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- 23 Photoshop Shortcuts Tips and Tricks [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
WATCH >>> 23 Photoshop Shortcuts Tips and Tricks
This 12-minute tutorial is super informative and everyone who wants to become a real fast and professional photoshopper should definitely watch this! It starts with teaching you the very basics tips and tricks to help with the workflow and moves on to more advanced tips and tricks. Something for everyone!
If money were no object, what would the ideal city of the future look like? This is question has been answered by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) with a spectacular masterplan and design for a new city in Malaysia; the Forest City. The masterplan shows a total development of a 20-kilometer smart green city, the site being 24 hectares. The Forest City will be built around a central rainforest and imitate the forest’s ecosystem by adopting a closed-loop system that reuses all its resources and controls out-flow.
A small group of environmentally-minded Denver residents want to place an initiative on the November ballot to require buildings above a certain size to turn a portion of their rooftops into gardens.
Denver has the third most intense heat island effect of major American cities, with the average difference between urban and rural areas over a 10 year period running at almost 5 degrees. Only Las Vegas and Albuquerque are worse.
Brandon Rietheimer, an organizer with the Denver Green Roof Initiative, says “green roofs have been shown to reduce urban heat islands and improve stormwater management. They also insulate roofs and help buildings be more energy efficient”.
- Unspoken Spaces: Studio Olafur Eliasson, Thames and Hudson, 2016 [Book Review of the Week]
“Unspoken Spaces is a richly illustrated journey through spheres, tunnels, towers, walkways and archways, as well as pavilions and larger buildings realized by artist Olafur Eliasson and his studio since the late 1990s. Binding the spiralling dynamic of these works are essays by renowned writers across a variety of fields, from geologists and historians of art and science to architects, artists, and philosophers. The works range from art installations to striking buildings, such as the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 in London (with Kjetil Thorsen) and Your Rainbow Panorama in Aarhus, Denmark, and the crystalline facade for Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, each presented through in-depth project descriptions alongside Eliasson’s own thoughts”.
You might ask yourself, what can a maze tell us about city planning? You’ve probably found yourself lost in a city at some point, and from the perspective of architecture and urban design we want to avoid accidentally creating mazes. Trying to figure out which way is out of a maze can be fun, but it’s not necessarily something we want in our daily lives, we just want to walk the shortest route to work.
An architectural theorist, Bill Hillier, observed back in the 1980’s that a lot of the socially-problematic housing estates appeared to be somewhat “maze-like” in their layout. So, the big question is; how do we actually measure the “maze-iness” of a place, and how do we avoid this in order to create functional neighborhoods?
WATCH >>> Bill Hillier Tomorrow’s World
More Top Stories in the News This Week
- Urban farming in suburban Phoenix becomes the basis for an entire community hub: archpaper
- GSAPP is taking its students out of New York and up the river for innovative urban design: archpaper
- Street trees critical to creating healthy urban communities: Prolandsaper
- The Danish landscape architect firm SLA signing the final contract for REINVENT.PARIS TERNES : SLA
- How Hongkongers’ tweets are helping architects to improve urban designs: South China Morning Post
- How a Smart University Design Can Help Revitalize a City: Co.Exist
News report by Irene Crowo Nielsen