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Modeling the Environment: Techniques and Tools for the 3D Illustration of Dynamic Landscapes [Paperback]

by Bradley Cantrell, Natalie Yates
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Book Description

March 27, 2012 0470902949 978-0470902943 1

A single-source guide to harnessing the power of 3D visualization tools for analysis and representation of landscapes

Current technology allows designers to model environmental phenomena and space in new and exciting ways that go beyond the two-dimensional plane. The models, illustrations, and animations that can be created usher in a new paradigm of landscape representation that can become analytical tools as well as beautiful imagery. The text focuses on digital modeling methods that can be used to express rich environments using digital tools to develop, composite, and animate scenes.

This full-color book provides coverage of 3D visualization tools for land planning and landscape architecture. The methods and theories in Modeling the Environment present landscape representation around a core set of ideas—scene, object, terrain, environment/atmosphere, time/dynamics, and the composite—that centers representation on human experience. Supported by, a website offering tutorials and forums, the text shows you how to use Autodesk 3ds Max to create dynamic landscape environments while also referring to a range of other tools including Google SketchUp, Autodesk Maya, and AutoCAD Civil 3D. It also demonstrates how to integrate 3D visualization tools into existing workflows, and offers critical coverage of intelligent drawings and representations, giving you a glimpse at the future of the profession. This book:

  • Includes sections intended to build upon one another in order to understand the environment as a composite representation of multiple systems interacting

  • Shows how to integrate 3D visualization tools into existing workflows, as opposed to offering an entirely new workflow

  • Emphasizes modeling, animation, and simulation as both design analysis tools and presentation tools

Modeling the Environment is essential reading for professionals in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, architecture, and related disciplines who are looking to be at the forefront of technology.

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About the Author

Bradley Cantrell is Principal and Partner at Visual Logic, Inc.; Partner at LND Digital Workshop, Digital Media Training and Consulting; and Associate Professor in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. He is the coauthor of Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture (Wiley). Natalie Yates is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470902949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470902943
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Landscape Architects and Students January 28, 2013
I have found Modeling the Environment to be a unique and invaluable resource for landscape architecture students in understanding computer visualization. As a landscape architecture instructor who has taught 3D Landscape Modeling courses for more than seven years, I particularly value the step-by-step tutorials that are included in almost every chapter of the book. One particularly valuable chapter for my students has been the one focused on topography. Many of my students have struggled with this topic. Since bringing this book into my classroom, my students have been able to master the topic much more quickly and expertly. The book also does an excellent job of introducing material use, lighting, image composition, and animation. In addition to the book's technical instruction, it also delves into methods for incorporating computer visualization into the workflow of landscape architects. The book is also connected to a helpful resource website, [...] which provides additional tutorials, forums, and other materials to help both teachers and students. It's a great book and I highly recommend it for 3D visualization classes in landscape architecture programs and landscape architects who aim to excel in 3D representation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginners June 4, 2012
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This text was disappointing. There is a general lack of good books on natural environment modeling and texturing techniques for film and 3D illustration, as a result I was looking forward to this purchase. The index preview looked promising, unfortunately nothing new beyond the most basic concepts. Use displacement maps for terrains, learn to model a tree branch with poly extrude, use billboard for background trees, etc. All this info is available for free on the net. On a positive note, the kindle edition is very well done, the illustrations are plaisant, and the text easy to read. If you are a beginner and have $50 burning your pocket go for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars unexpected November 28, 2012
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The book is too academic for my expectation. Im looking for a more of a kind instructional book on this matter.
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