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Learn Dynamo

How?

There are hundreds of ways you can learn Dynamo. My good friend and mentor Julien Benoit at Groupe Legendre teaches his colleagues every day. Dynamo is so integrated in his team’s project that they have to. For many of us this is more a case of playing around until we find relevant problems to solve. I have three main categories of ways to learn Dynamo.

First, use the resources on dynamobim.org and dynamoprimer.com. They include video and written tutorials that cover basic and advanced procedures of computing and automating data. Simple exercises like form creation, parameter manipulation and Excel interoperability are perfect introductions to understand what kind of magic you can pull on your colleagues and clients.

Second, interact with the community. Like many new, free open source programs Dynamo has conjured a fantastic community of people who help each other every day. Guys like Dimitar Venkov and Andreas Dieckmann have done miracles teaching people how to solve their own design problems. Actually Dimitar has two live Code Blocks in critical workflows on my current project at Snøhetta, and I would have gotten nowhere without Andreas’ Clockwork Package. The same goes for Konrad Sobon who created Mantis Shrimp that allows me to move data between Grasshopper and Dynamo, something I do on a daily basis at Snøhetta. Adam Sheather made Dynaworks, a Package that Julien uses to move clashes between Navisworks and Revit in his own workflow. All of these were developed for free under open source licensing. That’s the result of a community of people who like to help others.

Last, arrange courses. When I worked at Dark we asked Nathan Miller to fly from Omaha to Oslo to direct a three day training session. Nate came, and I invited BIM specialists from other companies in Oslo to split the cost. I personally made leaps in understanding computation during those three days. Let me know if you want to set something similar up for you and your colleagues. I can deliver introductory curriculum and pretty advanced architectural design with Dynamo. I can also get you in touch with people like Julien, Andreas and Nate who are on a completely different planet when it comes to advanced topics. As a sidenote to that, Andreas’ topic for his Dynamo class at Revit Technology Conference Europe 2015 in Budapest this fall is Automate Automation. No? He basically has Dynamo run multiple Dynamo definitions in multiple Revit sessions at any time. It blows my mind so hard that I need alcohol and nicotine to not pass out.

When?

“I am too busy. I have no time. All the deadlines. Bu-hu.” We all have time, we just use it differently. I make Dynamo-time when I’m alone at nights (yes it does sound a bit dirty), or sometimes when my wife is working. I also make Dynamo-time at work, and constantly try out stuff that often breaks. When it works, I make awesome. And catch up all time spent. Usually.

Why?

Because then you decide what happens.

30 years ago design professionals started drawing lines, text and hatched areas on computers instead of paper. Then 10 years ago we began modeling information in 3D databases. But the operations were not vastly different. Draw, move, rotate, copy. From now on we will start programming information. For coding n00bs like myself visual programming software like Dynamo and Grasshopper are perfect introductions. Building designers need to start making our own software to understand how our components interact, how they perform and to feel greater ownership to our own processes as designers.

To finalize, some images of our latest work at Snøhetta. Facade components beautifully placed according to inner facade mullion and framing placement, and randomized with 4 different sizes, 4 materials, approximately 50 % flipped and “some” of the flipped panels sandblasted. Totally 64 different types. Plus the cut corners, of course. All Dynamo and Adaptive Components.

Fully Clothed

Fully Clothed


Half Naked

Half Naked


Nude

Nude


Close Up

Close Up

 

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Revit Technology Conference

Jay, Martijn and me at RTCEUR 2014 in Dublin

Jay, Martijn and me at RTCEUR 2014 in Dublin

Revit Technology Conference (RTC) is a series of global events that gather building designers and builders who have a common passion of digital technology and sharing knowledge. The conference is awesome because it attracts awesome people and because it creates a small and intimate setting where these people have fun. That’s it. Gather awesome people, and let them have fun. That’s how you solve any problem.

I have attended and/or spoken at every RTC worldwide since Vancouver in 2013. In Canada I was blown away by the companionship and party style of a technical conference. That’s where I met all my Canadian friends, whom I now hook up with as often as I can. Later that year I learnt how to party like an animal in Delft. Okay, I already knew how to do that, but I had never done it with Jose Fandos before. That’s also where I met Julien Benoit for the first time. On the train ride home that Sunday morning, haunted by the party animal, Julien told me to learn Dynamo. Best. Advice. Ever.

In 2014 I did a hat trick speaking in Melbourne, Chicago and Dublin totaling some 11 hours on stage presenting and labbing. That year climaxed with the before-mentioned Monseigneur Benoit and me co-hosting a double Dynamo lab. And finally this year I did the third and single best presentations in Australia’s Gold Coast, both on Dynamo.

I have learnt so much, laughed so hard and met so many extraordinary people during these two years.

Today, on Thursday July 23rd 2015, in Washington DC, the first RTC since Auckland, New Zealand, kicks off without me in it. If you are there, appreciate it. If you are passionate about digital technology in building design this is the best place to meet your tribe.

I miss mine.

Andreas, Julien and me at RTCEUR 2014 in Dublin

Andreas, Julien and me at RTCEUR 2014 in Dublin