Inspiration: Creating the Urban Canopy with Town and Gardens

Posted by Pete Hicks on 12/16/15 12:47 PM   |  1 min read time

The concrete jungle of New York City may not seem like a place where you’d find a team of designers dedicated to producing vibrant landscapes, but for Town and Gardens, Ltd., this reversal of expectations isn’t the only way they break the mold. To solve a common disconnect between an imagined design and a practical landscape, Town and Gardens evolved their firm into a design/build practice, collaborating with both construction teams and materials vendors to produce artful and viable solutions that enliven the Manhattan cityscape and beyond.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Landscape), News

Earn HSW Credits by Exploring Sustainability, Modular Design, and BIM

Posted by Pete Hicks on 12/3/15 3:59 PM   |  1 min read time

Are HSW credits on your holiday wish list? Well you’re in luck, because we’re giving out gifts a little early this year. Check out our recent Continuing Education article with Architectural Record, “Sustainability, Modular Design, and BIM,” and take the associated quiz to earn credit by exploring how said design trends are merging to produce incredible results.

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Topics: Academic, Resources, Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture), News

Inspiration: Green Thoughts From Leading Designers

Posted by Pete Hicks on 11/17/15 11:49 AM   |  3 min read time

Whether you’re attending the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C. this weekend or not, we bet that designing "green" is often on your mind. That’s why we've collected some thoughts from leading architects and landscape architects to inspire you as you incorporate sustainable thinking into your workflow.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture), BIM (Landscape), News

Inspiration: Lighting Design for Music Royalty

Posted by Pete Hicks on 11/3/15 9:49 AM   |  2 min read time

Nick Whitehouse creates shows for artists like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Britney Spears, and even though he designs for some of the biggest names in the music industry, his approach to lighting is focused on the little things. “When designers compete to be the brightest in every show, people’s eyes get tired," he says. "You have to take a step back and let the artist shine.” With this artist-centric design philosophy, forward-thinking techniques, and the help of Vectorworks Spotlight software, Whitehouse has made a name for himself as a chart-topper in the world of entertainment.

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Topics: Project Highlight, Production & Lighting Design, News

Inspiration: Entertainment Lighting for Enduring Names in Music

Posted by Pete Hicks on 7/8/15 9:41 AM   |  3 min read time

Max Conwell designs lighting for some of the most recognized names in music. But perhaps even more impressive than his list of clients, which includes Morrissey, No Doubt, and Incubus, is Conwell’s dedication to entertainment design technology. “When I started freelancing as a lighting technician, it was the infancy of moving lights and scrolling color changers,” says Conwell, founder of Naked Eye Lighting, a design consultancy in the United Kingdom. Those technologies have since matured, and his current work now incorporates exciting emergent techniques like 3D pixel and video mapping. With an established place at the forefront of the entertainment industry, Conwell’s style continues to evolve as he diversifies his portfolio with work in architectural and television lighting, as well.

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Topics: Project Highlight, Production & Lighting Design, News

INSPIRATION: MCGREGOR COXALL SHOWCASES ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/24/15 10:56 AM   |  2 min read time

Seventy percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and Adrian McGregor doesn’t think urban areas are ready to handle this increase. That’s why the landscape architecture and urban design firm McGregor Coxall is dedicated to preparing the built environment for increased population density, as well as environmental and economic changes in the coming decades.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Landscape), News

Inspiration: A Design’s Dialogue with Nature

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/8/15 10:35 AM   |  2 min read time

The Manazuru Peninsula unfolds into scenic Sagami Bay in a shape reminiscent of a crane with outstretched wings. This peaceful locale, home to the Kazumasa Nakagawa Art Museum, Cape Manazuru, and the centuries-old Kifune-jinja Shrine, revolves around an appreciation for the sea. It’s this seaside aesthetic that the design team at MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO called upon when designing Shore House, which recently earned the firm the Japan Institute of Architects' Best New Architect Award, honoring talented architects and their work.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture), News

Inspiration: Bringing an Old City Into the Future

Posted by Pete Hicks on 2/18/15 11:24 AM   |  2 min read time

Ghent, Belgium is undergoing a transformative, urban regeneration, and the team tasked with making this dream a reality includes Vectorworks users Atelier Kempe ThillCOUSSEE & GORIS architectenRobbrecht & Daem architecten, and Marie-José Van Hee architecten. Designers and architects are collaborating to provide a sustainable urban mobility plan for Ghent that features green spaces and waterfronts, upscale residential housing, retail capacity, and innovative workspaces. Their aim is to transition this centuries-old urban center into a “smart” city, providing modern amenities without losing historical authenticity.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture), News

Curtain Wall Tool Enables Dynamic Design

Posted by Guest Author on 1/30/15 10:33 AM   |  4 min read time

Ilianna H. Kwaske, Ph.D., Managing Principal, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture), News

Meet the Lighting Designer Behind "Meet the Press"

Posted by Pete Hicks on 10/10/14 5:30 PM   |  2 min read time

With an American broadcast history spanning more than 45 years, NBC’s "Meet the Press" has seen a lot of changes, including those to its set. So when Chuck Todd was named as the new host for the Sunday morning talk show, producers and executives sought a fresh look as well, which is why they turned to The Lighting Design Group (LDG).

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Topics: Project Highlight, Production & Lighting Design

Collaborative Design With Open BIM

Posted by Guest Author on 8/25/14 11:59 AM   |  3 min read time

Mark Flamer, P.E., Registered Civil Engineer and General Building Contractor, Structural Engineering Consultant for Nemetschek Scia, and Software Engineer for Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture)

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