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By terrain
We are a busy Landscape Arch practice involved in a wide range of project scales from small private gardens to large urban developments. We do alot of detailed site grading, planting plans, hardscape, pools, spas, trails, road and parking design, etc...

We're somewhere between gardeners, planners, and full on civil engineers.

In other words, LA is a lot more than just some 'flowers and trees' around the building for us.

We are looking for a pretty robust software replacement to the typical Autocad/Sketchup/rhino workflow.

We model everything and usually provide fairly extensive construction documents along with renderings.

We have tried Vectorworks Landmark for about 6 months, but have been incredibly frustrated by all the bugs and half-developed tools.

A few of our consultants have used AC for years and swear by it. Revits site modelling tools are not so good.

Is anyone out there using archicad for landscape architecture?
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By Bruce
I have been using ArchiCAD for 13 years now, and I dread whenever I have to do any sort of landscaping design.

If anyone is successfully, and easily, using out-of-the-box ArchiCAD for landscape purposes, I would love to see how they do it. But in my opinion, the relevant tools in ArchiCAD are old and clunky (I'm talking topography, roads, footpaths etc).

You can get some pretty sophisticated add-ons and objects though: ... -graphics/

There's also some pretty advanced tutorials on Youtube - which to me demonstrate how difficult it is:

Also, apparently Jim Fogarty Design uses it successfully: ... hitecture/
By alemanda
laszlonagy wrote:FWIW, there is a brand new landspacing Add-On recently released for ARCHICAD:

You may be able to achieve what you want with it and ARCHICAD.

It seems it handles just terrains ...
Architerra by Cigraph does it as well.

Actually Archicad lacks of typical landscaping objects written for archicad natively I mean like stones, trees, hedges, bushes,
Of course many of these 3D objects can be downloaded or bought on the web but many times they are not suited for archicad representation engine so the results is that many time these objects cannot be used smoothly for large landscaping purpose ...