• Architecture and sport: a stadium for the new gladiators

    Let's get frivolous.

    It's about time, since our latest analyses of architectural projects focused on plenty of cultural equipments, such as schools, big museums , small museums, public libraries, university pavilions, exhibitions, interviews with architects… Today we bring out our most primitive instincts. Let’s go to football!

    VisualARQ presents the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

    VisualARQ presents the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Image Populous.

    We have to come to terms with the fact that a sporting event brings together more assistants than ever will attend, for example, a library. Sports facilities are enjoyed by thousands of people who tend to visit them on a more regular basis than people who usually go to a library. And they do so in a very different mood from the one arising from a visit to an exhibition or a garden.

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  • How to export a Rhino model to Archicad using IFC

    Do you jump from software to software because you are restless by nature?

    We are sure that this gives you great satisfaction, but also major complications. We won’t try to convince you to settle down and be faithful to one specific program, but at least we are giving you a trick so that your playfulness won’t put you into trouble.

    On our YouTube channel, you will find a new video explaining how to export files from Rhino to Archicad using IFC files.

    Do you have a model containing walls, windows or other objects created with VisualARQ? And polysurfaces in Rhino?

    It’s very easy: each floor information can be exported to an IFC file, which you can then open from Archicad.

    VisualARQ objects will keep their properties. You can edit them or unlock the layers you wish.

    Check the following step-by-step video to see how this works in 3 minutes:

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  • In architecture, small can be very big

    When we at VisualARQ choose an architectural project, we usually opt for the most complex in terms of size, originality, materials or use. It is simple and convenient, since we want to present the wide range of options that Rhino offers –as well as our software- and high caliber constructions are ideal for this.

    However, not only the large architecture firms use VisualARQ, or Rhino in general. The vast majority of architects work in very different conditions. Without huge budgets or possibilities of international publicity.

    Even without those incentives, they must perform works that demonstrate their technical expertise and their creativity talents. They must satisfy the customer, meet deadlines and stay within the budget. And be excellent in their execution.

    VisualARQ, a 3D free-form software, analizes the architectural design of the museum

    VisualARQ, a 3D free-form software, analizes the architectural design of the museum. Vía Brooks+Scarpa

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  • Rhino, VisualARQ and Grasshopper workshops: your summer temptation

    Rhino + VisualARQ for Architecture - July 19-20, by SomewhereSomething

    Take advantage of this training opportunity.

    This summer, in Los Angeles, several courses on Rhino, Grasshopper and VisualARQ will take place. You have two ways to approach this:

    • The first one: you are a very formal and disciplined professional, interested in expanding your knowledge about the world of Rhino and Rhino-related products. There is so much to discover! In four short and intense workshops, you will get to know more about the software that will make your work in architecture much easier.
    • The second one: you are a busy professional who deserves a break without feeling guilty. Sunny California is waiting for you. In addition to touring Los Angeles, taking a close look at the beaches, succumbing to the temptation of going up along the Big Sur coast to San Francisco, you can devote a few days to your perfect alibi: attending some workshops on computer software, which will prove so useful when you’ll get back to your work.

    In both cases, check out this tempting offer by SomewhereSomething. You can sign up for one or several courses:

    • Advanced Rhino: Case Study - June 21-22
      Participants will use Rhino to model a residential project in detail. The model will then be “sliced” up to create a standard set of architectural drawings.
    • Intro to Grasshopper - June 28-29
      This 2-day introduction to Grasshopper will focus on an overview of the plug-in, geometry types, geometry construction and transformation, list and data tree management.
    • Rhino + VisualARQ for Architecture - July 19-20
      This session will focus on Rhino’s powerful drafting & layout tools. VisualARQ plug-in will also be used to add architectural features and parametric architectural objects that generate and update 2D drawings in real-time.
    • Armed Forces - August 2-3
      Each participant will fabricate and assemble a small prototype of a multi-axis arm, controlled with a variety of sensory inputs. The project will be developed in Grasshopper and Firefly, using the Arduino microcontroller.

    It’s impossible not to find any of these courses attractive. Go ahead and take a look!

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  • VisualARQ 1.8 available

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    VisualARQ 1.8 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.8. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    Download it!

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.8
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

    New price:

    VisualARQ 1.8 price will change. This change will be effective from August 1st 2014 and will only affect commercial licenses.

    Hurry up and purchase VisualARQ before the price changes!

    What’s new in 1.8:

    This version has more new features and enhancements than ever, including:

    • New parametric Curtain Wall object. (Video)
    • Section attributes on VisualARQ and Rhino objects: set the line widths, print colors, hatch patterns, etc. on any kind of geometry for display and printing purposes. (Video)
    • Texture mappings on VisualARQ objects: no need to explode the VisualARQ objects anymore to assign texture materials on them and apply surface, box, cylindrical mappings, etc. More information.
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    • New Level Manager: shows and hides levels easily. (Video)
    • Wall layers in 3D: wall layers are now shown in Section views and can have different materials for rendering purposes.
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    • Improved IFC exporter: models are much better exported to IFC for Revit, ArchiCAD, Solibri, etc. with a minor loss of information. (More information)
    • More object styles and beam profiles added: full AISC and European standard beam styles added to VisualARQ templates.
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    • New Tag object: displays VisualARQ objects information in 2D labels. (More information)
    New Plan View
    • Help also available in Spanish, German, Italian and French.
    • Zoo support: shares VisualARQ licenses among users on the same network workgroup.

    VisualARQ 1.8 fixes all known bugs and also includes many enhancements. See the complete list in What’s new.

  • A Rhino project takes the stage

    Shopping malls are often referred to as the temples of our time. The place we all attend to with almost religious regularity and faith in the virtues of consumption, regardless of our social class or ideology. While contemporary architecture creates churches which awake a feeling of security and retreat, shopping malls enhance their appeal with spectacular dazzle.

    VisualARQ presents a Rhino architectural design by UNStudio

    VisualARQ presents a Rhino architectural design by UNStudio. Image: Edmon Leong (via UNStudio)

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  • The architecture of a national library speaks the language of the city

    VisualARQ, the free-form 2D and 3D architecture software, studies architectural designs worldwide.

    VisualARQ, the free-form 2D and 3D architecture software, studies architectural designs worldwide. Image: J. J. Pan & Partners

    VisualARQ understands what’s behind an architect: a creator and a technician. Not just someone who imagines and sketches, but also someone who listens to human needs to offer solutions and masters the technique that will make them possible. Someone who deciphers a code and makes it his own.

    Architects want to leave their mark on their commissioned works, put a personal stamp on the projects undertaken. They often don’t build in desolate wastelands but in urban plots where their work should be integrated and, over time, become another link in the chain of buildings. Besides, they must meet the needs of the inhabitants of the environment, whether they will be users of the new property or not. They must find ways to reconcile their creativity with the personality of the place.

    Each one of us reads the reality surrounding us in a different way, but we have common codes. Those inherited from the past are part of our cultural heritage, but the new codes that arise in the present must reconcile their originality with the fact of being recognizable, otherwise they won’t become part of our language. Sometimes, contemporary architecture is blamed to be narcissist because it raises groundbreaking buildings that overwhelm the surroundings – impressive large moles of cement, steel or glass speaking a different language than that of the city.

    However, we also find evidences that architecture can start a modern discourse reinterpreting ancient languages and create a building with its own style that finds its place in the urban fabric. The National Library of Public Information in Taichung (Taiwan) is a good example of the above said and, besides, it responds to social and individual needs.

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  • Investing in BIM: afraid of being unprofitable?

    VisualARQ shares an image from Paul Shillcock presentation at BIM Life Show 2014

    VisualARQ shares an image from Paul Shillcock presentation at BIM Life Show 2014

    At VisualARQ, as creators of an architectural software incorporating the IFC format that can be integrated into any BIM software, we are following the take-off of this technology around the world.

    In our blog, we have already analyzed the effects of the European Parliament initiative to promote the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in member countries. At the beginning of 2014, this institution also voted for the requirement of BIM in public works tenders.

    This measure is primarily aimed at cost saving in all phases of the construction process. Economic revitalization is equally important, since it enables small and medium-sized companies to enter public tenders by accessing fragments of large projects. BIM allows you to break down large contracts without compromising the reliability of its completion.

    BIM raises doubts because...

    The legislation aims to encourage the adoption of BIM because the market, by itself, is a little bit reluctant to it. We could consider two reasons for this attitude.

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  • VisualARQ in Geometrias’14, Lisboa


    The main topic of the event will be the “New challenges on practice, researching and teaching Geometries and Drawing”.

    Geometrias'14 will bring together teachers, researchers and students that will share their investigations and experiments on the new learning and teaching approaches for Geometries and Drawing.

    VisualARQ 1.8 and VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP3 will be shown on Saturday 17th, 17.20h.

  • When architects design orchids

    We at VisualARQ like architecture integrated into nature. Now we take a step forward and get to architecture that emulates how nature works.

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design at the VanDusen Botanical Garden

    VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Perkins+Will

    A plant is a living being that feeds on sun, water and soil nutrients. A building is a living being that, to be inhabited, requires light, water and materials from the environment. This mimesis reaches the maximum level at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver. It's not just a matter of form, it’s the full cycle of sustainability. This is the first building in Canada that was designed under the parameters set for obtaining the maximum sustainable building certificate, the LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and intending to apply for the Living Building Challenge.

    The Center was made by Perkins + Will studio, which was founded in 1935 in Chicago and today has more than 1,500 employees and 20 offices. In 2011, the studio was commissioned to breathe new life into a botanical garden which had been created in 1975, on the former grounds of a golf club.

    The work, under the direction of architect Peter Busby, consisted of creating a new visitor center that would not only take administrative, commercial and educational activities, but would also represent the very essence of nature reflected in the garden. If the purpose of a botanical garden is the preservation of the species, the purpose of VanDusen Visitor Center should be to preserve another form of natural wealth: energy.

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