Michele Calvano: “the real revolution was the connection of VisualARQ to Grasshopper”

Interview to architect Michele Calvano.

Study of the roof for the extension of Venice Airport. Project in collaboration with ArFacade

His name is Michele Calvano, an Italian architect specialized in Reverse engineering of 3D models for design purposes. He has been chosen to open our new section of interviews with professionals that are using VisualARQ as a regular tool for their work.

His long academic and professional career – he is an architect and researcher – has brought him to innovate and search for new solutions that meet the current market requirements. And then he discovered VisualARQ.

How does he deal with new challenges? What does he expect from the future of architecture? What technical advances are envisioned?

Keep on reading to know Calvanos’ perspective.

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VisualARQ 2.3 available

VisualARQ 2.3 is now available for download.

This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • New components in Grasshopper to create sections
  • New components “Building” and “Level” to reference buildings and levels
  • New component that provides the levels where an object is located.
  • Styles and Block definitions can be referenced using strings.
  • New “Get Property Names” component that provides the list of an object property names.

See the complete list in What’s new.

Download it!

This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users and works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6.

  1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 2.3
  2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

The use of 3D in buildings is now the main option (and concern) of the “technological” architect

3D model of the Alberta Art Gallery (Randall Stout architects).


Interoperating between more flexible and agile software with other already existing software, and producing the necessary technical documentation in a better way are the other two main concerns of the professionals

With the technological race, architects from all over the world have had to enhance their skills or become obsolete, updating and looking towards new design processes or tools that enable them to express their creativity regarding the demands of the client. However, what are the main doubts of today’s architect before making the leap and embracing these technological advances? What challenges and difficulties must they face more often? Today, the most requested information from the technical support teams of Rhino, VisualARQ and Grasshopper ( three of the most innovative design spheres ) is how to model in 3D with precision and free of errors. It is followed by interoperability between faster and more flexible software, with other existing software which, although more rigid, are used by most studios. Finally, architects ask about how to produce the necessary technical documentation in a better and more complete way for each project.

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VisualARQ at the BtoBIM in Nantes

BtoBIM 2018
Icam Nantes: 35 Avenue du Champ de Manœuvre, 44470 Carquefou.
Rhinoforyou stand nº : stand 3
5 July 2018. 9h-18h

Rhinoforyou will be exhibiting VisualARQ at BtoBIM event 2018 in Nantes, on Thursday 5-July. (stand nº3)

This is the third edition of the BtoBIM event, organized by NOVABUILD, that gathers professionals of the BIM and construction industry to present their newest technologies in the field.

During this event, the Rhinoforyou experts, in collaboration with Francesc Salla, VisualARQ’s product manager, will be available at Stand 3 for live demonstrations of Rhino, Grasshopper and VisualARQ .

You will get to know RhinoArchitecture, the flexible and affordable BIM solution for all sizes of business!

Details and registration…


VisualARQ 2.2 available


VisualARQ 2.2 is now available for download.

This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • New vaSplit command. Watch video
  • New vaFillet command. Watch video
  • New Update Property component in Grasshopper to change a property from a referenced document object.
  • Element and Furniture objects created from Grasshopper styles can be rotated in 3D.
  • Objects created from Grasshopper styles share their block geometry when they are equal, improving speed, memory consumption and file size.

See the complete list in What’s new.

Download it!

This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users and works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6.

  1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 2.2
  2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.