Having developed in the Revit API for several years now and hearing a lot recently about Dynamo (like at last year's AU), I thought I'd take an opportunity to dive into it. For some time I was involved in creating tutorials for users of Digital Project so I thought I would return to an example from that world.

A friend who was here at Gehry Technologies developed one example that gave users new to parametric modeling a good taste for the basics. I thought, "What a good opportunity to replicate this example in Dynamo." It comes from a bridge designed by WilkinsEyre Architects for the Royal Ballet School in London. If you are interested the original Floral Street tutorial in Digital Project it is located at the GTWiki here.

The video below includes the creation of a couple Adaptive Revit families representing both the frame and the infill material between each frame. Then I added to one of the examples provided in the Dynamo install for placing Revit Adaptive Families. All in all, it was a good exercise in understanding the potential of Dynamo and how workflows may differ from coding in the Revit API.

Here are the files from the video above:



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Comment by Matt Jezyk on February 28, 2014 at 9:30am

great video Nuri, note the ref point will update it's position on the spline if you have "run automatically" set in dynamo

Comment by Nuri Miller on February 28, 2014 at 1:51pm

Thanks Matt. Yes, good point about the "run automatically" option. I guess I was just trying to point out that the adaptive points are not hosted on the splines and won't get updated through Revit without Dynamo. You are right about having Dynamo make the incremental updates. There's some lag but it's manageable for a smaller model such as this. Here's a test:

Comment by Zach Kron on March 2, 2014 at 10:14pm

Hi Nuri, 

Thanks so much for showing this, great to see the tool getting tested out by folks at GT.  

Another option for getting the frames to update to spline changes is by using the Adaptive Component by Parameter on Curve node.  This one will actually host the elements on the spline.


Comment by Nuri Miller on March 3, 2014 at 12:41pm

Hi Zach. Yes, I think I looked at that option briefly in the past. Thanks for your feedback. We're always considering a diverse set of tools at GT. The work you all have been doing with Dynamo is exciting.


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