After attending the Vectorworks Press Event
in Baltimore, Maryland two weeks ago,I am now a fan of Vectorworks.
Vectorworks is awesome! I am completely blown away by how flexible, versatile, and intuitive the software is to use and how smart it would be to buy. The Vectorworks 2009 product line features a robust new engine that gives users superior 2D and 3D capabilities, at speeds that are up… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 30, 2008 at 6:00pm —
It's 29th September and China's National Day holiday week has taken effect with the office practically empty. It's been 20 days since my last blog post but the pressure has been mounting on the international side of the business. I don't want to go into the details but I am in quite a difficult situation with one project (previously run by others within the group and supposed to have been managed financially by someone in my office here) is now at the point of internal arbitration due to a fall… Continue
Added by Lee Parks on September 28, 2008 at 10:50pm —
I can hear the trains from my bedroom window. Nashville has an incredibly long and rich history of railroading, but it has been decades since passenger rail service was offered. I can see the newly restored Union Station from my balcony, it has been restored to its former glory, but its former function remains lost. There is a high-end hotel, offices, and a couple of really cool restaurants, but no train station. This is probably the same station where Olmsted stepped off the… Continue
Added by Jay Everett on September 28, 2008 at 10:00pm —
After 10 years and $500 million in the making, the California Academy of Sciences will open its doors tomorrow. This, "masterpiece in sustainable architecture, blends seamlessly into the park's natural setting, and is filled with hundreds of innovative exhibits and thousands of extraordinary plants and animals." If you…
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 26, 2008 at 1:00pm —
Introducing the New Larcexchange.com
Share. Discover. Download. Promote.
Our friends from the North, Brian Caicco
and Braedon Sziklasi
have worked tirelessly to create what is quickly becoming the most comprehensive resource for landscape professionals using modern day design techniques. By… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 24, 2008 at 4:30pm —
The principals of Eckbo Royston & Williams – early 1950’s From the left: Garrett Eckbo, Francis Dean, Edward Williams, and Robert Royston (Photo courtesy of the RHAA archive)
Prominent Landscape Architect, Robert Royston died at his Mill Valley home Friday, September 19, 2008. He was 90.
Read more here… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 23, 2008 at 4:30pm —
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The streets of San Francisco were a bit greener last Friday as hundreds of citizens participated in Park(ing) Day 2008
. An open-source REBAR
invention, "PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 23, 2008 at 10:00am —
Zurich, Switzerland is growing and several new housing developments are popping up like Neu Oerlikon which has several parks within this still-developing community. One of which is MFO Park, a multi-story steel structure with plants doing their best to cover the beams and grating. Not only does this structure give a nod to the areas industrial past but takes a unique multi-disciplinary approach to create an interesting 3 dimensional space.
At the base of the… Continue
Added by Lisa Town on September 21, 2008 at 6:30am —
It's hard to be a landscape architect and not look at things like accessibility wherever I go, even on vacation. Others might be busy taking pictures of some beautiful scenery while I'm taking pictures of paving patterns, stairs and ramps. I've been especially interested in seeing what other parts of the world consider to be acceptable when it comes to accessibility. Some of their options look downright scary to me.
So here's just a couple (of many) fun pictures from other parts of the… Continue
Added by Lisa Town on September 21, 2008 at 3:30am —
You may have noticed that the Creative Commons logo appeared on our site.
It is a great way to let other members know how and if they can use your material.
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 18, 2008 at 6:00pm —
Tuesday evening I had to make the trek over to London for a day-long design workshop at Foster and Partners for my project in Seattle. So I threw my suit and stuff into a bag and headed out on a train for Zürich flughafen. A couple hours on the train through German and Swiss countryside, a couple hours on the plane, two of the longest hours ever trying to get through UK border patrol, a 40 minute long tube ride and then a bit of walking through the South Kensington district later...I finally… Continue
Added by Lisa Town on September 18, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Land8 Lounge member Chris Heiler
is set to launch his new website for residential landscape designers/architects on October 10th. To kickoff the launch, they are offering a Free 2 Night Teleseminar focusing on 2 common frustrations that designers face:
1. Prospects and other industry professionals who undervalue design
2. The struggling economy
The website… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 17, 2008 at 11:30am —
I have been living in Southern Germany since January and one thing that I definitely love is the ability to just "hop" over to another country. Last Wednesday a few of us from the office decided to drive on down to Brengenz, Austria after work to check out the Richard Serra drawing exhibition at the amazing Kunsthaus designed by Peter Zumthor. So the five of us piled into the little two-door Twingo and set out on the couple hour journey. There's nothing like the wind in your hair as you fly… Continue
Added by Lisa Town on September 14, 2008 at 12:23pm —
You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. -Hal Borland, journalist (1900-1978)
Added by Deborah Christman on September 13, 2008 at 4:17pm —
A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man. -Arnold Toynbee, historian (1889-1975)
Added by Deborah Christman on September 13, 2008 at 7:32am —
...and my two projects for this semester sound AMAZING
Our entire class was broken into 7 teams on the first day of class and we will each be approaching the same project but following different design theories. I was one of the team leaders selected by our professor and we met as a group in private to divide our class between us. The outcome... I love my team. I think our similar personalities might lead to some difficulties later on in the… Continue
Added by Bel St.John, ASLA, LEED AP on September 12, 2008 at 7:32pm —
Nemetschek announced that Vectorworks will be using Parasolid, a 3D modeling kernal provided by Siemans, as their primary 3D Modeling Solution. BIM has been a big focus in the presentation so far and is a main component of their new release.
More to come...
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 12, 2008 at 7:36am —
Photo credit: http://gregpeasephoto.com
I am in beautiful Baltimore for the Vectorworks Press Day. I flew out this morning on a 7am flight from San Francisco. I got up at 3:45a to catch the GO Airport Shuttle that arrived 15 minutes late. Arg! I could have slept a little longer...
I arrived this evening at 5:30p by way of Phoenix, Arizona (where they packed the plane like a pinata). On the flight, I… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 11, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Lee Parks is currently working in Shanghai, China where he is the Associate director of Landscape Architecture for Scott Wilson, Ltd. He is, "Influenced by 'place' - the environment of the project, local tourism, culture and local people," and believes that, "the sights and sounds of project locations is what really matters." He appreciates the work of many landscape architects around the world, especially, "where design responds to local character, either in a modern way or as part… Continue
Added by Andrew Spiering on September 9, 2008 at 8:30am —
Well Bahrain was a successful trip and we got a fair few thumbs up from a difficult client. The trip was horrible though leaving Shanghai during the Beijing Olympics Closing ceremony (at 9pm China time) and flying through the night to arrive in Bahrain on Monday morning. Had a week of meetings with Ernie Els Design, the project managers and the client. Returned on a 03:50am flight from Bahrain via Dubai to arrive in Shanghai at 23:50, then after the jet lag had to crash out a report update in 4… Continue
Added by Lee Parks on September 9, 2008 at 5:23am —