Posted in DETAILS, LAM MAGAZINE, NOW, PRACTICE, RESEARCH, TECH, tagged 3-D Printing, Denver, drones, Jon Altschuld, Lumion, Maps Made Easy, Phantom 4, Samsung Gear VR, Small Firm, technology, THK Associates, virtual reality on March 16, 2017|
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BY DANIEL TAL, ASLA
When it comes to new technologies, small investments can lead to big returns.
As at many small firms, five years ago, the technology in THK Associates’s office mainly consisted of hand-drawn plans, some 3-D modeling, Photoshop, and CAD. Now, the firm is incorporating drones, 3-D printing, and virtual reality into many of its projects. Thanks in large part to Jon Altschuld, ASLA, a landscape architect and project manager at the Denver-based firm, THK is an example of how small firms can integrate new technologies into practice with little overhead.
On a number of recent projects, the firm used drones to collect 3-D terrain data and turn it into high-resolution aerials. Using an application called Maps Made Easy, Altschuld can automate the flight path of the firm’s Phantom 4 drone in as little as 15 minutes. The drone snaps a series of photographs that are then uploaded to Maps Made Easy’s cloud server, (more…)
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Posted in ART, ASLA, AWARDS, CITIES, LAM ONLINE, PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, TRANSPORTATION, tagged Greg Smallenberg, Highway, Infrastructure, Overpass, PFS Studio, Skate Park, Toronto, Underpass Park, virtual reality on February 9, 2017|
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Underpass Park in Toronto is a skatepark and green space huddled under a highway overpass. It’s a kinetic, vibrant place, filled with sculpture installations, street art, the clatter of skateboards on concrete, and the hum of traffic overhead. PFS Studio’s project received a 2016 ASLA Professional Award for its canny reuse of a previously neglected space. And all this makes it a perfect candidate for ASLA’s first virtual reality video. Narrated by Greg Smallenberg, FASLA, principal of PFS Studio, the immersive, 360-degree video is a succinct explanation of virtual reality’s use for landscape designers, and a fun, quirky introduction to landscape architecture for the general public. The video is viewable via a smartphone YouTube app, the Google Chrome browser, or a Samsung Gear VR headset and compatible Samsung phone.
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