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22-February-2017Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2017

News report by Irene Crowo Nielsen
Latest News in Landscape Architecture
The Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2017 is sponsored by ZinCo – Life on Green Roofs – Ecological and Economical Green Roofs, worldwide.

In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we highlight a sustainable learning community in Kenya. We will also look into how McGregor Coxall has planned to design the world’s first migratory ‘bird airport’ in China. And do you know how a flying car works and what it looks like? Additionally, we showcase a book, Mannahatta, which geographically matches an 18th-century map with one of the modern city of New York as it appears today with breathtaking illustrations. And don’t forget to check out the YouTube tutorial of the week; you’ll end up scribbling 1-point perspective cities everywhere.

Latest News Landscape Architecture:

  • How to draw a city using 1-point perspective: A Bird’s-eye View [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • Sustainable learning communities by Traffic for One Heart Foundation Eco Village
  • China is building the world’s first migratory “Bird Airport”
  • Mannahatta: a Natural History of New York City [Book Review of the Week]
  • Flying cars to take to the air in Dubai
  • Productive cities – Topic of the Europan 14
  • Watch how urban growth can dramatically change the landscape of a city
  • West Palm wants to use Copenhagen model to enliven its public areas
  • NYC could create a whole new neighborhood over a Queens railyard
  • Driverless cars could change urban landscapes

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How to draw a city using 1-point perspective: a bird’s-eye view [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]

WATCH >>> How to Draw a City using 1-Point Perspective: A Bird’s Eye View

This 12-minute tutorial teaches you how to draw a city in pencil from a bird’s-eye view. The tutorial is very informative and easy to follow, and if you’re thinking “well I suck at drawing anyway”, try this anyhow! I bet from now on you’ll scribble bird’s-eye perspectives of cities in your books instead of random lines and smiley faces. Enjoy!

As part of the One Heart Foundation Eco-village International Design Competition 2016, trans-disciplinary studio Traffic presents its shortlisted project entry for a learning community in Kenya. The proposal demonstrates the impact a good design can have on children’s quality of life as well as the role of architecture in providing nurturing environments for abused and poor families.

The village will be built during 2017-2018 and will become home to an additional 100 orphaned and abandoned children. It will serve as a sister campus to the existing One Heart Village located 30 minutes away in Turbo, enabling them to share staff and resources.

Landscape architecture firm McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland sanctuary in Tianjin, offering migrating birds a stopover to fatten up and breed.

Modern architecture has often been accused of encroaching on wildlife habitats – but McGregor Coxall just unveiled a new project that’s literally for the birds. The world’s first migratory “Bird Airport” is designed to convert a landfill in Lingang, China into a wetland bird sanctuary.

On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set foot on the land that would become Manhattan. Today, it’s difficult to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing in words and images the wild island that millions now call home. By geographically matching an 18th-century map with one of the modern city, examining volumes of historic documents, and collecting and analyzing scientific data, Sanderson re-creates the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown. His lively text guides readers through this abundant landscape, while breathtaking illustrations transport them back in time. Mannahatta is a groundbreaking work that provides not only a window into the past, but also inspiration for the future”.

How would you imagine a world with flying cars? What would the cities look like? Hot on the heels of announcing a new initiative (Link: “initiative “http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars) to build a miniature city on Mars, the Dubai government has unveiled the first successfully-tested Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV)—a.k.a. a flying car. Apparently, they will begin operations as early as July.

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News report by Irene Crowo Nielsen

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