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2-November-2016 – Latest News in Landscape Architecture

News report by Brett Lezon
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In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we feature Manila’s longest urban park, highlight the winners from the Kensington and Kingsford Ideas Competition, and examine if color character of cities affects us. Additionally, we showcase a book about conifers, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a comprehensive look at how to approach site modeling in Sketchup.

Latest News in Landscape Architecture:

  • Site Modeling in Sketchup [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • Modern Approaches to Stormwater Management
  • Seattle’s Waterfront Transformation by James Corner Field Operations Prepares to Break Ground this Year
  • Designing with Conifers: The Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden [Book Review of the Week]
  • Reinventing Unused Spaces and Turning them into Parks Key to Sydney’s Future
  • Winner Revealed: Kensington and Kingsford Ideas Comp
  • Greenway Park, Longest Urban Park in Metro Manila, Now Open to the Public
  • Trash to Treasure: Puente Hills Landfill Park Approved for San Gabriel Valley
  • The Color of Cities
  • Quantifying Urban Revitalization

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  • Site Modeling in Sketchup [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]

Throughout this one hour tutorial, the presenter reviews the workflow for using Sketchup to build a digital site model with context buildings, aerial imagery, and 3D terrain. From scouting the site via Google Earth to importing the existing 3D buildings and creating new ground planes—you’ll soon be able to model a site.

Related Article: How to Make Quick 3D Models from AutoCAD to Sketchup

Since the 1990s, a more contemporary approach to stormwater management has been practiced in Australia and many other countries around the world. Known as water sensitive urban design, stormwater is seen as a resource which can be captured and used. Cities such as Chicago now require rainwater gardens for construction of all new high-rise buildings. “Overall, WSUD practices are cost effective and environmentally beneficial,” said John Argue, University of South Australia adjunct professor.

Related Article: How the Extraordinary Qunli Stormwater Park got Listed as a National Wetland Park

As the $700 million waterfront project begins construction this year, it wasn’t until August when supporters received over 80 percent of the ballots required to reject the project. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the same designers as New York’s High Line, Chicago’s Navy Pier, and Cleveland’s Public Square—their vision for the two-mile-long promenade would weave together key attractions throughout the city.

To learn more about Waterfront Seattle, click here.

WATCH >>> Seattle’s Future Waterfront Park

Related Article: Top 10 Seaside Regeneration Projects

Designing with Conifers shows readers exactly how to choose the best conifers for specific needs. Chapters cover shape, color, and conifers for specific sites and conditions, including front gardens, hedges and screens, topiary, dwarf conifers, shade gardens, Asian-style gardens, bonsai, and miniature railroad gardens. Also, includes useful appendices that list of conifers for various problems and conditions, like conifers for areas plagued by deer and the best conifers for Christmas trees and Southern gardens. Each section is enlivened with gorgeous color photographs.”

Related Article: Planting Design: 10 Things to Consider When Designing With Plants

In recent years, several Sydney sites have been transformed into parks. Now, a major exhibition series titled Parks Changing Australia, spearheaded by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), will tell the stories of Sydney’s most progressive new parks and their interstate counterparts. From Sydney Olympic Park, Ballast Point in Balmain, and Barangaroo Reserve—these just a few of the parks that have changed Australia’s complexion.

The importance of parks and open spaces and the ability they have to create a positive impact on society is incredibly significant,” said environmental scientist Josh Byrne, an advocate for 202020 Vision,  which collaborated on the project.

WATCH >>> Ballast Point Park | TOUR360

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News report by Brett Lezon

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