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FOCUS

By wearing the
VR headset
with earphones,
our clients can
be in a totally
immersive
environment
walk-through
of the design
as if they were
actually at
the site.

11

It is our experience that AR and VR has
greatly assisted clients in making quick
and confident decisions. We were clients
ourselves when it came to designing and
renovating our own office. We used both
AR and VR to discuss design issues from
lighting, colour and pattern of the carpet,
wall colours, room size and separations, etc.
Our office has also delevoped rendering
styles to suit each project phase to balance
client receptiveness with internal staff
resources. For example, we use a loose
watercolour style and sketchy line types
3D models and/or hand sketches for
representing early design concepts (Fig. 10).
We find the looseness of the graphic style
helps our client to " breathe into " the design
at the early stage. As the design refines
further, so does the more sophisticated 3D
model detail and design style. We tend to
use a " photoreal, " physical-based rendering
(PBR) style for our final presentation
where all design materials are rendered
and behave based on real world materials
(Fig. 11). Using PBR at the end of the
project helps our clients to reflect upon the
various design decisions and aligns with the
design direction.

12, 13

We can summarize our virtualization
journey as follows:
*	 Our vision in the virtualization of our
design process is evolving and adapting all
the time as new technologies arise. There
is always a research and development
process in every step in exploring these
techniques in our process. In most cases,
these are not " off the shelf " applications
and take time to employ unless a
specialist is hired.
*	 Hand sketching is always essential
in a design communication process
in our LANDinc office. Despite the
advanced technologies we have in the
office, hand sketching (pen and marker
on paper or using stylus on pressure
sensitive drawing tablet) is our common
denominator. While some have ventured
away from this essential art, technology
is allowing hand drawing to become
more relevant again making it easier to
transition hand ideas into real models
and the built environment. These hightech tools still make use of the unique
and subliminal engagement of the handeye-mind process. Such a process makes

a designer think about the design while
they are sketching - lines, forms, shades
and shadow, volume of space, etc.
*	 All of the tools and techniques for our
design and design communication come
from a deliberate integration of both
conventional and digital worlds. We never
disregard either because they are all
" tools. " We maximize and combine the
benefits together to produce effective
results. It is a " combine and conquer "
attitude rather than hand " versus " digital.
*	 We are advancing the use of 3D models
much earlier in our design process, rather
than the conventional way of using 3D
just for impressive rendering. We find
that even at early concept stage, a simple
3D model provides important real-time
feedback to our design team for assessing
early design ideas and to check for any
potential design flaws/issues. We can
tackle them earlier, rather than realizing
and fixing them later on in the process,
hence minimizing design revisions.

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TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
3D FAX MACHINES
LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
CRITIQUE
INTERVIEW
FORUM
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - 3D FAX MACHINES
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
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