Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Next Natures- new book

Recently we purchased a copy of Next Natures new book. (See 1st video below)

For those of you who are reading this post but may not be aware of Next Nature , they are are group that may just challenge the way we think about Nature and how humans change it. Their main motto is; "Nature changes along with us".

The book proved to be quite thought provoking, so we decided that we should also do a quick post. The first video is their promo for the book, but the second is one of their most recent lectures with many of the key themes and examples spoken about.
Also if you are interested in this further the web site is here.... Next Nature 

Ad for the book Next Nature 
Next Nature Book Trailer from Next Nature on Vimeo.

Lecture where Koert van Mensvoort argues our notion or nature is radically changing. Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed, they now appear to merge or even trade places. Time to explore how we can design, build and live in a nature caused by people.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

UAV Mapping of Antarctic

Techniques of gathering accurate spatial data as the one of the first steps into understanding a specific landscape and the parts already at play, is extremely important in the genesis of any good design and is a key interest to us at OUTR.
Like some of our previous posts on digital landscapes,  some time ago we came across interesting research by a group called TerraLuma. The team is made up of members with backgrounds mostly in GIS and have been using UAV's they have customised specifically to map and monitor characteristics of an environment.

"One of the key scientific questions this system will allow us to explore is: “How does the information content in imagery and LiDAR data change over a range of spatial scale levels and what measures (texture, spectral, structural) can be used to characterise, map, and monitor the environment at these different scale levels?"

The first UAV
The first point cloud

More recently (since we first saw some of their work) they have updated the UAV and scanning equipment which now enables multispectral, and thermal imagery to be collected using their OktoKopter. 
Also, the projects have become more established with the return of a successful trip to Antarctic where they used the UAV to gather data maps on moss beds in relation to climatic shifts. More here.

 Point cloud of 10,000 points per m2

Friday, August 24, 2012

Digital Detail - London

Some time ago we came across a firm in London that has, and is continuing to update, an extremely high level of detailed in a digital model of London, accurate to within few centimetres.  The company is called Vertex Modelling, and we first learnt about them when reading a interview through CGarchitect with one of their team members, and it is only now that we have our blog up and running again, that we have been able to make this post. (Others we have are also on the way)

The model(s) they have are extensive and are in a constant state of updating with increasingly more detail. Why? We hear you ask, when there are things like googles 3D city? This is perhaps best answered  in a extract of the interview with Vertex themselves when ask the question by CGarchitects.

"We always set out to create a highly detailed and accurate model as we knew that there are companies out there with far greater resources creating city models, however we believe that there is demand for both types of model. For planning purposes accuracy is key and the city models produced by Google and others aren’t of sufficient quality to fit this demand. The technology used by Google is certainly impressive and we are always keen to follow the developments made in this area, however I still feel that the process we use produces superior results."

Another impressive part of the way that the Vertex pipeline works is the way they are already able to envisage the London Sky Line has changed, and are already able to predict the way it will transform into the future.
Their client base also sounds like it has exploded over the last few years, with disciplines like the obvious ones such as planning, right through to VFX companies and film studios. 
Even though they discuss a little bit of their pipeline in the interview, and how they go about collecting the data to make much of the initial model, our guess is that they are also using microcopters to scan a lot of the detail. It does begin to pose very interesting questions surrounding the future of urban form studies and a digital data archive of an entire city mass. 

These are two images that demonstrate the LOD that they have started to integrate into the model(s).

Interested in seeing more of their animations? Visit here

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Future Cities post #2

An update to our previous post........ Jake has kindly shared these images with us from his website. Please visit his site by CLICKING HERE to see more images and information about the model(s)!

Future Cities....

A friend of OUTR's (Jake Lindsay) has just posted an image of him making a gigantour 'future city' model. Part of Terreform ONE Lab . Jake has more images that he will send us, that we will attempt to post.