A 3d zoetrope is the three-dimensional version of a flip book: 3d printed objects are mechanically animated through rotational movement and strobe light. We will use this technology in our seminar to showcase the topological and geometrical range of parametric design within a mechanically animated model. We will design and build a 3D zoetrope and exhibit it at the Luminale 2016 in Frankfurt. Furthermore participants are invited to critically reflect on the potentials and limitation of parametric and computational design in architecture through short presentations.