Wednesday, 29 April 2015

4-dimensional modeling. On how to bridge the gap between geometrics and information.

Mosquito - Media 4 Grasshopper

Download and fool around!

Mosquito is a plugin suite developed for Rhino and Grasshopper. The plugin allows us to tap into social , financial and popular media. Extracting location, profiles, images and messages from Facebook,Twitter, Topsy etc….
As architects part of our responsibility is the consideration of the public realm. Today however , people tend to hang in the digital equivalent, namely, social media space. While this space becomes ever more permanent, the physical realm is fleeting, an evanescent space.
With mobile tech at our disposal, both digital and physical are the same space. They intersect, and at this point new potential exists. Whether you agree or not with nature of social media, it is important to remain critical from both sides.
We are utilizing the tools in this component suite to bridge the gap between geometrics and information. Driving geometry with data and vice-versa. The ability to extract user Geo-coordinates, language, thoughts, profile and image enables architects to paint a picture. It is this  4-dimensional picture, which we refer to as “spatial condition”, that allows us to explore what happened yesterday, now and hypothesize about tomorrow. True 4-dimensional modeling.


The Flickr component allows you to search for photos and images based on Geo-Location, description, date, tags and user.

Search: Input the word you wish to search for.
Return: How many results you would like to get. 250 Max
StartDate: The oldest date you want to search from.
EndDate: The date you want to search up to.
Latitude: The Lat of your search center (Use our Location component to help you get the Lat and Lon)
Longitude: The Lon of your search center (Use our Location component to help you get the Lat and Lon)
Radius: The search radius you would like to perform , between 0km and 30km.
Units: What is the unit of measurement for you search radius.
hasGeo: Should the component only return results with Geo-Coordinates?
Tags: Should the search criteria pertain only to Tags, ignoring description of the image?




This component allows us to download images from a URL list and save them to a directory on our hard drives. This component is meant to be used with the Flickr and Twitter component.

ImageURL: The list of image http url you want to download.
Name: The name that should be given to the file.
Directory: The directory in which to save the image.
Reload: If toggled the images will be downloaded.


Google Directions


This plugin allows you to enter a start and end location by name and it will use Googles direction server to return the appropriate routes to drive, walk or bicycle.
It will also return the time and distance of a particular route.


The step plugin will read the “Steps” output from the Directions component and give you the details from point to point for each leg of a journey.


Sonic Location


A reverse GeoCoding plugin that allows you to enter an address and it will return the closest locations it finds along with the Points of those locations.


Google Maps

Center: The center specifies the center of the map in your Rhino space.
Location: Use the “Location” plugin to get the location point for the map, or create your own point using Lon and Lat coordinates.
Zoom: The zoom value of GoogleMaps
Scale: The size of the map tiles in Rhino.
Tiles: The number of tiles increases the extent of the map.
RealS: This is not accurate yet, please use wisely. It will in the future scale the map to RealWorld scale relative to Lon Lat dimensions.
Load: You need to turn this on and then off to reload the map, DO NOT LEAVE THIS ON TRUE or rhino will crash if you change the inputs too quickly.


Google Stock Market


Insert the Market and the Index or company you wish to search and you should get the stock market values back in realtime.


Twitter + TwitterUser


These two components allow you to extract live data and data going back roughly 4 weeks from Twitters API.
When used together the plugins can be very powerful, allowing you to track users, plot Geo-Coordinates and extract narrow your search. You can also extract follow IDs and compare them to other users.

Limits and Rules:
  • You can only query Facebook 150 times per hour with each component. If you exceed this the component will turn Red!
  • TwitterSearch: You can only search for 100 results at a time.
  • TwitterUser: You can only search for 100 users at a time.
  • TwitterUser: Maximum number of follower IDs is 5000.
  • Search Syntax is described below , please follow the link.

Query Syntax
First go to this URL to understand how to search for phrases:
Here you will find a list of examples such as:
“happy hour” = will search for tweets containing the exact phrase “happy hour”
love OR hate = will search for tweets containing either “love” or “hate” (or both)



Topsy is an amazing search engine. It allow us to tap into the past. Whats more impressive, is that it allows us to search multiple forms of media in one go. Facebook, NYTimes, Twitter , YouTube etc…. the list goes on.

Limits and Rules:
  • You can only get maximum 100 returns per page.
  • Use the paging input to page through thousands of results.
  • The date must be in the format below, and is the date you want to search from, back in time.
  • The syntax used in the Search input is described below.



The Facebook component is very basic and allows you to extract posts, video and web links. Additionally it will also get the date, type and author of the post.
Limits and Rules:
  • Returns only 500 at a time.