Sunday, August 31, 2014

CSIRO Drones over Far North Queensland

What can we say, we love drones for purposes like this, and as such, we would like to share some interesting applications and research that is landscape orientated from the CSIRO.



Please also go here which is where we saw the full article:
http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/drone-helicopters-versus-purple-plague-csiro-takes-on-invasive-biosecurity-threat/story-e6frflp0-1227038578344


Friday, August 29, 2014

Sochi abandoned

Similar to our recent post on abandoned post Olympics landscapes. Athens Olympic site over taken by weeds, 10 years on
We read a few days ago about what has happened in Sochi, which was the site of the last Winter Olympics, at a cost of some $57 Billion, and wanted to share some of the eire images.

The purpose-built mountain village of Rosa Khutor had throngs of people walking alongside the river during the Games, while the low building on the right is an exclusive restaurant called The Red Fox which sold single shots of Siberian spring water vodka for $20. Its website says it is currently closed. Source: NewsComAu


Reposted form http://www.news.com.au/sport/more-sports/sochi-winter-olympic-sites-six-months-on-are-empty-and-unloved-way-to-waste-57-billion-vlad/story-fndukor0-1227038992801


Great Tool- photosynth

In our never ending desire to find tools and representational techniques that are capable of re-describing the landscape back to us, we have come across this tool.
Nice one Tec.

Please go here for a play! https://photosynth.net/preview/view/df869f96-2765-4939-8eb3-24770b6f2c64 Oh and hit C on your key board for some nice insight into how the software works. (Matte Painting techniques)





Taken From their website: https://photosynth.net

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Athens Olympic site over taken by weeds, 10 years on

Last night we came across this article and this one, which show some images depicting how the economic situation in Greece has effected much of the infrastructure that was purpose built for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

The Olympic Aquatic Centre in Athens. Source: Getty Images

As Greece groans under a cruel economic depression, questions linger as to whether the Athens Games were too ambitious an undertaking for a weak economy. While economists agree it would be unfair to blame Greece’s meltdown on the 17-day Games, the post-Olympic era is seen as a decade of lost opportunities — including failure to significantly boost the country’s sporting culture. It’s a lesson to which Brazil may pay heed, as it races to complete projects ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“We didn’t take advantage of this dynamic that we got in 2004,” said former Olympic weightlifting champion Pyrros Dimas, a Greek sporting hero-turned-Socialist member of Parliament.

“We simply made the biggest mistake in our history: We switched off, locked up the stadiums, let them fall to pieces, and everything finished there." source news.com.au article, see links above.


The view outside the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Source: Getty Images




A sad reality, and a very expensive legacy that has now been left behind as these once filled arenas of sporting triumph are left to riot. With the upcoming 2016 games to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, we have to hope that they have through plans in place for what they intend to do with their venues after completion of the games. The Brazilians have already been heavily criticised both globally and from within Brazil for the problems in getting the stadiums finished in time for the World Cup 2014. However at least in this case, the venues should be used in this football mad country. We will have to see what the Olympic venues of Rio looks like after 10 years?

The view outside the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Source: Getty Images



Thursday, August 7, 2014

New OUTR Project Release_Urban Lido

We have released a new project to the www called Urban Lido.
Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.

Description extract:
Urban Lido seeks to capitalise on the unique characteristics of the Green Square Zetland Site, a highly active area with diverse programmatic conditions. The project will extend the current urban park network providing a unique elevated urban public park which has a range of aquatic and recreational facilities embedded within its structure.