Landscape architects explore the boundaries of digital
technology at the U.S. Open.
By Joseph Campo
If you watched the U.S. Open golf championship on television
last summer, you were treated to some very cool tee-to-green 3-D animations.
You took off on a flyover starting from the tee. You saw the different cuts of
grass, the topography, the trees surrounding the course, and the sand traps as
you approached the green. (Maybe this is what the golf ball would see if it had
eyes.) As you approached the green, you moved behind it, and suddenly 200 golf
balls appeared above the green. The balls dropped to the green then rolled to
various locations depending on the topography of where they landed.
What you may not have known is that a landscape architecture
firm created these 3-D animations. This amazing achievement demonstrates how
the landscape architecture profession is pushing the boundaries of digital
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