Our first LID movie is now online. There will be more videos to follow to explain greenskins lab’s LID application tool and how the homeowner can employ LID in their backyard.

Overpopulation Movie

Our experiments with short informative visualization videos continue. Speed and concise content delivery in max. 1, 5 minutes are one of the key requirements for making videos. We are also interested in exploring landscape architectures’ ability to visualize complex issues, be it, in this case, to inform and provide broad solutions for overpopulation. The key message behind our videos is to inform the public about what landscape architects are concerned about, what they do, and how we can provide knowledge to initiate behavioural change to reduce the impact humans have on the planet.

greenskinslab’s LID Animated Digital Image Experiment

We are now in the past-orthographic phase. Modelling tools such as Rhino, combined with Grasshopper, create instant adjustable digital 3D models of the environment for architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

Digital drawing provides the opportunity to create what we call ‘digital 3D animated sketch imagery’ not hand drawings defined in the classical sense on paper. It combines the act of physical drawing movement, ‘the animation’ being transferred with the stylus pen signalling electrical images onto the screen. This method personalizes the images and reintroduces a recognizable individual style, like handwriting. The animated 3D imagery allows digital voice over and music.

Below is the first sample of our ongoing LID Communication Research Strategies.

City of Vancouver presentation

The International Stormwater Design Application (ISDA) was presented to the City of Vancouver last week as a tool to help with stormwater management planning and design in Vancouver and BC.

It was well received and the aim now is to make the application available for all BC and the Pacific North West.

Filmed presentation

This filmed presentation is also on our Facebook page.

Thank you to the whole team. This was a big milestone for the lab and we hope to publish the application very soon.


Low Impact Design (LID)

LID is complex and needs demystifying to be used by all designers in the early stages of any urban design project. Therefore, a fast and easy method for designers to determine the space/dimensions of LID needed should be developed to apply LID at any site (site includes roof and at-grade solutions).

The International Stormwater Design Application (ISDA)

Greenskins lab is currently finalizing the development of a calculator which can be used worldwide in the concept design phase by designers and municipalities approving urban design proposals.

Designers work visually, so do clients in most part, therefore the focus of this tool will be easily accessible through visual graphics and user-friendly application. This tool is designed for the initial schematic design stage of a project, further along in the design process, more sophisticated tools and close cooperation with hydrological engineers are required. This tool will be useful, especially in countries where data to calculate stormwater runoff is not easily accessible.

The International Stormwater Design Application (ISDA) will be able to calculate the dimensions of urban stormwater tools above and at-grade during the design concept phase for new and retrofit urban areas.

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