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.

Basilica Gospe od Otoka in Solin, Croatia

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The stunning design and subsequent construction of the Basilica Gospe od Otoka (Solin, Croatia) can be attributed to Vyonyx Architecture, an architectural design and research office based in the UK, Croatia, and France.

Vyonyx used Rhinoceros and VisualARQ to realise this non-standard design and maintain BIM data throughout the process. VisualARQ objects were especially useful in creating the curved walls of the Basilica, enabling the designers to freely explore window positions and dimensions without needing to reconstruct the model repeatedly, all the while automatically generating the 2D documentation of every iteration.

The project is currently under construction.

See more pictures of this project at the VisualARQ's gallery.

You can see more details at the Vyonyx website.

Images provided by Vladin Petrov - Vyonyx.

Basilica in Solin Interior Model 02

Basilica in Solin Model 01