Vectorworks gets European versions

Nemetschek North America announced recently that they have released a European versions of Vectorworks 2010 software and are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

“Our localized version is developed by Nemetschek North America, and then enhanced by us to meet the local requirements in our country,” explains Carlos Lüthy, CEO of ComputerWorks GmbH, Germany. “This year there has been much excitement and anticipation about the Vectorworks 2010 line of products, as this version is already getting rave reviews in the English-speaking countries.”

The English-language versions of the Vectorworks 2010 product line were released in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and other international markets on September 15, 2009.

SOURCE: Tenlinks.com

Royal Horticultural Show Display landscape recycled for school

24dash.com reports

Horticultural specialists are developing a school garden in Wirral using recycled materials from the Tatton Park Royal Horticultural Show…….
They are using reclaimed timber, to create a pergola and planters, as well as recycled plants, stones and galvanised steel for seating, worth around £1,200…….

Read more at the [SOURCE: 24dash.com - Royal Horticultural Show recycled for Rock Ferry]

City’s free bike service so popular adding 6,500 bikes

Yesterday the Shanghai Daily reported that planners for Shanghai’s Minhang district plan to add 6,500 bikes over the next 5 years due to the popularity of the existing 3,500 free bike service. Since the service started 10,000 residents have applied for the service.

The article also quoted Wu Zhongquan, a Minhang construction commission official as saying

the free-bike program is meant to solve the problem of the final trip home after alighting from public transport.

Traffic planners call this stage “the very last 3 kilometers” from homes or schools to traffic hubs.

Playground to be designed by game designer

In recent News via Guardian newspaper a game designer, Keita Takahashi will be working with Nottingham City Council and its landscape architect to come up with a playground design for Woodthorpe Grange Park.

SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk

Ed note: I think this will offer a new perspective on playground design. Hopefully, this will create a playground that will encourage children to spend more time in the landscape. It is good to see a city that could create a playground that responds to the new generation of children who are growing up in an age when games are played virtually not physically.

Landscaping With a Lighter Touch – NYTimes.com

A recent article by William L. Hamilton at the New York Times about landscaping enhancing property values interviewed some landscape architects and clients and many drew the conclusion that people are heading towards more low maintenance gardens with few features. Out with the outdoor kitchen and in with the kitchen garden. More native plants and natural aesthetic.

The landscape architects in the article were:

Mike Mushak (CT, NY) said his clients were more interested in growing vegetables and getting their hands dirty than owning and operating the elaborate outdoor appliances…..

Anne Howerton(SF) said “how much work you want to put into maintaining a property, at any price point.”…….

Andrea Cochrane(SF) said about clients with green intentions – “They’re definitely aware, but when people look at the amortization — the payback — they tend to cut it out. I’ve become a little jaded about that.”…..

Perry Guillot(NY) stated that “High, high maintenance, that’s moved on,”……..“It’s like having five bad kids in the house, constantly needing things.”

Read the full article at the the [SOURCE: New York Times - Landscaping With a Lighter Touch]

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