• VisualARQ at the Shape To Fabrication and Grasshopper User meeting 2016, London

    Shape To Fabrication
    April 19-20, 2016
    Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

    "VisualARQ 2.0: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" will be presented at the Shape To Fabrication conference 2016 in London. The presentation will focus on the BIM features VisualARQ provides to Rhino and a sneak preview of some of the new features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version.

    This event has a focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction and applications in architecture, engineering and design. This years speakers are shaping the future, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

    Discover the latest avant-garde projects from an international panel of presenters:


    Details and registration...

    Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting
    Monday, April 18, 2016
    15:00 - 19:00
    Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

    Simply Rhino UK is pleased to be hosting another Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting in London. This meeting will take place the day before the Shape To Fabrication 2016, at the same location.

    Francesc Salla, the VisualARQ product Manager will show the different Grasshopper tools for VisualARQ, including the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components and a sneak preview of the new integration of VisualARQ 2.0 with Grasshopper.

    The Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting is free to attend but you must register here!

  • VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: new roof features

    VisualARQ 2.0 will come with plenty of enhancements regarding the Roof command.

    In this sneak preview video you can see some of these new features:

    New insert dialog

    The roof object will have an insert dialog, like the rest of VisualARQ objects, from which you will be able to choose some insert parameters such as the roof type (hip, gable or shed), the cut edge type, or the slope angle.

    Inserting it will be easy like drawing a rectangle (or like inserting slabs), including the option to pick 3 points from the command line. The roof ridge will be automatically aligned with the longest side.

    The option to create roofs from boundary curves will be still available.

    Multilayer roof styles

    Roofs will be composed of slabs. This means that the roof styles will take one of the existing slab styles in the document and therefore they will be multilayer. It will be possible to create new roof styles by editing an existing slab style or creating new slab styles from a shortcut button.

    Roof intersections

    When two roofs touch each other, the intersection between them will be automatically calculated. This interopearability will provide many new roof combinations and new designs that could not be done before.

    Roofs from surfaces

    Finally, it will be possible to create roofs from surfaces, no matter how complex they are. This operation will apply an offset to that surface according to the roof style thickness and will convert the resulting object into a roof.

  • GIS Bucharest 2016

    GIS Bucharest 2016 website

    GIS Bucharest 2016
    International Architecture Expo Conference
    22-23th March 2016
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest

    GIS- the most important interior architecture forum in Eastern Europe is organized in Bucharest on 22-23 March 2016, with the participation of architects from 15 countries and of the European Council of Interior Architects, at Radisson Blu Hotel.

    GIS brings up for debate the role of architecture and interior design in improving the quality of life and the way in which this can influence social and cultural environments and also learning and working environments.

    Romsym Data, Rhino resellers in Romania, will be at the booth A7 during the two days of the event showing Rhino and VisualARQ to anyone interested.

    More information and registration details...

  • VisualARQ at the Rhino days in Rome 2016

    Rhinoday Roma plugins

    Rhino days Rome 2016

    When: 18-19th March 2016
    Where: University of Arkansas Rome Center. Palazzo Taverna, Via di Monte Giordano, 36. Roma

    Arkansas univerity Rome
    The University of Arkansas Rome Center, in collaboration with McNeel Europe, organizes a two days workshop and conferences to present the most updated tools for architects and designers in the field of 3D digital modeling, parametric design, energy and environtment analysis, digital fabrication and BIM (VisualARQ)


    Friday, 18 March from 2 pm to 7pm there will be a private workshop for the UARC students.

    Satruday, 19th March, from 9.30 am to 6pm the sessions will be open to public:

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  • New Rhino & Grasshopper book includes VisualARQ exercises

    Grasshopper para Rhino e Impresion 3D

    "Grasshopper para Rhinoceros e Impresión 3D"

    This new book shows how to design new parameteric shapes using the power of algorithmic modeling in Grasshopper, through 50 guided exercises, including examples of VisualARQ and Weaverbird.

    There is also a chapter for 3D printing.

    The authors are Sergio Gómez González and Jordi Torner Ribé, (both professors at the UPC, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).

    The book is already available in Spanish.


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  • VisualARQ at the BIM World 2016 in Paris

    BIM World Paris 2016
    Rhinoforyou 200BIM World 2016, Paris.

    6th April 2016. 9am to 7pm
    7th April 2016. 9am to 6pm

    Espace Grande Arche - Paris La Défense

    Rhinoforyou, will be present at the BIM World 2016 congress in Paris, the 6th and 7 April (booth 124) and will show the new VisualARQ 2.0 version, including the new integration with Grasshopper and the latest enhancements on the IFC Import / Export features.

    Details and registration...

  • Pauhu Pavilion – Tampere Architecture Week 2015

    Pauhu Pavilion 2

    The Pauhu pavilion was completely designed with Rhino and Grasshopper and VisualARQ was used for the fast creation of the construction drawings.

    Project coordinator: Henri Käpynen
    Architectural design: Toni Österlund, Lisa Voigtländer
    Client: Tampere Architecture Week
    Location: Tampere, Finland
    Year completed: 2015

    Section drawings created with VisualARQ

    Section drawings created with VisualARQ

    See more pictures of the Pauhu pavilion here.

    From Pauhu Press Release:

    "Pauhu pavilion was realized as a voluntary project as a part of Tampere Architecture Week, in Finland, bringing together architecture and design students and professionals in addition to a number of different sponsors. Tampere Architecture Week is an annual event about architecture and urban planning, intended to add interest and discussion about the built environment. The theme in 2015 – interaction – aimed to increase the possibilities for interaction between citizens themselves and between architects and citizens.

    Functioning as an open stage for free expression and performance, Pauhu pavilion aims to highlight interaction as one of the most crucial subjects in our ever more privatised and secluded cities. The name “Pauhu” refers to the distant roar generated by the Tampere rapids, by the city around the pavilion, as well as by the artists and presenters the pavilion is hosting. The interlace of public, private and communal interests was essential and absolutely crucial in making Pauhu possible.

    Along with its intended use as an active open-stage for public debates and performances Pauhu aims to promote forward looking thinking in architecture focusing on the innovative use of wood. The construction process fuses conventional and tested building methods with state-of-art digital design and fabrication processes. The pavilion was designed using algorithm-aided design methods as a detailed and accurate parametric 3D-model, from which all construction information and fabrication data was derived from.

    The inner smooth form of the pavilion is inspired by the flowing waves of the rapids, as well as the intricate plywood sculptures by the legendary Finnish sculptor Tapio Wirkkala. The smooth interior is seemingly carved out of a solid block of rough wood, which is emphasized by the contrasting colour tones. The interior is generated as a ruled surface by a rotation of plywood strips along the width of the pavilion, and while it appears to be doubly curved, the strips are all flat, un-bent and rectangular in shape. The plywood strips are connected to notches on an array of CNC-milled supporting arches. The heights of the individual strips vary according to their overlap, which allows for the optimization of material usage The resulting expressive shape forms an eye-catching frame and a backdrop for the presenter, while being a simple structural implementation using minimal amount of CNC-milling.

    The outside of the pavilion is clad with a three-dimensional wood texture. The structured panelling is a new product innovation by Jukola Industries, called Grafwood. The texture invites passers-by to touch and feel the unusual material. The appearance light and shadows on the dark façade lives with the rhythm of the day and weather conditions.

    The construction of the pavilion took eight days from a group of architecture students, and it was built off-site and brought to location on a truck. The pavilion is a temporary construction, scheduled to remain in its location until the end of 2016 as part of the city’s project to liven up one of the central streets of Tampere".

  • VisualARQ in the Grasshopper Workshop in Madrid

    IAM Grasshopper workshop 2016

    Instituto de Arquitectura Madrid (ETSAM | UPM) is organizing a new Grasshopper workshop:

    PVA / Programación visual aplicada a proyectos. Grasshopper, nivel Básico/Intermedio

    This 20 hours workshop (recognized as 2 ECTS credits) will be led by instructor Sergio del Castillo Tello and will begin at the end of February 2016 (date to be defined).

    Training days: Thursdays and Fridays from 16pm to 18pm.

    You will learn the basics of visual programming and how to export some components to Revit created with the help of VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

    To register send a message to iamadrid.arquitectura@upm.es with your full name, NIF, e-mail and telephone number or click in the link below:

    Details and registration (in Spanish)

  • VisualARQ workshop at the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

    VisualARQ at the BIM EUROPEAN SUMMIT 2016

    BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

    VisualARQ Workshop

    • When: 19th February 2016, 5pm-6pm.
    • Where: Room A4

    VisualARQ will participate in the second edition of the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016 that will take place next 18th and 19th February at the World Trade Center, in Barcelona.

    Francesc Salla, VisualARQ product manager, will present the workshop "VisualARQ: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" to show the advantages of using Rhino and VisualARQ in the BIM and architectural design process.

    The summit will present the most interesting experiences and the latest advances within this new working method, based on managing the information generated throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. A method worth knowing and dominating as a process aimed at improving quality, efficiency and effectiveness in any project, edification or civil work.

    Registration and details here.

  • VisualARQ to Revit via Flux.io

    VisualARQ to Revit via Fluxio

    VisualARQ 1.9.4 includes features which expand the already stable IFC import / export capabilities of the program.  This means that through VisualARQ, you can import an IFC file into Rhinoceros generated in other BIM software such as ArchiCAD, or Revit, or export VisualARQ and Rhinoceros objects to programs which import IFC.  But are there any other options for interoperability between BIM programs?

    In the Rhinoceros / Grasshopper Ecosystem, there are several third-party options for ‘real -time’ interoperability with Revit including Lyrebird, Hummingbird, and Grevit. These systems allow for the creation of a workflow pipeline whereas the changes made to a model in Rhinoceros / Grasshopper are reflected in Revit in near real-time, essentially automating the file export / import process.

    Recently we’ve been watching the developments over at Flux.io, a startup born out of Google[x] with ambitions to become the defacto way we exchange building information data.  Flux.io began as a sort of ‘smart city’ web platform, facilitating collaboration between stakeholders of urban projects.  Now we find a different objective, focused on data exchange and collaboration. Flux.io offers data exchange plugins for Grasshopper, Excel, and Dynamo. The idea is that you can push or pull data to the Flux.io cloud, your new repository for design related data. With this workflow, you could design freeform building elements with VisualARQ and Grasshopper, send this information to the Flux.io repository, and pull it to Revit via Dynamo. Let’s take a look at how to do this:

    View the VisualARQ to Revit via Flux.io Tutorial