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13-February-2017Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2017

News report by Brett Lezon
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 feature Rainproof, an Amsterdam-based stormwater management organization, highlight Sydney’s first urban living lab, and examine why the High Line co-founders wished they would’ve asked the “right” questions. Additionally, we showcase a book about sharing cities, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a fun guide to crafting watercolor maps in Photoshop.

Latest News Landscape Architecture:

  • Watercolor Map Tutorial in Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • Every Drop Counts in Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”
  • Northern Lights: How 3 Cities Brightened Up the Long Winter Nights
  • Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (Urban and Industrial Environments) [Book Review of the Week]
  • The High Line’s Next Balancing Act
  • CSIRO And Celestino Partner for Sydney’s First Urban Living Lab
  • Dreams of the Garden City Blossoming with Pink
  • Yangon Gets Moving
  • Abu Dhabi to Become A “Walkable” City
  • Rejuvenating SF Civic Center Plaza — A Challenge Beyond Design

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  • Watercolor Map Tutorial in Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]

WATCH >>> Watercolor Map Tutorial In Photoshop

Throughout, this 8-minute tutorial, the presenter reviews the steps for creating a watercolor map with Photoshop. By selecting the correct colors, applying the proper brushes, and using high-quality base maps the caliber of your renderings could improve.

Related Article: 10 Common Mistakes Beginners Make in Photoshop and How to Avoid Them

While the Dutch have a relatively modern sewage system, recent rainfall events have eclipsed what the system can effectively handle. As a result, Waternet created a new organization called Amsterdam Rainproof to address the ongoing challenge. Six months after its inception, Amsterdam was put to the test with a torrential storm and their preparation proved promising.

In a way, this was a blessing in disguise,” says Daniel Goedbloed, Amsterdam Rainproof program manager. “The city council was now wide awake. This made it easier for us to see how interventions to make the city more rainproof could be integrated into organizational proceedings.

Related Article: 3 Projects Show How Green Infrastructure Can Solve our Global Problems

WATCH >>> Rainproof Amsterdam – Micro Water Management

Traditionally, the winter months, after the holidays, can be bleak, but Montreal, New York, and Amsterdam re-invented the season with interactive public art. From Montreal’s Loop, which invited visitors to sit inside one of the thirteen wheels and crank a bar lever back and forth to reveal illuminated animations to New York’s tubular arch spectacle, Flatiron Sky-Line, both installations exemplify public participation at its finest.

Related Article: Installation Inspired by Fairytales Shines and Redefines a Public Space

The future of humanity is urban, and the nature of urban space enables, and necessitates, sharing — of resources, goods and services, experiences. Yet traditional forms of sharing have been undermined in modern cities by social fragmentation and commercialization of the public realm. In Sharing Cities, Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman argue that the intersection of cities’ highly networked physical space with new digital technologies and new mediated forms of sharing offers cities the opportunity to connect smart technology to justice, solidarity, and sustainability. McLaren and Agyeman explore the opportunities and risks for sustainability, solidarity, and justice in the changing nature of sharing.

The High Line’s Next Balancing Act: City Lab

Based on several metrics, many would consider the High Line a huge success, but its founders wished they would’ve asked, “What can we do for you?” Although, Manhattan’s famous linear park is projected to generate about $1 billion in tax revenues to the city over the next 20 years, locals aren’t flocking to the park and benefitting from the urban renewal.

Today, Robert Hammond, co-founder, leads the High Line Network, a collation of designers and planners building “adaptive reuse” parks similar to the High Line. Over the past year, leaders from 17 projects at various stages have met to share their insights. “I want to make sure other people don’t make the mistakes we did, and learn how to deal with these issues,” says Hammond. “We certainly don’t have all the answers.”

Related Article: 7 Facts About the High Line That Will Impress Your Friends

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News report by Brett Lezon

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