VIDEO | Christophe Girot, “Topology: On Sensing and Conceiving Landscape”


Harvard GSD recently posted a lecture by Christophe Girot titled “Topology: On Sensing and Conceiving Landscape”. An lecture that will intrigue students and professionals interested in Visualisation and Computer Modelling. Girot shows various projects, processes and the tools (Terrestial Laser Scanners, Point Cloud, Rhino, GIS, etc) used to create models of existing and proposed landscapes around the world.

The invention of landscape has always oscillated between a history of beliefs in nature, with its many representations, and a history of terrain measurements through various techniques of appropriation. In his talk, Christophe Girot will consider the longstanding balance between culture and its instruments for sensing and conceiving a landscape, noting that the particular representation of landscape that we hold true today has roots in the dialogue between ars and techne that has characterized every epoch. The aim of this talk and discussion is to open a window on topology’s shifting point of view with regard to this form of interdependence that will considerably affect our ability to act and perform effectively on landscape’s reality.

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The presence of absence in the public park of De Panne

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De Panne is a small town situated at the west end of the Belgian coast on the border with France. For many centuries it was nothing more than a fishing village, but with the romantic revolution of the mid-19th century, the town began attracting aristocratic and bourgeois tourists.
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Kai Tak Fantasy Competition Winner announced

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Mr. Paul Chan, Secretary for Development and Head Juror of the Kai Tak Fantasy International Ideas Competition, announced the results at the Award Ceremony on 14 November 2014. Upon the thorough consideration by the Jury Panel during the final adjudication, Entry C Kai Tak 2.0: Healthy Lift Off (啟德 2.0: 健康啟航) was selected as the winning entry.

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The Don Valley Brickworks Quarry Garden Observation Deck | Toronto, Canada | The Planning Partnership

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In 2011 a large storm water outlet and chamber was installed at the southwest trailhead in the Don Valley Brickworks; which created an unwelcoming presence at one of the most used entrances into the Quarry Gardens. The Planning Partnership was retained to design a gateway feature that would camouflage the storm water outlet and chamber, provide a comfortable seating area and act as destination. The resulting  observation deck seamlessly hides the storm water outlet and chamber and establishes a welcoming entrance for visitors.

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Dinton Pastures Nature Play Space | Wokingham, UK | Davies White Landscape Architects

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Giant nest towers, wigwams, monkey ropes, funnel trap nests, secret hobbit holes and giant swinging and climbing logs are some of the exciting new play features included in Davies White Landscape Architects latest destination nature play space at Dinton Pastures Country Park near Wokingham.
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