NEWS: Graphisoft goes live with Grasshopper – ArchiCAD link

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‘Live Connection’ will link graphical generative algorithmic design to Building Information Modelling

Following a 6-month public beta phase involving over a thousand architects and designers worldwide, Graphisoft has released its ‘intelligent’ Grasshopper–ArchiCAD Live Connection. The bi-directional “live” link allows users of the Rhino-based generative algorithms design tool Grasshopper to connect to ArchiCAD with a view to filling a gap in the design process between early stage design and BIM.

Graphisoft says ‘Live Connection’ offers tools beyond bi-directional geometry transfer, as it allows basic geometrical shapes to be translated into full BIM elements while maintaining algorithmic editing functionality.

“Algorithmic design represents a global trend in architecture,” says Robert McNeel, CEO, McNeel & Associates. “Using this new, real-time connection, architects can unleash their creativity and create forms and shapes that otherwise would be nearly impossible. Rhino and Grasshopper are the best tools on the market for these tasks.”

“The Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection offers a unique design workflow, helping to explore a large number of design variations, and create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files,” said Peter Temesvari, director of product management, Graphisoft. “This connection offers users the best of both worlds, by pairing a leading BIM tool with the industry’s leading algorithmic design tool. The result is a smooth, professional workflow.”

To learn more about Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection read our preview.

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