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A WRITER’S VIEW | OPINION D’UN ÉCRIVAIN
Each chapter possesses its
own unique atmosphere.
A Visual Collection of Landscape
Nadia Amoroso, Editor
DANIEL ROEHR, CHAPTER CONTRIBUTOR*
REPRESENTING LANDSCAPES INTRODUCES a new methodology
for the study of media techniques for the representation of
landscape architecture. Historically, most pedagogical books on this
subject focused on topics like “how to sketch and draw landscape
architecture”, and were written by one or two authors, with the
intention of teaching skills such as perspective drawing, rendering
techniques and analytical drawing. Those books engaged readers
mainly in drawing exercises, encouraging them to practice diff erent
Editor Nadia Amoroso takes a diff erent approach. She has invited
educators from twenty accredited institutions to take part in her
publication, including Walter Hood (Berkeley), Chris Reed (GSD),
Mikyoung Kim(RSID) and Sean Kelly (University of Guelph). (I am
one such contributor.) The book’s carefully orchestrated content is
therefore a journey through accepted novel representational practices
taught by educators around the world. Representing Landscapes
is the ﬁrst international book of its kind, exhibiting student work
exclusively with supplemental text by their educators.
The book’s layout invites the reader to ﬂip through its pages at
random, but the power and immense variety of media presented
encourages a deeper engagement with the compelling images.
Insightful commentary is provided by the contributors, who explain
each project’s content, assignments, exercises and research
approaches in detail, as well as the theoretical processes behind the
*FULL DISCLOSURE: DANIEL ROEHR, with Matthew Beall, contributed the chapter,
“Envisioning Landscapes”. email@example.com
A RICH CANON OF TECHNIQUES
The strength of the book lies in the effective assembly of diff erent
representational techniques. Each chapter possesses its own unique
atmosphere, in accordance with the media technique presented.
The layout of the book is in itself a lesson in exploring landscape
architecture through representation. Examples reach into the rich
COVER: TOP PASTORAL SCENE OF SANDHILLS SITE (COLLAGE USING PHOTOSHOP),
BY ERIK PRICE BOTTOM LEFT TO RIGHT: 1 RIO GRANDE KAYAK PARK (PERSPECTIVE
PHOTOMONTAGE USING PHOTOSHOP FILTERS + MASKS),BY JOHN OLIVER 2 RELIC
FARMLAND (CHARCOAL DRAWING ON TEXTURED PAPER), BY KAREN MAY
3 WET/DRY, DORMANT/ACTIVE MOUNDS IN DESSERT (DIGITAL FABRICATED
MODEL USING CNC PROCESS + DIGITAL MODEL CREATED IN RHINOCEROS),
BY JOE KUBIK 4 FARMLAND SCENE ALTERNATIVE (ORIGINAL IMAGE #2
TEXTURED IN PHOTOSHOP, BARN REMAINS IN CHARCOAL), BY KAREN MAY
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canon of traditional charcoal drawing techniques, collages and
photography, and tease the mind with state-of-the-art GIS mapping
research examples. Because the book has no structural hierarchy,
the readers are free to take their own reading approach and explore
their own representational style without focussing pedantically on
exercises alone. Many existing instructional books are problematic
in that the exercises are designed to be copied by rote, leaving little
leeway for nurturing creativity.
Representing Landscapes is suggestive rather than prescriptive.
It presents an extensive palette of representational possibilities,
approaches and solutions to solve given problems, without
suggesting a precise method. In this way, it encourages unrestrained
and investigative thought. Moreover, the book presents serious and
complex content, challenging the reader with all facets of media
representation taught in the global community. It is the missing link
in a comprehensive discussion of today’s practice: a must-have for
everyone interested in an overview of media techniques in landscape
architecture worldwide. The book not only raises awareness of how
traditional sketching techniques continue to be relevant today and
how they have merged with contemporary digital techniques, but
it also demonstrates how representational techniques continue to
inﬂuence both the design and perception of landscapes.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2013
Excitable Photons in the Ether | Photons affolés
99 Red Balloons | Light by the Barrel | Something Old, Something New | Cambridge Lights Up | Emptyful
We are Modern Day Lamplighters | Les allumeurs de réverbères modernes ….
The Lights Come Up on 3 Exceptional Landscapes | Les lumières s’allument sur trois paysages exceptionnels
Champ-de-Mars: Shedding Light on History | La lumière au service de l’histoire
To Infinity and Beyond! | Par delà l’infini!
The Gros Morne Challenge | Le défi de Gros-Morne
Cypress Hills: Land of the Living Skies | Cypress Hills : où le ciel s’anime
Urban Parks: To Light or Not to Light? | Parcs urbains : doit-on les éclairer? ….
Lightitude: Lighting Under a Capricious Sky | Lightitude : éclairer sous un ciel capricieux
A Pragmatist’s Guide | Guide pragmatique
Three Riffs on Custom Design | Trois approches du design personnalisé
Seeing Light | Voir la lumière
Representing Landscapes, Ed. Nadia Amoroso.
Game Changers | Nouvelle donne : quatre decennies en lumiere
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