• Win a Rhino and VisualARQ educational license with the DTF magazine contest

    DTF Magazine 660

    The Designing The Future magazine (DTF) is searching for the most innovative Diploma Thesis project.

    For that reason DTF has prepared a contest that will award the authors of the best projects in Spain based on the conceptual idea, the process, the software, the originality, the materials and the construction details.

    A VisualARQ educational license and a Rhino educational license will be some of the awards to the best projects. You can have a look at the prizes here.

    Inscription is free but only the students from spanish universities can participate in the contest. The inscription finishes the 6th of February and the results will be announced the 28th of February, during the DTF event in Palacio Cibeles of Madrid.

    Designing The Future is an architectural magazine aimed at students of architecture, architects and art & design lovers, that publishes a collection of the best Diploma Thesis Projects of students of architecture.

    Inscription and contest details, (in Spanish).

  • Residential building in Gdańsk

    Residential building in Gdansk created with Rhino and VisualARQ. Rendered with Maxell render.

    Residential building in Gdansk created with Rhino and VisualARQ. Rendered with Maxell render.

    Today we present a project of a residential building in Gdańsk, Poland, created by Skan studio architecture. The project is a good example of how VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used for the different phases of the design process.

    The project features an apartment building with some commercial areas (shop and offices).

    Andrej Skalany, one of the main architects at Scan studio, explained that he made up a Grasshopper definition with some VisualARQ object components, such as walls, beams, columns and slabs which he used to find the best solution for the building framework. In his definition he created some grid reference lines and placed VisualARQ columns at intersection points. The grid and columns position moved dynamically according to the values given, while trying to find the best structural layout.

    VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

    VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

    Once the optimum values were found, all the Rhino and VisualARQ object components were baked to be further edited in Rhino. Once VisualARQ objects are baked, they become native VisualARQ objects in Rhino, so they keep their parametric properties. The project was further developed in cooperation with PlanWM office, who approved the Grasshopper definition according to the given parameters.

    VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

    VisualARQ Grasshopper Components were used to design the building framework.

    Back in Rhino, some Rhino solids and other geometry were added to the model to finish the conceptual design process.

    All further 2D drawings were created in Rhino. VisualARQ helped to generate and calculate the areas of the building with the Space command.

    Andrej also appreciated the VisualARQ dynamic section tool and the option to hide and display levels with the Level Manager, not only for the ease of use but also to get interesting section views of the project.

    Building sectioned with the Level display parameters,using the VisualARQ Level Manager

    Building sectioned with the Level display parameters,using the VisualARQ Level Manager

    Images provided by Andrzej Skalany.

    Take a look at this project in the VisualARQ Gallery.

    Overview render of the residential building. Rendered with Maxwell render.

    Overview render of the residential building. Rendered with Maxwell render.

  • A Rhino project in the service of peace: the United States Institute of Peace

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: the United States Institute of Peace, by M. Safdie

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: the United States Institute of Peace, by M. Safdie

    VisualARQ presents an architectural design in the service of peace, modelled with Rhino software by M. Safdie: the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.

    The main characteristics of the building are its roof and its two atria. The undulating design of the roof and the light cantilevers evoke a universal symbol for “peace”, the purpose of the institution hosted in the building. Each 23m high atrium is covered by translucent glass panels. The shapes of the metal support are curved but the panels themselves are flat. This design effect has been achieved after a careful calculation of the structures with the appropriate software.

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  • Trick to split a beam in different parts

    There is no command in VisualARQ to split a beam in different parts. However, there is a trick to achieve that using a simple Grasshopper definition with VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

    (You need to have Grasshopper and VisualARQ Grasshopper Components installed).

    Steps:

    1. Type "Grasshopper" in the command line to launch Grasshopper.
    2. Open the "Beam Split.gh" definition from Grasshopper.
    3. Right-click on the Beam Param component to assign the VisualARQ beam to the model you want to split.
    4. Define the number of parts you want to split the beam in.
    5. Bake the Beam component. To do it, right-click on the Beam component and select the "Bake" option. This operation will turn the beam preview into workable beams in VisualARQ.
    6. In Rhino, delete the original beam.

    The definition simply obtains the path curve of the selected beam, breaks it into different segments, and creates new beams with the resulting segments.

    The same definition can be used for VisualARQ walls, curtain walls and railings, replacing the Beam components by the corresponding object type components.

    Beam split post

  • Rhino, Grasshopper and Python manuals in Spanish

    Grasshopper for beginners and intermediate users de archiologics 500 - adolfo Nadal
    Adolfo Nadal, Founder and Principal of archi[o]logics, is a professional with a manifold career in architecture, education, design, and computational geometry.

    Adolfo has been kind enough to share his manuals on Computational Design (in Spanish) on issuu.

    The Rhino, Grasshopper and Python manuals are aimed to begginer and intermediate users:

    Source: Rhino blog.

  • Architecture with Rhino that transforms waste into profits

    A landfill, architecture that transforms waste into profits

    A landfill, architecture that transforms waste into profits. Image: Juliana Vargas

    The project we are presenting today is the graduation project of the young Costa Rican architect Juliana Vargas, who used Rhino and VisualARQ as the main tools to develop it.

    The project focuses on the recovery system of a landfill area and shows how a potentially degraded and marginalized area was transformed into a beneficial area for the community.

    Have a look at Juliana’s project and get to know how Rhino and VisualARQ helped her develop it.

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  • With V-Ray & VisualARQ, appearances are never deceptive

    With V-Ray and the new VisualARQ 1.8, you can add textures to your models

    With V-Ray and the new VisualARQ 1.8, you can add textures to your models. Image: Chaos Group

    We are who we are... and what we look like. This principle applies to many things, from people to food… to architecture! Thanks to 3D software.

    In VisualARQ blog we won’t judge people "appearance", nor your gourmet experience. We are going to talk about how to present an architectural project with the best "appearance", how to get your work look in the best way possible, with the finest textures, lights and volumes, with bright colors, sharp lines and great image quality.

    A plan, elevation or profile view can be very accurate and include all the necessary parameters, but they won’t transmit the potential of the design you've imagined. VisualARQ helps you with 2D and 3D parametric objects and NURBS modeling. However, if you also want the "appearance" of your project to seduce with the maximum realism, try to dress it up with V-Ray for Rhino.

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  • VisualARQ at the SCAD RhinoDay

    Rhino day SCAD
    When: 15-17 January 2015
    Where: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), in Savannah, Georgia. (Map)

    VisualARQ will be present at the SCAD RhinoDay that will take place next 15-17 January at the SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), in Savannah, Georgia.
    There will be a live demo and one day workshop to learn the complete features of VisualARQ.

    Conferences

    The event will bring together Rhino users, professors, students and software developers who will talk about their professional fields and how they use 3-D modeling and design in real life projects... From marine design, to product and furniture developing, set designs and artful architecture. Bob McNeel (Rhino), Rick Smith (RhinoBIM), Daniel Piker (Kangaroo) will be some of the presenters.

    Early-bird registration fee for all the conferences (January 16-17th) is US$100.00. This is a special price valid until December 14th [ Regular price US $145.00 ].

    Both, student and faculty members will receive a Rhino 5 educational license for commercial use, that has a list price of US $195.00

    Workshops

    VisualARQ workshop and other workshops will take place on 15th January 2015 at SCAD. The cost of each workshop is US $100.00.

    Visit these pages and find out about the RhinoDAY event:

    The RhinoDAY event is open to the general public. Register now! Space is limited.

    For more information, please contact Jackie Nasser (jackie@mcneel.com), or call: 305 513 4445

  • An architectural fish with a touch of Rhino

    At VisualARQ we believed we had enough with a single animal (Rhino) but, on the shores of South Korea, we discovered the wonders of the oceans and added a fish to our collection. We don’t know if it's a whale, a dolphin or a species yet to be discovered. What we know for sure is that it is an architectural fish. The evidence? It’s a Rhino design and it has gills. Check it out yourself.

    Animations are rendered by soma/isochrom

    We are talking about the work by the Austrian soma architecture firm. Although this beautiful country has no sea, the team members Stefan Rutzinger, Kristina Schinegger, Martin Oberascher and Günther Weber managed to capture the essence of a sea creature with their Yeosu Pavilion.

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  • VisualARQ 1.8.3 available

    1.8.3 VisualARQ Plan view
    VisualARQ 1.8.3 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.8.3. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    Download it!

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.8.3
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

    What’s new in 1.8.3

    This new service release fixes all known bugs and adds the Czech translation for user interface and templates.

    See the complete list in What's new.

    Thanks!

    The VisualARQ team would like to thank the following users who helped us detect the bugs fixed in this service release: Jan S. (Czech translation), Ricardo B., Simon C., Ulrich G., Vianney G., Lucas M., Kenneth N., Toni Ö., Dave P., Andrzej S. and Petr T.