradhikaran, Akurdi, ,Pune

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