Energy Explorer

January 11th, 2015
Energyexplorer is a website that comes out of research at UBC Vancouver aimed at building public energy literacy. By interacting with highly visual and contextually relevant information, Metro Vancouver citizens are encouraged to uncover how energy is an intricate part of their community. From a technical point of view, the resolution of the data is extraordinary which I think became possible through using LiDAR data. Furthermore, I’m very impressed with the fantastic representation on top of a topographic basemap.

Energy Explorer

Rory Toke, the main developer behind the Energy Explorer, is also running a blog intended for those people interested in tracking the progress and participating in the development of the Community Energy Explorer project. Find his blog at or now in our blogroll on the right.

Elvis’ 80th birthday

January 11th, 2015

Graceland: This January 8th, Elvis Presley, who inspired the name of this blog, would have his 80th birthday. His fans will always remember him and his birthday was celebrated around the globe. Happy Birthday Elvis! ;-)


November 27th, 2014

Last week, VisAdapt, a web-tool to assist Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) home owners to adapt to climate change, has been launched. It is developed within the Nordic Centre of Excellence Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research (Nord-star).You just type in the address of your house and choose the characteristics/building materials of your house and the tool will give you an estimate of regional climate change predictions for your region and how your house will perform under those conditions.

If you would like to give it a try, please visit:

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Review of mapping software for landscape purposes

November 19th, 2014

Please have a look at the following blog post, in which Rory Toke from the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is reviewing various mapping software packages. Most helpful!

CALP 2014

CALP 2014

Digital Landscape Architecture DLA2014 in Zurich

July 4th, 2014
Juergen Doellner (2014): Service-Oriented Geovisualization for Geodesign

Juergen Doellner (2014): Service-Oriented Geovisualization for Geodesign

This year, the Digital Landscape Architecture (DLA) conference celebrated its anniversary. For its anniversary, DLA had picked a special place – the HIT Lab at ETH in Zurich. Among the many very good presentations, workshops and keynotes, I would like to point you to a couple of keynotes addressing new technological advances in the field of landscape visualization:

Marc Pollefeys:
Using Photographs to Build and Augment 3D Models

Jürgen Döllner: Service-Oriented Geovisualization for Geodesign
Service-Oriented Geovisualization for Geodesign

If you follow the link below, you will be able to watch all other keynotes as video streams:

Future is all change with digital technology

April 4th, 2014

As part of the Landscape Futures lecture series, organised by the Landscape Institute, digital technologies were the topic in March. From the press release:

“Digital technology is altering all aspects of landscape, according to speakers at the most recent Landscape Futures debate, ‘How will the digital future affect the urban landscape?. It is affecting the way that landscape architects design, the way that they gather information and the way that people use the landscape.

Sophie Thompson, a director of LDA Design and the main speaker, talked about intelligent space mapping. Information gathered from smartphones for example can be used to understand better how people actually use cities. Projects such as Dublinked make vast amounts of data available for sharing.

Is this valuable for analysis, Thompson asked, or is it information overload? ‘It should enable us to understand more accurately how people perceive, use and move through the public realm and about the environment generally,’ she said. ‘As time goes on these datasets will become more accessible and easy to understand and also the different data sets are starting to be aggregated.’

Read the full article on the Landscape Institute website.

“See the Change” – Article in Landscape Architecture Magazine December 2013 about Climate Change Visioning

January 30th, 2014

On pages 64ff. of its December issue, the Landscape Architecture Magazine LAM is reporting about the Climate Change Visioning work at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning:

New paper about the use of interactive web tools in environmental and landscape planning (open access)

January 23rd, 2014

Sebastian Krätzig and Bartlett Warren-Kretzschmar
Article: Using Interactive Web Tools in Environmental Planning to Improve Communication about Sustainable Development
Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 236-250; doi:10.3390/su6010236

Today’s TED blog: Greg Asner about ecology from the air

November 25th, 2013

Asner is giving various examples for the use of aerial photos and laser scanning data (LiDAR) in ecology, e.g. about the hunting behavior of lions, mapping the loss of forest, airborne taxonomic mapping, carbon mapping and many more. For a text version, please see

Piet Oudolf lecture at University of Sheffield, October 24 2013

November 14th, 2013

Piet Oudolf, the world renowned planting designer has been appointed Visiting Professor of Planting Design at the Department of Landscape, at the University of Sheffield. Piet started his Professorship with a public lecture on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 at the University of Sheffield, showing some of his past and current projects (e.g. the Millennium Park in Chicago or the High Line in New York):