Imagined urban landscapes
Augmented Plymouth (a legacy idea dating from a few years ago)
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Plymouth City Council has a new “A Vision for Plymouth” described
on this web page This lesson gets students to imagine how the city might look in the future.
copyright Google / Digital Globe
Students present their own urban redevelopment plans. They
create buildings in Sketch Up and transfer them to Google Earth, explaining
their ideas using placemarks. Other placemarks can be used to add annotations.
Run Google Earth Plus. Choose a location to be augmented. I chose Plymouth because it's local, I've already done some related work on the city and because its covered by high resolution imagery.
Draw a new polygon by clicking Add a Placemark, ploygon and click and drag
to create the desired shape. Finally, name the ploygon
and save it to a new location, e.g the desktop by right-clicking it in the
My Places tab and chosing Save as. You should see a file with a .kmz extension
on your desktop.
Start SketchUp 5 and import the kmz file you previously saved. Choose top view and trace the outline of the polygon using the pencil. Use other tools to shape and extend the building to the desired height. Export the building as a .kmz model and add placemark information in Google.
Download this file to view in Google Earth