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23-Jan-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 a redesign of a downtown Indianapolis plaza, highlight plans for Dubai’s Hyperloop, and examine a professor’s impressive urban life study (from above). Additionally, we showcase a book about the key components to successful projects, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a clever guide on how to make a perspective view diagram without the use of a 3D model.

Latest News Landscape Architecture:

  • Google Earth Architecture Illustration-Architectural Presentation- Photoshop Only [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • City Unveils Plans for City-County Building Plaza Revamp
  • Penda Designs Modular Wooden “Village” for Beijing Horticultural Expo
  • Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes [Book Review of the Week]
  • Top Five Garden Design Trends to Look Out for in 2017
  • 10 Questions With…Margie Ruddick
  • Amazon’s Spheres: Lush Nature Paradise to Adorn $4 Billion Urban Campus
  • Professor Studies Urban Life from Window Seat
  • Knight Cities Challenge Finalists Include Urban Beach, Civic Engagement, and Activated Green Spaces
  • Plans for Dubai Hyperloop A Big Step in Future Transportation

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Google Earth Architecture Illustration-Architectural Presentation- Photoshop Only [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]

WATCH >>> Google Earth Architecture Illustration -Architectural Presentation- Photoshop Only

Throughout, this 11-minute tutorial, the presenter reviews the steps for making a diagram in perspective view by only using Google Earth imagery and Photoshop. Perhaps the most impressive aspect is that no three-dimensional model was used!

Related Article: 10 of The Best Photoshop Tutorials on YouTube for Landscape Architects

A redesign of the downtown Indianapolis plaza known as the City-County Building Plaza has been in the works for over two years and last Thursday the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD), alongside the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority and Core Planning Strategies, and lead designer Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA) unveiled project details to the public.

REA’s plans call for a balanced approach, featuring open space and programmed areas. From an event lawn, capable of holding 1,500 people, to an interactive fountain, and an expansive shade canopy with leisure swings—the redesign is certain to offer something for all. Per the DMD, construction is expected to start this summer and it will take nearly a year to complete.

To view more renderings, click here.

Proposed City-County Building Plaza Plan Credit: Rundell Ernstberger Associates

Click Image to Enlarge | Proposed City-County Building Plaza Plan Credit: Rundell Ernstberger Associates

Penda has announced plans to design a network of modular building blocks at the International Horticultural Expo 2019 in Beijing. This 30,000 square-meter exhibition space is unique because both the inside and outside of the structure will be enjoyed by visitors.

The pavilion was designed as a network of small scale units,” said Chris Precht (architect at Penda). “It was a core feature to avoid a large, iconic structure that covers a majority of the land. Rather, we wanted to create a village-like typology that can be explored by the visitors.

Wild by Design defines and explains the five fundamental strategies Ruddick employs, often in combination, to give life, beauty, and meaning to landscapes: Reinvention, Restoration, Conservation, Regeneration, and Expression. Drawing on her own projects—from New York City’s Queens Plaza, formerly a concrete jungle of traffic, to a desertscape backyard in Baja, California, to the Living Water Park in Chengdu, China—she offers guidance on creating beautiful, healthy landscapes that successfully reconnect people with larger natural systems.

Related Article: 10 Practices Showing That “Sustainability” is More Than Just a Buzzword!

Recognizing that garden design is heavily influenced by interior trends, experts have assembled a list to keep a watch out for in 2017. From the modern rustic design style to retro vibes, which encompass a diverse set of colors and patterns, and layering borrowed from traditional Japanese and Chinese garden design—it will be exciting to witness how these trends are applied to projects.

Related Article: 4 Awesome Projects for Small Garden Design Inspiration

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News report by Brett Lezon

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