Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

The Solberg Tower

We paid a visit to the Solberg Tower on our way back from the stone industries last week. The tower and park complex is located just a short distance from the Swedish border. The site itself pays tribute to cultural heritage, however it has a modern approach in its construction materials; characterised by concrete and corten steel elements. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cutting Stones

This week we went on an excursion to Jogra Stone Industries and their quarry near Sarpsborg to see how materials of natural stone is being extracted and prepared for use.  Read the rest of this entry »

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AutoCAD – Placing roads in sloping terrain

For a landscape architect it is fundamental to know how to place roads and pathways in sloping terrain correctly. Last year we learned a quick and easy way to do this in AutoCAD.

In your map, you select your starting point from a contour, and draw a circle (C) with a radius of your chosen road slope – i.e., if the road should be sloping at 1 by 11, set the radius to 11 meters. From the point this circle crosses the next contour, in the preferred direction, continue this process.

 

This is also a great visual reminder that the gentler your slope is, the longer your road will be.

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Gadget – The Really Tiny Book Light

Ok, so you wake up in the middle of the night having caught that elusive design idea that’s been criss-crossing your head for the last couple of days (guilty!) – No rest for the wicked – and you reach for your sketchbook to jolt it down. But it’s dark. And you forgot to change the bulb in your bedside lamp. And your other sketchbook is out of power (guilty again!). Oh, the issues one faces nowadays. What now?

You remember you attached a Really Tiny Book Light to your sketchbook before you went to bed, that’s what.

I got this little baby at Modulor in Berlin, and besides looking extremely neat, it really fits awesomely well to, say, your Moleskine, saving you from the common situation of blind notes that are unreadable the day after (even if you tell yourself you’ll have no trouble remembering what you wrote, seeing it was such a great idea and all).

Here’s a pic of it in action:

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