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Mar 12, 2010 1:02 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

LSU Professors Publish Book On Digital Landscape Design

BATON ROUGE - Brad Cantrell and Wes Michaels, both assistant professors at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, have published a new book about the use of digital media for landscape renderings.
Entitled "Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture," the book explores the theory and application of computer visualization techniques to render landscapes, architecture and urban systems.
"I am excited about what this book brings to the profession and how it positions LSU as a creator of digital representation knowledge," said Elizabeth Mossop, director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.
Using software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop and Illustrator, the book focuses on methods for creating expressive and engaging drawings and bridges the gap between hand drawing - which designers have used effectively for centuries to communicate their design ideas - and digital media, which is the medium the majority of architects use to draw today. "Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture" provides a cutting edge resource for design professionals interested in creating digital representation.
Cantrell and Michaels drew their inspiration for the work from the field of landscape architecture, but the book is written for architects and urban designers as well as landscape architects.
"Architects and urban designers need a resource like this as much as landscape architects," said Cantrell. "All of the design professions are dealing with landscapes in a new way. Being able to express those ideas is key to making innovative projects."
The book, published by Wiley Press, is widely available in paperback at online and retail locations.
For additional information about "Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture," contact Wes Michaels at 504-218-8991 or michaels@lsu.edu.
To learn more about the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, visit http://landscape.lsu.edu/

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