• 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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  • 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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