BIM and Landscape Architecture: What, Why, and How?

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Many landscape architects get hung up on the concept of BIM (Building Information Modeling), simply because it contains the word ‘building’. But BIM is really just the next technological progression in the AEC industry. It is a shift from creating printed drawings of the landscape, to creating and coordinating data within a digital model of the landscape. In some ways, the switch to BIM is perhaps more difficult than the switch to CAD because it requires a substantial change in the processes that have been in place since hand drafting.

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Møregaten Pedestrian Street | Møregaten, Norway | Arkitektgruppen Cubus

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Møregaten street is closed for all vehicle traffic, and is used as a playground for the school and kindergarten as well as public recreation. Simple and robust natural materials, old linden trees and new flowering shrubs together with a new sculpted terrain make, what was formerly a dark back street, into an open and inviting public place, despite the fences necessary for safeguarding the children.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park | Philadelphia USA | Groundswell Design Group

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Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) is a temporary intervention that reconnects Philadelphia to an underutilized park on the Delaware River and extends the public green space into the river’s channel. Located at the Christopher Columbus Memorial at Penn’s Landing, SSHP is a true celebration of the Delaware River as a place where fun and recreation meets commerce and industry.

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Otter Street New Public Space | Melbourne Australia | City of Yarra

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This little project is located at a subtly, fantastic site. You would walk straight past it. There was nothing really there. It is located at the corner of Smith Street and Otter Street in Collingwood. Smith Street has an original and colourful character. Despite the recent high house prices, it still attracts a wide mix of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. It is a dynamic street that evolves and changes. It becomes good, and bad and then good again, and somehow also stays the same. It is a much-loved and very well known street in inner Melbourne.
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Tiburon Bay House | Tiburon USA | Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Intent: The client wanted a garden with different outdoor spaces so there would be places to enjoy the view, but also have areas that were shielded from the wind. The lot is steep and fairly large, so large areas were to be natural and low maintenance.  We also wanted to reuse the materials on the site; to minimize and reuse water; and to keep surfaces permeable while creating a natural and modern garden.

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7 Senses Street Day | Brisbane, Australia | Guymer Bailey Landscape

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Gone are the days where kids play in their neighbourhood streets until the street lights come on at night time. The reality is that parents worry, children are timid and cars are fast. As a result, children’s play opportunities within their neighbourhood and socialisation within a residential street are limited, negatively impacting community spirit and capacity for inclusion for people with disability.

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John Street | Toronto Canada | The Planning Partnership

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The John Street corridor is an important cultural link in the City of Toronto. It is home to a number of significant cultural and institutional buildings and serves as a main downtown link for pedestrians. The current public realm is inadequate to accommodate the high volume of pedestrian traffic, patios and various streetscape elements.

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