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10.14.2017 GIS in Grasshopper


Oct 14, 2017 10AM-4PM


308 E 9th St, Unit 503
Los Angeles, California 90015



Hardware requirements

Laptop running Windows

*see below for Mac users

Software requirements

Rhino 5 ver.SR3 or newer
(free trial version)
Grasshopper 1
(available free)

Recommended for

Some Grasshopper Knowledge


Jason King
Biayna Bogosian

*The specific plugins used in this workshop will not run on the beta version of Grasshopper for Mac. If you are a Mac user and would like to join, consider installing Windows on your machine via Boot Camp.

GIS in Grasshopper

Geographic information systems (GIS) allows us to visualize, generate, and analyze geotagged data in order to better understand relationships, patterns, and trends in the natural and built environment. Advancements in GIS technologies have influenced almost every imaginable discipline in the past three decades. The fields of architecture, urban design and urban planning are amongst the fields that have been drastically influenced by the application of GIS technologies and thinking.

This one-day workshop introduces the GIS to Grasshopper workflow to the participants. Through the introduction of series of plugins such as Meerkat GIS, Elk, and Mosquito, we will understand how various types of GIS data can be accessed and utilized in Grasshopper.

Topics Covered

  • What is GIS?
  • What are GIS data types.
  • Where to look for GIS data.
  • How to export vector data from QGIS.
  • What are projection planes.
  • How to work with Meerkat.
  • How to work with Elk.
  • How to work with Mosquito.

About the Instructors

Biayna Bogosian and Jason King are co-founders of Somewhere Something and have over two decades of combined experience in architecture, design technology, and teaching. We strive to make our workshops fun and informative, helping participants integrate new design technologies into their workflows.