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6-February-2017Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2017

News report by Brett Lezon
Latest News in Landscape Architecture
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In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we highlight a proposed park concept in Los Angeles, feature a grant-funded town square project in Conway, Arkansas that integrates a wetland-based storm water treatment, and examine the journey of an urban wanderer’s walk across London. Additionally, we showcase a book about Burle Marx’s artistic talents, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a unique guide to aerial view site plans.

Latest News Landscape Architecture:

  • How To: Aerial View Site Plan Tutorial With Only Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • Augmented Reality Heralds the Abolition of Architectural Practice As We Know It
  • Urban Forests Increasingly Central to Planning in Poor and Rich Countries Alike
  • Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist [Book Review of the Week]
  • Rolling Green “Ribbons” Proposed for New Urban Park in Downtown LA
  • NEA Grant to Fund Design Development of Conway Town Square As Rain Terrain
  • Additional Designers to Join Team of Industry Experts at Vectorworks, Inc.
  • Small Studio Snapshots: Superjacent
  • Q & A with The Urbanologist
  • An Urban Wanderer Walked All the Way Across London. Here’s What He Discovered

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  • How To: Aerial View Site Plan Tutorial With Only Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]


Throughout, this 18-minute tutorial, the presenter reviews the steps for making an aerial, satellite view site plan by only using Photoshop. The clouds, surprisingly, provide dynamic depth and add to the overall feel.

Related Article: 7 Top Photoshop Tutorials for Digital Rendering 

It’s no secret, technology has and will continue to change and impact the design industry. This thought-provoking opinion piece about augmented reality (AR) illustrates several key takeaways. Ultimately, ever-evolving technology can be shaped to benefit everyone, but it’s up to “us” to take the lead and free those trapped in their own AR.

Related Article: The Value of Advancing Technology for Landscape Architects

WATCH >>> The future of augmented reality

While Vancouver was recently cited as a model urban forest by the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Simone Borelli, this approach is gaining traction in the developing world too. In Kumasi, Ghana the city launched an urban forestry project two years ago. It’s end goal, to educate children and assist with the planting efforts of over a million trees by 2017.

According to the FAO’s new Sustainable Development Goals, “robust urban tree cover can create employment, filter drinking water, remove pollution, lessen energy costs, increase mental well-being and much more…”

Related Article: What Makes a Biophilic City?

This beautifully illustrated and groundbreaking publication covers the full range of Burle Marx’s artistic output, as well as his remarkable home, an abandoned estate that he transformed into his office, workshop, gallery, and living space. The enduring influence of Burle Marx’s work is also explored through interviews with seven contemporary artists: Juan Araujo, Paloma Bosquê, Dominique González-Foerster, Luisa Lambri, Arto Lindsay, Nick Mauss, and Beatriz Milhazes. These artists exemplify the extent to which his work continues to be a source of inspiration.”

Related Article: 8 Amazing Facts About Burle Marx That You Didn’t Know

As part of the 50 Parks Initiative in Los Angeles, the LA-based design firm of Brooks + Scarpa has unveiled their proposal for the city’s future FAB Civic Center Park. Highlighted by an event center covered in meandering swaths of green turf, the two-acre space is located across the street from Los Angeles City Hall.

The city has a unique opportunity to design and construct an iconic park project in the Los Angeles Civic Center, that will augment the adjacent Grand Park, incorporate uses that bring life to the area (such as restaurant and public art installation),” said Brooks + Scarpa.

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