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The virtual image in the landscape


Infography is a very powerful tool for presentations of works and that helps enormously to explain to the observer an unrealized project.

It is a rather professional use resource, although it can be done in a greater or lesser degree of development by any landscape designer enthusiast who knows how to handle any of the computer programs that exist in the market. What is important to assimilate this type of images is that they must come as a result of a whole work process and not become a design tool. That is, infographics appear as a staging of an entire script written in advance; I remember the post about the importance of drawing by hand. Only then will we be sure to be developing a good project that works and meets the expectations sought, otherwise we would be only composing beautiful images without a marked course.

The infographics can have more or less level of realism and everything will depend on two things: The first, our expertise with computer systems and the second, the type of project and what we want to convey with the images. When it comes to small interventions, very realistic images are very impressive showing up to the varieties of each plant, the planters to be placed or the type of tile for the floors. In the case of major interventions, where the organization scheme is much more important, even entering the field of urban intervention, it will be more interesting to move between abstraction and insinuation, so as not to divert attention with accessory elements of That we truly want to tell. It is clear that the combination of more generalist images, with less detail, with others showing more specific areas with greater degree of development, would be ideal. Everything will depend on the time we have and the type of project, since these types of images are not always necessary or at all times it will be profitable to make them.

Here are some examples from the study. The one that heads the article is the typical image of great intervention of architecture contest, where the important message to be transmitted on the green zones is its traced in interlaced ramps and descending platforms until the pier, as well as its continuity by the terraces of the buildings , You can visit this website for more examples.,In the same way that it insinuates its dialogue with the environment and the way in which the whole lot is naturalized.  The approach is the virtual model, where the transcendent is emphasized and everything that is left in the background is diluted. Observe how the city surrounding the site is translucent, since it must be present in the snapshot as part of that space, but not detract from the scope of action.

Another image for great intervention, but in this case with more detail of development in gardening is as follows. In this case it was a contest to regenerate 4Ha in San Francisco (California), where it was intended to eliminate part of a raised highway that crossed the city. It was necessary to convey the idea of naturalization of the surroundings and the large garden path that ran through the zig-zag roofs of the buildings, and in this way we opted for very shocking images that transmitted the feeling of being in the countryside in the city.

Contest Reimagine, Reconnect, Restore. 2013, San Francisco, California, USA. Team: Ángel Méndez Suárez / Mª Carmen Pérez Castallanos

This other image, corresponding with a small intervention, seeks in realism to transmit to the property the sensations that can enjoy with the construction of its new pergola. Depending on the cases, it can be interesting to even give transparency to people, effects of movement and blur or simply turn them into white or black silhouettes that give all protagonism to the action.