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To us, there's nothing better than reading about the successes of our users. So we're incredibly excited to hear that Peter Walker is this year's recipient of the ASLA Medal. He has designed some of the world's greatest environmental monuments, and recently partnered with architect Michael Arad to win the commission for the World Trade Center Memorial. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Peter Walker on receiving this extraordinary honor.

Along those same lines, if you have received an award for your design work, please let us know. We love hearing about the successes of our users, no matter how big or small. Drop us an e-mail at linda@nemetschek.net


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
CEO, Nemetschek North America



Lawrence High School (Lawrence, MA)
Flansburgh Associates, Inc. (Boston, MA)

Principals, FAI
Flansburgh Associates, Inc. (FAI) is a nationally known design firm and is a leader as an educational architect providing comprehensive services in Architecture, Master Planning, Programming, and Interior Design. Founded in 1963, the firm, while well known for its educational niche market, serves a broad range of clients, both nationally and internationally.

They like to think of themselves as being in a unique position, one that uses the computer as a true design/process tool to their trade. They use it from simple wire/mass diagrams to study light and shadows, to producing walkthroughs of complex spaces to study the mass and surfaces. They also like to combine hand drawn scans with computer-generated 3D images from Form-Z™ to create collages of ideas in Photoshop™ and Illustrator™. While they use multiple Mac-based software programs to orchestrate their design process, ultimately they produce all their production work in VectorWorks.

A project that they are very fond of is the new High School for the city of Lawrence. It is approximately a 365,000 square foot structure, and intended to serve a student population of 3,000. They are incorporating a campus concept that allows them to break down the large foot print of the required footage. The site is very interesting and challenging. It is on a 16-acre site on the south side of the city. The site is on the edge of the city fabric on a strip of land that connects the old Memorial stadium on the west side and bends north along route 495 on the east side.

The site is conceptually thought of as being on a buffer of land between the edge of the city fabric and the high way. With this as a basis for their development of the project, they came up with a very exciting scheme-one that addresses the concern of the client for small learning environments and an overall secure building. Their challenge was initially to break down the large square footage into manageable building sizes, so as not to have overwhelming large uniform structure.

In their multiple discussions with the school administrators and school superintendent regarding educational methodology and the future of the school, it became clear that the best way to develop the school was to adopt the Johns Hopkins educational methods based on individual learning centers or learning academies.

The academies are designed as individual wings with a particular learning emphasis such as Business Management & Technology, Health, Communication Arts, Science & Technology, and the Ninth Grade Academy. These academies are linked or connected at one horizontal point at the second floor elevation with a continuous two-story high bridge built out of curtain walls and zinc panels. The bridge is a dynamic and active link, perforated with a dancing rhythm of windows' sizes, set within a deep wall opening which allows the light to be directed inside the cafeteria and sent in different directions through the day. From the exterior, the east-faced curved zinc wall contrasts well against the radiating masonry academies, the zinc panels are gently staggered to create a moving effect, reminiscent of moving water.

They are making a historical metaphor with the Canal of Lawrence acting as a link of many public buildings, as well as the contemporary adjacent curved highway.

The project started in 1999, and they have had many owner-caused delays and a few Mayors in the process. The project is presently under construction and proceeding well. VectorWorks helped in many ways, both graphically and technically.

To learn more about Flansburgh Associates, visit them on the web at:

Is it possible to create a Property Line from a polygon?

To create a property line using the "Objects From Polyline command" menu, draw polylines or a polygon. (See Image 1-1) With the polylines or polygon selected, access AEC >Objects from Polyline. In the "Create Objects from Polyline" dialog box, select the Property Line Object Type. Select the "Show Properties Dialog" checkbox and click OK. (See Image 1-2) The "Object Properties" dialog box displays. Select the desired settings in the dialog box and click OK to create the property line object. (See Image 1-3)You can then edit the property line object using the 2D Reshape Tool. (See Image 1-4, 1-5, 1-6)

Can I rotate text around an arc?

It's easy with an Arc Text plug-in object available at www.vectordepot.com.

This is a third-party website which makes various plug-ins, symbols, hatches, and many other types of objects available for the customer to download. Before you can use the Arc Text plug-in object, you must download it.

Go to www.vectordepot.com and click Plug-ins along the left side of the screen. Scroll down to the headingto "Arc Text". Click the Mac or Windows icon to download the appropriate version. Extract the file so that "Arc Text.vso" is available. Copy "Arc Text.vso" to the VectorWorks >Plug-Ins folder. Now add the plug-in object to the workspace. In VectorWorks, select File >Workspaces >Workspace Editor. Select "Edit the current workspace" and click OK. Click the Tools tab. Select "Arc Text" from under "All Tools" and drag it to the desired tool palette on the right. (See Image 2-1, 2-2) Click OK.

Now the tool is downloaded and installed and ready to be used.

Click the Arc Text tool from the palette it was assigned to in the Workspace Editor. Click in the drawing where the text block is to be placed and click again to set the rotation. The "Object Properties” dialog box displays. Type the desired text in the "Text" field. The shape of the arc is determined by a positive or negative number in the Radius X or Radius Y field. For example, if the text is to arc so the middle of the text is higher than the ends in a horizontal fashion, type a negative number in the Radius Y field. (See Image 2-3) Click OK. Double-click in the drawing to place additional arced text blocks. (See Image 2-4) The font, text size, and style can be changed from the Text menu. The shape of the arc can easily be changed by changing the Radius Y value in the Object Info palette. (See Image 2-5) The text content can also be changed in the Object Info Palette.

How can I hatch a part of an object, but not the whole thing?

This is easily done using a non-associative hatch and a control line.

Draw a line or other polyline/polygon object so it intersects with the object to be hatched. This object is considered the control object. (See Image 3-1) Select both the object to be hatched and the control object. (See Image 3-2, 3-10) Select Tool > Hatches, select the desired hatch, and click OK. (See Image 3-3) Double-click on the portion of the object wherethe hatch should be placed. (See Image 3-4) The hatch fills only the area between the click point and the intersection of the control line. (See Image 3-5, 3-11) As you can see in the example, the first object has an associative hatch that was applied through the Attribute Palette. The second and third objects use a non-associative hatch that was applied through the Hatches command. (See Image 3-6) If the control line needs to be invisible, simply change the pen color to white. (See Image 3-7)


VectorWorks User Wins Coveted ASLA Medal

Internationally renowned landscape architect Peter Walker received the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Landscape Architects. As a recipient of this year's ASLA Medal, Walker is recognized for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession.

VectorWorks Users Honored in ID Magazine's Annual Design Review 2004

International Design (I.D.) Magazine's 50th Annual Design Review features the best in consumer products, equipment, graphics and packaging. We're proud to announce that several winning entries were designed, in part, with VectorWorks.

Tom Greggs

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