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...who couldn't use another source of information/
inspiration about new tools or new techniques to
minimize the more mundane task, if not expand our
view of the ever-changing world?

Now There's The Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture
So, why would I be weighing in on a journal that " addresses all
aspects of digital technologies, applications, information, and
knowledge bases in research, education, and practice pertaining
to landscape architecture and related fields " ? When asked to
review the Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, or JoDLA,
an open access publication since 2016, my first reaction was to
determine if there was any immediate connection with what I do.
In general, the range of JoDLA articles are " original works that
have not and will not appear elsewhere, " and are reviewed by an
editorial board made up of renowned professionals. As the web
site states: " The journal publishes original papers that address
theoretical and practical issues, innovative developments,
methods, applications, findings, and case studies that are drawn
primarily from work presented at the annual international Digital
Landscape Architecture conference. Its intent is to encourage the
broad dissemination of these ideas, innovations, and practices. "
Now, while I am less enthused about pursuing topics such as
" Cybernetic Ground, Algorithmic Design " and " Analysis and
Geodesign Approaches, " I was intrigued by others.
For those of us who remember the use of tethered balloons to
shoot aerial photographs, the appeal of drones has become an
extremely alluring tool. Not surprisingly, the section entitled
" Drone/UAV Imagery and Uses " covers a range from use in
academia to the monitoring of parks to the generation of high
resolution 3D maps for landscape planning and design.
And again, as one who remembers " constructing " 3D
perspectives, the technology that exists today as presented in the
" Visualization and Animation of Landscapes " section has forever
reduced ambiguity in honestly portraying these ever-dynamic
environments. This category offered papers on everything
from 3D point cloud simulation to wind simulation to pedestrian
simulations.
Furthermore, in our unsettled COVID-19 world, the next best
thing may simply be the future of " Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual
Reality (VR), and Immersive Environments. " While many will,
in due time, enjoy the freedom and benefits of travel, for those

less fortunate, levelling the playing field in terms of " alternative
experiences " regardless of socioeconomic/geographic place is
aspirational.
And while I am prone to deriding tweets and Instagram posts -
how much is too much? - the fact that many are now mapping
landscape values with social media (which resonates with my
work), and " Telling the Story of a Landscape Plan Online " should
be reason enough to explore the papers under " Social Media in
Landscape Architecture " on the JoDLA website.
There are also explorations into the realms of " Mobile Devices, "
the " Internet-of-Things, " and " Smart Systems, " as well as " Data
Science and Landscape Information Modelling. " The " Teaching
of Digital Landscape Architecture " and " Digital Landscape
Architecture in Practice " are also covered.

The Existential Threat
I have been using this term a lot lately, whether about politics or
about projects with which I am involved but which seem to be
going off in less than satisfactory directions. Surely, the larger
and more terrifying existential threat of our age is that of climate
change and the resultant outcomes of more dramatic climate
events, rising sea levels and the like. The JoDLA summarily
responds to this through its section, " Digital Landscape
Architectural Responses to Climate Change. " Subjects such as
coastal storm events, resilient community design, and even the
design of bio-shelters, should be of interest to all who agonize as to
what will be the legacy we leave for future generations.
For those in academia, it is likely apparent that the JoDLA
addresses topics that have typically fallen between the disciplinary
cracks of traditional research journals for landscape architecture.
Furthermore, that such a publication addresses such a wide range
of subjects in a topical and timely manner, is more than welcome.
So, in responding to the question " Is the JoDLA worth looking
at? " I would proffer an emphatic yes! And take that from the
unabashedly avowed " conservation " professional that I am.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2021

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 - OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
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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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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - INTERVIEW
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