In the days of traditional blueprints, architects used to rely on manually calculating precise measurements and drafting designs on a small physical surface. Today’s specialized software programs like Rhino3D and Illustrator have expanded modern architects’ scope of vision, allowing them to work with a new set of advanced tools for designing architectural frameworks and solidifying concepts.

Within the Rhinoscript library, the program Tween lets designers create field drawings to conceptualize ideas. Field drawings can be made through “tweening”, a term that refers to a process of producing variation in geometric patterns between two points. It’s a valuable tool for easily generating and controlling complex systems like field drawings through the input of variables. The resulting drawings convey areas of density and forces of movement on the grid, letting architects explore various design elements.

Assistant Professor Joshua Vermillion of University of Nevada, Las Vegas does research on computational methods for architectural applications. Below he shows a tutorial on how to use Tween to construct field drawings.

If you want to know more about learning architectural design using software, you can enroll in the free course Digital Drawings: Points, Lines, Curves below, or take a look at the first session here.

Digital Drawings: Points, Lines, Curves

Digital Drawings: Points, Lines, Curves

University of Nevada, Las Vegas