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6-Dec-2016 – Latest News in Landscape Architecture

News report by Bret Lezon
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In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we feature Cambodia’s plan to use drones to address their urban planning issues, highlight a thrilling proposal for retired fuel tanks in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, and examine how landscape architecture is making an impact in Asia. Additionally, we showcase a book that recounts Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a brief presentation of how to create a quick urban diagram using SketchUp and Photoshop.

Latest News in Landscape Architecture:

  • How to: Very Fast Urban Diagram in Sketchup and Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • A Dutch Architect Offshores the Future of Housing
  • See How Landscape Architecture is Shaping Developments All Over Asia
  • Rust Red: The Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord [Book Review of the Week]
  • Civitas Inc. Wins 2016 Great Public Space Award for St. Patrick’s Island Park
  • Coming Soon to NYC: Street Furniture that Helps Fight Pollution and Save Lives
  • Drones Provide a New Way of Tackling Cambodia’s Urban Planning Issues
  • Housing Plan to Help Create 50,000 New Jobs in Glasgow
  • Israel: Like a “Living Laboratory for the Study and Preservation of Urban Wildlife”
  • As Bushwick Inlet Park Advances, “Maker Park” is Envisioned as Part of the Puzzle

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How to: Very Fast Urban Diagram in Sketchup and Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]

WATCH >>> How to : Very Fast Urban Diagram in Sketchup and Photoshop

If you’ve ever wondered how some of the top design firms create their cool urban diagrams, this quick tutorial provides an explanation. Using SketchUp and Photoshop only, the presenter walks you through the steps. Give it a try today!

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With rapidly urbanizing cities and rising sea levels, Koen Olthuis is hard at work evolving his idea of a solution: the floating building. In 2003, Mr. Olthuis founded Waterstudio, which is referred to as the first contemporary architecture firm to solely focusing on floating houses. Fast forward over a decade and the firm is considered one of the leaders of this approach. To date, the firm has completed more than 200 floating homes and offices, and currently working on City App, which seeks to bring services to highly affected areas in the flood-prone slums of Bangladesh.

Related Article: What is Amphibious Architecture and How Will It Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change?

WATCH >>> Top 10 trends towards floating cities: Koen Olthuis at TEDxVilnius

Leading the way for landscape architecture in Asia are cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo, however emerging markets like Phnom Penh and Yangon face a series of other higher priority challenges. Ultimately, Singapore’s grand vision has led to successful implementation of energy-saving materials, vertical and roof gardens, and large scale public projects by developers.

Even if the cost is 10 to 15 percent more than making a regular building, they see using plant material in buildings as valuable because when you live in a high-rise you don’t have connection to the ground. And it’s a great selling point,” adds Philip Cox, an Australian landscape architect whose firm is responsible for several of Singapore’s landmark projects.

Related Article: 10 of The Best Tourist Spots for Landscape Architecture in Asia

In Rust Red, Latz uses his firsthand knowledge of the project to present an in-depth account of the park’s development. Recounting twelve years of planning and realization, Latz describes how he focused on the multifaceted information system of urban infrastructure and industry to create the park. Essays by renowned collaborators complement his narrative, while three hundred color photographs, sketches, and plans provide additional insight. Revealing the intriguing world that follows industry, Rust Red tells the fascinating story of the park’s transformation on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary.

Related Article: From Rubble to the Ritz – Revitalizing Abandoned Sites

Civitas Inc. Wins 2016 Great Public Space Award for St. Patrick’s Island Park: Fast Company

St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary, designed by Denver urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas Inc. with W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York, has been named 2016 Great Public Space by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) in its Great Places in Canada contest. “Nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike can revel in the natural beauty that has been restored through mindful renewal and a biophilia master plan – a landscape design approach that nurtures the bond between people and nature,” stated the CIP jury.

The result of a four-year design collaboration by Civitas and W on behalf of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the 31-acre St. Patrick’s Island Park in the Bow River has transformed once derelict public space into a vital outdoor experience. A short video titled “Bike Roll” provides an off-the-cuff bicycle tour of the island park, which opened in fall of 2015, by Civitas Founding Principal Mark Johnson.

Related Article: 10 Extraordinary Urban Regenerative Strategies for Public Open Space

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News report by Brett Lezon

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