dialogue #09 ‘plane landscapes’

'plane landscapes'


With the help of a map, one gets orientation and can define its own position within its surrounding and (urban) landscape. Before digitalization, schools used big maps (being an printed object) to show kids in an overall view where they are living within the world and what the neighbors are (beside also forming a nationalistic identity). So this ist the first time a kid gets a picture of the world, everybody is talking about, and starts differentiating between landscape, urban space and nature space. So I used these old school maps to make my own new pictures and see what they show us today, or what kind of pictures they can give us today. This screenshot shows my own playground, with different pictures, still open in which directions it goes.

21.01.2018 Zürich


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Adjacent to the world – like ours

Lumion is a rendering package that is accessible, fast and easy to use, becoming commonplace in many architecture, urbanism and landscape offices for its speed and simplicity as a means of communicating design proposals though stills, 360° panoramas and animation. Where many views of potential futures are collaged using rendered scenes with images from a plethora of sources within Photoshop’s layered two-dimensional plane, programmes such as Lumion use clearly defined options and a library of up to 4,395 models which can be arranged in the three-dimensional simulated space of the programme to proclaim a new reality, or represent our own. This three dimensional simulation and its accompanying tools and library is in itself a constructed space with its own logic and limitations. In seeking to quickly communicate clearly and accurately through multiple frames of an animation, or interactive views, we adopt tools that carry their own compromise; material surfaces are optimised for processing speed and the limited catalogues become the language and the content of a proposal. In the pursuit of clarity, representation becomes the selection of an approximation, from a pre-determined, fixed and limited field. Something adjacent to what it was meant to be.

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