• VisualARQ presentation at the Grasshopper UK user meeting

    The new Mexico City Airport by Foster and Partners

    The new Mexico City Airport by Foster and Partners

    Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting

    • Date: Wednesday November 23rd 2016
    • Time: 18:30 - 20:30
    • Location: Foster & Partners, Riverside, 22 Hester Road, London, SW11 4AN (Directions)

    Foster & Partners will host this Grasshopper UK meeting next Wednesday november 23th 2016. The Applied Research + Development group at Foster + Partners will showcase how Grasshopper and computational methods have been used in development of The new Mexico City Airport project.

    Besides other presentations, Francesc Salla from Asuni, will show the different Grasshopper tools for VisualARQ, including the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components and how to generate VisualARQ objects from Grasshopper definitions, new feature of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version.

     

    How to join:

    The Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting is free to attend but you MUST register via this form.

    Email Confirmation will follow by 16th November as places are limited.

  • VisualARQ in Algomad 2016 workshops

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    Algomad 2016
    November 3-5, 2016
    IE School of Architecture and Design
    C/ Serrano 105 - Madrid (Spain)

    Algomad computational BIM workshops and conference will take place in Madrid (IE School of Architecture and Design) from November 3 to 5.

    Algomad 2016 focuses on demonstrating how compuational BIM has become an oportunity to enhance the way architects, engineers and construction sector professionals are bridging the most advanced tecniques in digital design and construction reality.

    The workshop "Envolventes" ("Envelopes") will count on the participation of Luis Fraguada and Francesc Salla, from the VisualARQ development team, who will teach the use and creation of BIM objects from Grasshopper through the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

    Details (in Spanish)

  • Lands Design Beta released

    Lands Design Beta
    Asuni is pleased to announce the Beta Release of Lands Design for Rhino 3d. The Beta release of Lands marks a milestone for the development of the software, implementing countless user suggestions gathered from the Work In Progress phase of development. Lands is now ready for your feedback! Download the latest release and let us know what you think.

    Here are some of the features:

    Intuitively create landscape designs in 3D and 2D

    • Design with 3D plant species, civil work elements,  terrains and freeform modeling tools
    • Produce 2D documentation: setting out plans, plant schedules, watering systems, and zoning areas.
    • Use the powerful terrain modeling tools. Import GIS data in your model.

    Extensive plant database with over 1800 species!

    • Full plant database with technical specifications and detailed characteristic.
    • Arrange trees, shrubs, and ground covers individually, in rows or in forests.
    • Customize and edit each vegetation species in 2D and in 3D.

    Create stunning renders and virtual tours

    • Just insert plants and render! All Lands plant species have their own specific textures.
    • Create virtual tours with the walk mode and the animation tools.

    Download Lands Design Beta for free...

    Join the Lands Design webinar on 20/10/2016...

  • VisualARQ 2.0 webinar, FlexibleBIM for Rhino

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    Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ, based on the upcoming 2.0 version.

    • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    • 11.00 am PDT / 20.00 pm CEST

    The webinar will show the Flexible BIM features VisualARQ adds to Rhino, including:

    • How  it streamlines workflow + improves architectural design process efficiency within Rhino
    • How to model with 3D parametric architectural objects.
    • How to create the 2D documentation out of the 3D model (Floor plans, sections, elevations, schedule tables, areas, etc.)
    • IFC import and export features
    • Integration with Grasshopper.
    • Upcoming features of VisualARQ 2.0

    The webinar is organized by Novedge, is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

    Details and registration

  • VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: the Furniture object

    The following video shows one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version: the new Furniture object.

    This new object is meant to be used for all the furniture elements in the project design.

    The video shows two ways to create new Furniture object styles:

    1. Using 3D and 2D blocks for the furniture 3D and 2D representation respectively, depending on whether the object is shown in Top viewports with the Cut Plane on or off. A new button has been added in the styles dialog to directly search a block from your PC and load it into the styles dialog. This will be specially useful for those who already have a set of 3D models, such as the Savanna 3D library.
    2. Using a Grasshopper definition, as shown in this video for a Garage Door, or in this Post for the Beam object. This feature will allow having a library of parametric furniture objects that will be editable from the VisualARQ dialogs.

    When a Furniture object is exported to IFC, it takes the category ifcFurnishingElement.

  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, Zurich

    AAG 2016

    AAG Workshops: September 9-11-2106
    AAG Conference: September 11-13-2106
    Location: ETH Hönggerberg - Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse
    8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) is a bi-annual symposium addressing the community of computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers and architects. It aims to connect academia and industry through presentations and discussions of innovation in geometric and computational applications in architecture.

    The fifth edition of this biennial event will take place in Zurich, from Friday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 13.

    The AAG2016 workshops will be offered by leading experts. The AAG workshops are a great opportunity for participants to encounter the latest design and fabrication tools as well as processes in architectural geometry.

    In most of these workshops, participants will be using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.

    The AAG2016 conference will have Lord Norman Foster and Francis Aish, Werner Sobek, Erik Demaine and Urs B. Roth as keynote speakers. Their participation highlights the importance of AAG as a central platform for the exchange of ideas in architecture and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

    Francesc Salla, VisualARQ's product manager, will also attend the conferences to discuss about the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version with anyone interested.

    Registration...

  • RhinoDay 2016 in Brazil

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    Workshops: September 20-22, 2016
    Rhino Day: September 23, 2016
    Time: 8 am to 8 pm
    Location: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - Facultade de Arquitectura e Urbanismo

    VisualARQ presentation: September 23, 15h.
    VisualARQ workshop: September 22, 11h-14h.

    Rede Brasileira de Fabricação Dital (RBFD), VisualARQ resellers in Brazil, and Universidade Mackenzie are pleased to invite you to attend the RhinoDay to be held in São Paulo, Campus Mackenzie. The event aims to show the capacity and features of Rhino 3D software and some plug-ins in various sectors related to design.

    There will be professionals in the field of architecture, industrial design, interior design, jewelry, marine, structural analysis, environmental comfort, advanced geometry, parametrism, 3D printing, digital fabrication, milling machines, robotic arms, digital interactivity, academic, etc.

    A number of experts will be showing their designs and the way they work, explaining in what way the Rhino enters in its creation and / or production process.

    For more infommation please visit the official site or contact Affonso Orciuoli

  • Case study: optimized building footprint with VisualARQ Grasshopper Components

    Thanks to the VisualARQ Grasshopper components, we are seeing VisualARQ used to further research on practical uses for Genetic Algorithms and Analysis in BIM workflows.

    Vlad Vermesan, an architecture student at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU, Norway has completed his thesis related to the development of a methodology of parametric suburban and architectural design utilizing VisualARQ Grasshopper Components, Ladybug, Space Syntax, Clipper and Galapagos. This level of analysis at the early stages of design clearly shows the power of #flexibleBIM enabled by VisualARQ, Rhinoceros 3d, and Grasshopper.

    Vlad explains:

    “My work is about parametric suburban design. I have developed many parametric models where components can be manipulated in order to conduct simulations and various multi-variable optimizations. The generic suburban architectural building, which is at the core of the methodology, gives the sensation and spatial quality of a home in all possible aspects related to form, functionality and comfort. The buildings’ forms, thanks to the parametric design method, are not common and vary depending on the neighborhood, and can be seemingly endlessly individualized.

    While in urban environments intelligent shaping happens often vertically, in suburbs it can happen horizontally, because there is more space, (i.e., distance between buildings). Thus, variation and attractive architecture can be achieved by the intelligent shaping of the building footprint according to local tones, design traditions and functionality, and even optimized according to climate conditions. The process starts with some reasonable assumptions about the size of the functional units and their relationships, in order to obtain a functional and efficient ground floor. The ground floor shape is then used to run more complex simulations on both horizontal and vertical plans incorporating climate conditions.

    Vlad Vermesan Case study VisualARQ

    This is what the case study is about: manipulating the building footprint shape based on intelligent rules in order to maximize/minimize radiation during heating/cooling periods. The parametric building has been generated using VisualARQ Grasshopper Components: walls, windows, slabs and roofs, which provide BIM elements for the final building instead of simple extrusions from the shapes. This ensures credibility to the simulation results.

    My experience is that VisualARQ integrates very well in the parametric environment bringing together spatial elements, topology, environment and optimization. Running optimization scenarios with changing building footprint shapes in 2D and seeing the resulting building in 3D almost instantly thanks to VisualARQ, is really rewarding. You can stop any time, compare different shapes and choose the one which is most appealing, not necessarily the optimum one.

    In this way, the architect can add their unique style to the solutions provided by the parametric model.

    The video shows that one of the solutions offers a concave footprint shape, which opens for an outdoor atrium, (inspired in the “Zeb Pilot House” project of Snøhetta architectural firm) contributing to a homely atmosphere and feeling of comfort.

    Credits: Vlad Vermesan: v.vermesan.no@ieee.org

  • VisualARQ 1.9.5 available

    VisualARQ 1.9.5 is now available for download.

    This new service release fixes a few bugs and adds some new features and changes:

    • More flexibility to import IFC files.
    • VisualARQ Grasshopper Components is no longer a Beta and it is included in the main installer.
    • The "Free" license mode is replaced by a "Viewer" mode that prevents from losing VisualARQ data. (More information...)
    • Help guide updated in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese

    See the complete list in What's new.

    Download it!

    This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.9.5
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.
  • Job offer for VisualARQ and Lands Design users

    Job Offer

    New architectural studio based in Los Angeles (DEC | LA) is looking for VisualARQ and/or Lands Design users to work immediately in new Residential (hillside homes) and Landscape projects.

    For more information, contact Manny Perez:
    mannyengineering@hotmail.com
    8184308545