• Architecture plays with nature in the Leaf House

    A Rhino design: Leaf House in Sydney

    A Rhino design: Leaf House in Sydney. Author: Hugh Rutherford

    The Leaf House project by Undercurrent architects is a Rhino project which converts static into dynamic, integrates the artificial into nature and converts the outside into the inside.

    When thinking of Australia, open spaces come to mind. This house in the North of Sydney, next to sheer cliffs, evokes this kind of spaces. It is located in the garden of a private house and it is much more than a leisure pavilion outside the main building.

    We speak of dynamism because the house provides unique perspectives from each viewpoint, it is irregular and fluid. Its surfaces and materials set it far apart from the preconceived idea that we can have of a building.

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  • Technology and architecture: We talked to Barcelona Toyo Ito studio

    Hotel Porta  Fira and Torre Realia (Barcelona)

    Toyo Ito in Spain: Hotel Porta Fira and Torre Realia. Author: Jordiferrer

    Great architects are always alive through their work and their presence is permanent among us. If, in addition, they are contemporary to us, they attract our attention with each new building they create. In some exceptional cases, their work makes them worthy of distinctions that place them in the media headlines.

    In March 2014, Toyo Ito name hit the headlines again: just a year after winning the Pritzker Prize, this architect was awarded the Medal in Architecture by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia.

    Of course, these weren’t the first awards he received throughout his long career, which began in 1971, when Toyo Ito opened his own studio. Specifically, the Thomas Jefferson Medal honors the uniqueness in some of the fields in which the versatile third President of the United States stood out: Architecture, Law and Leadership.

    This year, the Foundation has highlighted the "commitment to the public good", something familiar to Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, which not only exhibits the work of the architect, but also houses workshops for young architects.

    We at VisualARQ find the title of one of Toyo Ito essays particularly significant: Algorithms Are Nothing More Than an Opportunity to Create Architecture that Respires.

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  • Grasshopper UK meeting and Shape to Fabrication 2014

    GH UK meeting 2014

    Grasshopper UK user meeting

    Bartlett school of architecture, London (UK)
    8th April 2014

    Just the day before the Shape to Fabrication 2014 "The game changers", a Grasshopper UK user meeting will take place at the Bartlett school of architecture. From 1pm to 7pm there will be presentations from Grasshopper plugin developers and power users.
    Francesc Salla (AsuniCAD) will be present to show the new WIP3 version of the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components plug-in to anyone interested.

    shape to fabrication 2014

    Shape to Fabrication 2014, "The game changers"

    Stratford Circus, London (UK)
    9th and 10th April 2014

    The Shape To Fabrication conference has a focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction and applications in architecture, engineering and design. This year's speakers are shaping the future, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

    Presenters / Projects include:

    Marc Fornes - Marc will be presenting on Visualisation in parametric design and moderating our Visionary Design Concepts panel; Cobus Bothma from KPF will present the Abu Dhabi International Airport; Neil Hubbard from Heatherwick Studios will present Zeitz MOCAA; Bruce Davison from Amanda Levete Architects will present Participative Simulation.

    The international panel of presenters, also includes: Zaha Hadid Architects; Populous; Speedo International; Asif Khan Studios + iart + AKTII.

    Francesc Salla (Asuni CAD) will be also present to show the incoming VisualARQ 1.8 version to anyone interested.

    Full schedule including information on all speakers is available at www.shapetofabrication.com/conference

  • Hallucinating with NURBS

    You decide to take a break from work or study. A break from drawings, calculations and projects. You are overwhelmed or bored or tired. You decide to watch a movie, you choose one with good reviews. If that script won the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, it must be interesting. You like the director, the actors are popular and everything looks ok. It cannot fail you in your evasion from the worktable. Suddenly, in the middle of the movie, you start worrying. You are worse than you thought. You are seeing NURBS surfaces everywhere, surrounding the characters. Maybe you do not need a movie but a rest home.

    Her (2013) movie by Spike Jonze (scenes inside the ZeBar designed by 3GATTI) from 3GATTI on Vimeo.

    After a while, NURBS curves are gone. The story goes back to normality. Actually, the story is not so normal, but you find it plausible. After all, you are in love with your mobile.

    Take it easy. It wasn't a hallucination. Director Spike Jonze chose the Shanghai Zebar for the Her scene in which Joaquim Phoenix meets Olivia Wilde (yes, she starred in Dr. House). And if there is anything that characterizes the Zebar, these are its walls (walls?) in the form of ribs, which also remind of a zebra. Zebar.

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  • VisualARQ at the 10th RhinoDay Italy


    • 11 and 12 April, 2014
    • Università degli Studi di Padova (via Venezia 1)

    For the third year in a row, VisualARQ will be at the Italian Rhino user meeting in Padova.
    The 10th Rhino User meeting is organized by the Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale and sponsored by ZEN's s.r.l.

    Francesc Salla (AsuniCAD) will show the new features of the incoming VisualARQ 1.8 version, and the new VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP 3.

    The presentation will take place on Saturday April 12th, at 15.45h.

    Apart from the live user presentations, Steve Baer, Giulio Piacentino and Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel) will show the latest news on RhinoPython, Grasshopper and Rhino, respectively.

    Registration and workshops are free, but places are limited. To register, please contact Eng. Vittorio Carlotto.


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  • A joyful and cozy school, thanks to its architecture

    Architectural design of the G. Valbon school in Bobigny

    Architectural design of the G. Valbon school in Bobigny © Florian Kleinefenn

    At present, the most important efforts in architectural design are focused on large facilities, i.e. museums, sports stadiums, malls, office skyscrapers, etc. The basis of our progress will not come from these buildings, but from a more basic kind of building, our society cornerstone: universities and schools.

    Bobigny, a city in the metropolitan area of Paris, is a working and administrative town. After the end of World War II, and until the early 60s, it experienced a dramatic increase in population, which led to the construction of many houses, often humble ones. The city has a long history in the struggle for the basic rights of its inhabitants. In 1955, a set of social housing, officially called "Star City", was built. Its other name was "Emmaus City", from the name of the popular social organization which had commissioned its construction to the architects Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic and Woods Shadrash.

    During the following years, the city continued to grow and to pay special attention to the urbanism inspired by Le Corbusier, trying to create a "harmonious and liveable" city that offered accommodation, cultural and social facilities and roads in a balanced way.

    In this historical and social context, the construction of a building that would bring together a nursery, a primary school, a playroom, a sports area and a leisure centre was commissioned.

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  • VisualARQ at Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2014

    Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2014

    Bardins will present VisualARQ at the Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2014, in Poland.

    The VisualARQ polish dealers will present the latest news and products from their partners and attendees will be able to see most of their products and talk with their staff! Demonstrations, videos and much more will be held during these days:

    You can find Bardins on booth 9-10, room B, Szczecin ul. Cukrowa 12, budynek Service Inter - Lab.
    27 – 28 March 2014, from 10.00 to 17.00.

    A special presentation will be available for:

    • Rhinoceros 5 from McNeel Photomodeler
    • Scanner 2014 from EOS Systems
    • KeyShot 4 from Luxion

    Bardins will show also the following products: Strata 3D, V-ray, Maxwell Render, HDR Light Studio, Thea Render, Orca 3D, RhinoGold, madCAM, VisualARQ, Vue xStream, Resolume and ZBrush.

    Event's information.
    Bardins contact.

  • Building the third dimension at the university

    Pavilion dome. SUTD, Singapore University of Technology and Design

    Pavilion dome. SUTD, Singapore University of Technology and Design. © Philipp Aldrup

    Students searching for a third dimension are neither quantum physics students nor daydreamers. They rather want to find a place that acts as a bridge between the academic dimension, their classrooms and their rooms at home. A place where to meet, chat, relax, connect to the Internet, attend a conference or a university event. A recent proposal by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) freshmen students has triggered the construction of such a place.

    The SUTD City Form Lab has fulfilled the students request. We at VisualARQ specially appreciate the collaboration of this organization with the MIT School of Architecture and Planning to study urban life. Their tagline is "Better Design through Research”. With this aim, they are developing software which collects data that will be then analyzed to discover how the physical design of urban infrastructure influences our life and how we perform our economic or leisure activities.

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  • 15 advantages of using BIM


    VisualARQ and BIM have a long way to go because the Building Information Modelling still hasn’t been fully implemented. The advantages of this relationship are many and have various implications, as we will see. For the time being, UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand and South Korea take the lead.

    The recent initiative of the European Parliament requesting the use of BIM in public tenders will have great relevance in extending it widely.

    The disparity in knowledge of Building Information Modeling implies that it still not possible to have a study covering all the countries. However, there are already some reports which collect large samples that allow us to see how the most advanced countries are defining the benefits they get from the use of BIM.

    For instance, at the end of the 2013, McGraw Hill conducted a study that has just been published, with the data collected in 10 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. The largest number of participating companies belonged to USA.

    We will present some of the findings taking into account the overall results since, on a country basis, the specific weight that each of the countries represent may vary considerably. In future publications, we will analyze the different perspectives of a general contractor and a trade contractor since, despite using the same system, they assign different values to each feature.

    In quantitative terms, the results cannot be extrapolated to the non-surveyed countries since, for example, in Spain the use of BIM is much lower. We will then analyze the qualitative aspect, the specific advantages implied for the users of this system.

    What are the most globally valued advantages?

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  • Rhino projects: a smog-eating façade

    A façade designed with Rhino reduces the pollution produced by 1,000 vehicles per day.

    Façade of the Hospital Manuel Gea González in Mexico

    Façade of the Gea González Hospital Manuel in Mexico (© Elegant Embellishments)

    The most advanced projects in architecture are environmentally sustainable. In the construction phase, the most environmental respectful materials and processes are chosen. Authors create buildings that reduce energy consumption and fit with the surroundings.

    VisualARQ and Rhino have an important role in the design of buildings and, when combined with the right materials, they become an important factor in the improvement of the environment. The following initiative from Mexico has succeeded in reducing air pollution.

    The metropolitan area of Mexico City has more than 8 million inhabitants. Pollution levels used to be very high in the past, however, they have been successfully reduced over the last years. In 1992, there were only 9 days in which the air quality was excellent. Thanks to several measures, 2012 registered 248 days of good air quality. This is still not enough, though. In order to reduce carbon emissions, traffic is forbidden on specific days. However, since the public vehicle fleet is old, these measures are proving insufficient and environmental alarms often go off.

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