In this module, urbanist and civil engineer Jakob Becker will give insights into urban planning based on the energy present in the environment using the visual programming interface Grasshopper for Rhino.
After giving an introduction to the sun’s movement, solar urban planning principles and climatology, this seminar will teach how to use the visual programming environment Grasshopper for Rhino to find solutions to energy related problems in architecture. Students will learn to work with weather data and will be guided through different examples of energy simulations applied in urban contexts with the main focus lying on solar radiation simulation and adjacent fields, such as direct sun hours simulation, energy gains calculation and optimization as well as geometry definition based on solar radiation and climatic conditions.
This module will give insights into solar urban planning principles and aims to raise the awareness of integrating local climatic conditions into the process of urban planning. No previous experience in working with Grasshopper is required.
Teaching language is English.