• 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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  • Le Corbusier. An atlas of modern landscapes

    When an architect wants to know what solutions to his/her design and creation problems VisualARQ can offer, our series of videos of Ville Savoye can be a good introduction. Obviously, the software potential is much broader but still, we manage to present a project in different chapters that allows an approach to our technology.

    VisualARQ render and plans of Ville Savoye

    VisualARQ render and plans of Ville Savoye

    When choosing a landmark building, we had hundreds to choose from and we selected Le Corbusier “Ville Savoye”. We were attracted by the building but also by the author, the man who went beyond the construction plans and created internal and external landscapes acting out of freedom and lack of conventions. A man breaking new ground matches well with a technology that also breaks with the traditional way of creating architecture.

    With this background, it is inevitable to pay attention to the Le Corbusier. An atlas of modern landscapes exhibition, organized by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in collaboration with Le Corbusier Foundation in Paris. In New York, it attracted more than 400,000 people, including visitors outside the architectural world, since Le Corbusier work and approaches raise interest beyond technique. The following exhibition stops in 2014 will be Barcelona (January-May) and Madrid (June-October).

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  • Introduction to Layouts in Rhino 5

    anno_layout_tutorial 350Page Layouts are fundamental in Rhino to arrange the architectural drawings generated by VisualARQ and Rhino, and to prepare the sheets in order to deliver the project documentation.

    In these video series, created by Mary Fugier (McNeel) from the Rhino Tutorials, you can learn the basics of working with page layouts: how to arrange views of both 2-D and 3-D models on the title block at different scales, how to prepare the layout for printing, and how to add annotations to the layout, like text, dimensions and plot to a PDF.

    Click here to see the full content of the "Introduction to Layouts in Rhino 5".

    Click here to see some of the main layout features applied to the Ville Savoye project, from the VisualARQ video tutorial.

    Watch the full video below, recorded in a live webinar on March 26, 2014.

    Introduction to Layouts (1:38 h.) from Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.

  • 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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