I have two kids, ages almost 6 and 3, and while they love reading books, I enjoy reading their books as much if not more than they do. I love the nostalgia and silliness of Dr.… Continue
Added by Amanda Walter on December 11, 2012 at 1:30pm —
This week was busier than I would have liked, what with tax day and Portal 2. I did want to give you a quick progress update however.
I tweaked some of the major areas in my deck and public turf area, refining shapes, and moving the parking slightly. The combination of the changes create spaces that are more vibrant, draw your eye towards the areas you want to look, and have good spaces created for gardening and herbs (Sea Foam Green).…
Added by Frank Varro on April 20, 2011 at 1:15pm —
Now that I have a site and a client, the first thing to do is to walk the site, and create a site analysis based on what the client needs and what the site and borrowed landscape provides. My first cut at the site analysis stayed at a large scale and was somewhat bold.
This analysis was made with Sharpies on a trace sheet laid over the base map, and serves as a first… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on April 11, 2011 at 2:51pm —
Recently, as I have continued my search for full-time employment, I've forced myself to take another look at myself in terms of what I can do to improve my chances in the hyper-competitive job market of today. Without boring you with the full list, I'll just say that I figured out a way to kill two birds with one stone.
Starting today, I am going to run my own design studios. I'm going to run it similar to how some of my MLA studios were. I have 6 weeks to go from site visit to… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on April 4, 2011 at 7:49am —
While details are essential to getting places right, sometimes where they are on the rural to urban spectrum and the classical to vernacular spectrum aren't fully appreciated.
One of the few non-April-Fools blog posts, Scott Doyon talks details,
"Acknowledging the challenge that, even though…
Added by Hazel Borys on April 1, 2011 at 11:58am —
A few weeks ago I posted a blog asking for critiques on some 3D models components I had made. I posted it on IGN, Wordpress, and Land8Lounge. The response was fairly low, and I tried posting it as a… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on January 24, 2011 at 7:23pm —
One of the fairly unique features of this site is the granite outcropping that runs along its eastern edge. Giving a feature like this both realism and readability is something that requires multiple
layers of textures, with manual manipulation required to give it an
organic, natural feel.
I am again using a photo I took as the base for my granite material. This… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on July 20, 2010 at 9:08pm —
Dirt is one material that, while rarely fully exposed, is often a base material that other elements are placed over. Many times these elements will have gaps between them where there is exposed dirt, whether it be in a mulch-less planting bed, or in areas like a dense forest as we have here. You cold also combine the dirt with another layer of material, like a scattered moss or leaf-litter, to add some depth and realism. I have used this in 3D models before with good results, but in a 2D… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on May 25, 2010 at 6:00pm —
As it is with many things, my technique for turf, and the similar techniques I use for other materials, were born of other needs. Namely, I hated the way my turf looked in 3D renderings. You could use a created texture, but it never looked organic. You could use a photo, but you got TERRIBLE tiling effects. You could do a slight color overlay to soften the impact of the tiling, but the color was always off, and you would lose to much of the internal texture. I tried all of these, before… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on May 18, 2010 at 7:34am —
When starting a digital rendering, just like with a hand rendering, the first step is always to create the lines you are going to render within. Generally people use lines directly taken from AutoCAD for digital renderings as these are the "cleanest" lines, and allow for some shortcuts such as exporting each area as its own file.
This method, which I have used often, involves turning every layer off… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on May 11, 2010 at 3:00pm —
After about a week and a half of fine tuning techniques, taking tens of photos for reference use, and taking hundreds of screen shots, my relaunch of Tutorial Tuesday is imminent. This time, I am adding a twist to the formula. Last year, I came up with the idea of doing the tutorials based on a single project, and walking you through my process. This started with my SketchUp models. Unfortunately, soon after I began making the project model, intended to be a base for a new website, I decided… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on May 4, 2010 at 9:49am —
For my Vertical Studio class at Ohio State, I'm being asked to give a presentation on 'the Future of Landscape Architecture'
Anybody out there know of any articles, websites, journals, blogs, etc on this topic. It could be from the most academic to outrageous, or just share your thoughts.
Thanks, Michael Todoran
Added by Michael Todoran on April 30, 2010 at 6:20am —
Sorry for the break in my posting schedule, After the ASLA conference I was in bunker-mode finishing my thesis project, which I successfully defended at the end of October! So, now that I only have a few edits left before publishing, I am going to get back into the groove. The thing I am wondering is, what do you want to see posts about? I have tweaked my photoshop rendering methods based on my 3D Studio Max work, so do you want to see more posts about plan renders? or are you more curious… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on November 14, 2009 at 10:51am —
Each year the American Society of Landscape Architects has an annual meeting, and this year it was in Chicago. I've gone to three of the last four, and must say that this was one of the most enjoyable weekends. Some of that may be caused by my circumstances surrounding each meeting. (Minneapolis I was still in Grad School and a week from presentations, so my mind wasn't fully there; San Fransisco I had just graduated and had an interview set up that I was to busy freaking out about to enjoy… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on September 22, 2009 at 8:31am —
As many Landscape Architects are well aware, the ASLA national meeting is in a few weeks in Chicago. I've gone to four of the last five meetings, and highly recommend attendance to all professionals and students at least once. The networking opportunities are amazing, as you can find yourself sitting at lunch next to your state's ASLA trustee, and sitting in an education session next to the principal at the firm you've always wanted to work at. You can also join one of the national committees,… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on September 2, 2009 at 6:00am —
Now that you have a completed CAD base map, with all of the elevation edits needed, you have just one final step before you can Import your design into SketchUp. If you used a construction line hidden layer, turn it on, and every other layer off. Then delete all information off of the trace layer, and delete the trace layer itself. The main reason to do this is because when CAD files are imported into SketchUp, if a line exists in the same spot on two different layers, the line will be assigned… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on August 25, 2009 at 7:30pm —
The first thing you have to figure out when you want to make a 3D model for a rendering is if you really want a 3D model rendering. This decision is similar to the question of if you want a hand rendered plan or a Photoshop plan. There are of course aesthetic reasons involved. Both can work extremely well, and look amazing, but by understanding your client, your design, and the look you will get from either method of rendering you can make the choice of which is best for you on a given… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on August 11, 2009 at 9:40pm —
Ive recently been spending a lot of time reading the “design” section of The Moment Blog from the New York Times. I am always pleasantly surprised in the diversity of subjects that this newspaper addition seems to cover. Unfortunately, I had to unsubscribe to their twitter feed lest someone think I was obsessed with new additions from Armani and the latest Prada purse off the line. They have done a good job, however, in reporting on the South’s… Continue
Added by Benjamin Boyd on July 17, 2009 at 10:05am —
Washington, D.C. – July 13, 2009
– Feeling the effects of the struggling overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 16 percent in 2009 and drop by another almost 12 percent in 2010 in inflation adjusted terms. Commercial… Continue
Added by Land8 on July 15, 2009 at 5:30pm —
One of the things that most people can get to look pretty decent, but not great, is wood decking. Unlike wetlands its not one of those things that, when done wrong, looks like something fundamentally different, but being able to create a deck that really shines without spending a ton of time on it really can make a great touch.
Step 1:Paint Outside the Lines
This is a very familiar step, select and area larger then the deck itself. You need the extra room to allow… Continue
Added by Frank Varro on July 14, 2009 at 12:00pm —