20 October 2014

Spatial dimensions of ebola

As the conversation about Ebola continues to mature at a relatively slow rate I found myself looking for some maps that would help me understand the problem a little better and found these from the UN's WHO.

But the CDC had a fairly different looking map that showed all of the African outbreaks since 1976:

National Geographic has time-lapse maps that document the speed at which the epidemic has spread.

This is clearly a spatial epidemic, but one that has more than one mappable dimension.

17 October 2014

2014 Steve Strom Memorial Lecture

2014 Steve Strom Memorial Lecture
Susan K. Weiler, RLA, FASLA

Since joining OLIN nearly 30 years ago, Susan Weiler has risen to prominence in the field of landscape architecture as a designer, speaker and writer. Her expertise in interfacing with complex engineering systems and construction technologies has applied to projects of myriad locales and typologies, including the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany; the Mission Bay Master Plan in San Francisco, California; LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is currently leading OLIN’s design for Dilworth Plaza on the west side of Philadelphia’s historic City Hall. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now a longstanding faculty member.

She has lectured widely, including talks at the TEDx lecture series and panels at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference. Susan is co-author of the book Green Roof Systems: A Guide for the Planning, Design and Construction of Landscapes over Structure, which has become a primary resource on the topic of green roof design for landscape architects, architects and engineers.

Cook Campus Center, Multipurpose Room C Fall 2014 Common Lectures

10 October 2014

Open Houses and such

If you are interested in Geodesign you might want to check out the Philadelphia U. open house on November 1 where you can check out their program. Details here.

If you are interested in a Masters in Landscape Architecture you should try Rutgers' Open House on Saturday November 8th

09 October 2014

Sad discovery in remote sensing

The BBC reports on how remote sensing is being used to look at the loss of Syrian heritage sites. They include before and after images of UNESCO World Heritage sites that are devastated by the war. Not a fun story, but a revealing look at distant events.

08 October 2014

Geodesign videos

One of the benefits of having Esri sponsor the Geodesign Summits is that there is a world-class video recording system built into the meeting room. The results is that I can easily share a few of my favorite talks.

There is a large library of videos on geodesign at Esri but also a decent number on YouTube.
Watch Arizona's Ryan Perkl show how geodesign can transform ecological design of wildlife corridors:

Or, watch the director of SOM's Black Box demonstrate the potential for parametric design of entire sections of a city.
If you dig around you can find quite a few of Carl Steinitz's geodesign presentations

And although they are a little long, the Bran Ferren videos are always a hit:

Talking about megacities

As an aside I will be mentioning some instant city and megacity issues to the students in our intro studio. You (and they) may find it interesting to read about some of the vacant instant cities that have been built but left unfilled. A few years ago National Geographic took a look at the instant cities phenomenon.

I have never visited one of the modern instant cities but I certainly have been to a megacity: Seoul. See below.

Sleepy paradise

For yet another reason, the North Woods of Wisconsin look like a paradise to me.