GSAPP Imaging/Imagining the City

GEO Location

Johannesburg: Lat: -26.20423 Lon:28.04685


GSAPP GIS Drive and Johannesburg Data:

There is currently data of Johannesburg on the X: Drive. You can access the server from any lab or studio computer in Avery or Fayerweather.

The X: Drive will show up in My Computer > Network Locations. Once you are in the server, you can navigate to the folder titled International > Africa > South_Africa > Johannesburg.

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Tutorial 2

Tutorial from Sep 15th 2014 in FayerWether 202. Covers Animation, Proximity, Attractors…


Tutorial 1

This tutorial is an introduction to the basics of parametric modeling , using Rhinos Grasshopper and various data sources.

This first intro touches on the basics of Grasshopper and then gets into the fundamentals of mapping data.

For demonstration purposes , the tutorial makes use of data from online sources (in this case South Africa) as well as GIS data that you will have access to on your school servers. The GIS data can only be read in ArcGIS and so you will need access to a computer that has this software installed.

You will not need access to GIS data on the servers, as data is included amongst the files provided.

These initial videos were recorded with an audience, so there may be intermittent Q&A sessions.

Video 1  – part1 – introduces the basics of point/vertex data in 3-dimensional space.

Video 1  – part2 – Scraping data from online sources ( and mapping the data in GH.

Video 1  – part3 – Extracting data from Raster images like JPG maps and GIS data

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