VectorWorks User Doug Farr Publishes Book on Sustainable Urbanism

Columbia, MD (February 4, 2008) – Nemetschek North America congratulates VectorWorks user Doug Farr on the publication of his book, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature.

According to author, architect, and long-time sustainable design innovator Doug Farr, “sustainable urbanism” entails much more than just designing green buildings. It encompasses a bigger picture of creating green neighborhoods and planning for sustainable urban growth. In his book, he explains the design reform movement and details how to implement sustainable urbanism through leadership and communication in cities, communities, and neighborhoods. A series of essays by Farr and others examines the health and environmental benefits of linking humans to nature, studies high-performance buildings and district energy systems, and explores how to increase sustainability through density, integrate transportation and land use, and create sustainable neighborhoods. Also included are several case studies in sustainable urbanism.

“We used VectorWorks to create some of the most instrumental diagrams in the book,” says Farr. “Organizing complex files was easy and efficient with VectorWorks' class organization system.”

Doug Farr is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates, a Chicago-based architectural firm dedicated to sustainable urbanism. He has served as co-chair of the Environmental Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism, chair of the AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment, and chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committees.

For more information about Doug Farr and Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, visit the Farr Associates web site at

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