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Alexander Gogl

Alexander Gogl
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I love formZ for the convenience (and power!) of its tools and interchangeability. I use it for quick design studies in architecture, urban design, furniture design, object design, and exhibition design.

When I started studying architecture in Innsbruck I used to draw with Rhino3D, but changed to formZ when I had the feeling that progress was slowing down with Rhino. I was pleased to get my hands on a software where one can construct and model likewise. I am happy that there was a lot of progress in the development of formZ the last years.

Today I have the impression that I am still the only one who uses formZ at my university. More and more of the other students are using Rhino3D because it has a scripting plugin (grasshopper) that has a good interface and is even for people with no coding experience easy to work with. Also teachers and older students actively promote the use of Rhino and give free trainings.

This makes me kind of sad, because here, nobody really seems to appreciate the quality of formZ as a modeling and construction software capable of a lot of things. Yes, it does come short in terms of scripting, but maybe in the near future scripting will become more user-friendly in formZ too?

I designed the project by extensively using the formZ scripting language of formZ6. I used it to link the geometry of NURBS with a underlying mesh which was derived from the spatial program of the bath, and I also manipulated the geometry of the NURBS by creating an algorithm which transforms the points of the NURBS according to the clearance between the points of the mesh and according to the altitude of those points.

The whole design and visualization was done in FormZ. I later edited the cgis in Photoshop and drew plans in Vectorworks based on the data in the FormZ model. I also built a physical model by slicing the design vertically along the longitudinal axis of the building in formZ and sending it to a laser cutter.

FormZ allowed me to manipulate and evaluate (dynamic sections, multiple cameras) my design very quickly and to exchange my data without minimal friction with other devices or software. It is always splendid to work with formZ. I only wished that the coding interface in formZ was more dynamic and user friendly.

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