Perceptually Accurate Landscape Renderings with SketchUp Part I

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In the last ten years, visualization methods for landscape architecture have progressed from the pursuit of photorealistic renderings, which accurately represent the elements and details of a landscape, to the use of freeform collages created to express the “mood” of a landscape. Creating a photorealistic rendering can be very time consuming and complex and the results can appear “too perfect” and lacking in emotion, not really communicating the intent of the design or place. Meanwhile, freeform collages can take hours in Photoshop and are often over stylized and cliché in their appearances; moreover, they have no real resemblance to the landscape that they are intended to represent or usefulness as a means to communicate the organization and articulation of a place.
Having said that, the ideal representation of a proposed landscape should be able to communicate both the concrete and experiential qualities of a place; it should be perceptually accurate and understandable by both laypeople and professionals. Fortunately, there are powerful tools for SketchUp that are easy to use, and allow a user to do just that without spending hours in Photoshop. This workshop will present and demonstrate the principles and techniques that will allow a user to quickly and easily create effective renderings that communicate the detail and emotion of a place directly within SketchUp.
This is a two-part workshop from 9:50AM – 12:00PM and 2:00 – 4:30PM for a total of 4.5 hours.
Atlantic City, NJ
Distance Learning
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Technology / CADD / GIS
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Understand how to apply these tools to effectively convey design intent and spatial experience to clients, communities, and consultants in order to facilitate the design, review, and construction process.
2. Understand why neither “photorealistic” renderings nor “freeform collages” are the most effective or appropriate renderings for communicating design concepts and solutions.
3. Understand how specific plugins for SketchUp provide the ability to create perceptually accurate renderings, without post-processing in Photoshop.
4. Understand the role of parametrics, proxies, materials, and lighting in the efficient creation of perceptually accurate renderings that represent the variability and “imperfections” in the natural and built environments.
SPEAKER: Timothy Johnson, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture – The Pennsylvania State University Tim Johnson is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Penn State. Tim’s expertise includes graphic design, computer/human interface des
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