Urban revitalization is a hot topic in architecture these days, and Flávio Rolfsen Laurini is making a big impact in Brazil. His Hortolândia Viva project is transforming the flood-prone area of Hortolândia City into a thriving community with many environmental and social innovations.
Laurini created a design that accomplishes specific goals to manage the drainage basin, erect parks and bike lanes, transfer families within the dangerous flood zone to safer areas, and invest in environmental education, among other ambitious social and environmental efforts like inspiring the public to occupy and enjoy the area responsibly. “Just the day after opening, people went there to enjoy leisure time with their families," explains Laurini. "We made an excellent transformation of the city area.”
Laurini has relied for many years on Vectorworks software for all stages of design, from concept to client presentation to construction documents. He uses the application for all projects, no matter the size—and sometimes integrates other software like Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat Pro. Laurini also enlists tools within the Vectorworks suite, like the Site Model within Architect, as well as the Renderworks application. “I tried other solutions,” he says, “but the flexibility of the Vectorworks platform makes the difference when it comes to 2D and 3D. I can do everything, from basic drawings to complex projects, and it’s all very intuitive.”
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