What’s new in Lands Design

Lands Design 5

Lands Design 5.5 (June 2021)

New features

  • Earth Terrain Importer
    • Import 3D buildings
    • Use Mapbox elevation data as alternative (at user choice) to JAXA elevation data
  • New Topiary object. You can:
    • Create it from a selected Species and an existing shape (surface, mesh…)
    • Modify its parameters (density, leaf scale, 2D display…)
    • Get it automatically listed in Plant Lists
    • Label it as with plants
    • Insert a Plant photo next to it…
  • Edit Panel selection tree
    • Species subnodes for Plant specimens, Groundcover specimens, Topiary specimens, Vertical Garden…
    • Multi select: now you can select multiple nodes
  • Plant Database
    • Added Flower color and Flower season to filters
    • Interactive Climate Map
  • Other
    • Forests can now be created from surfaces, regions, hatches and zones in addition to curves
    • Objects of the wrong type are now ignored when user is prompted to select an objects
    • Removed Lands Scheme when launching Rhino from the Lands Design desktop icon


  • Compatible with VisualARQ 2.11
  • API (WIP) for RhinoCommon developers (C# and Python)

Lands Design 5.4 (February 2021)

New features

  • License:
    • Lands Design Zoo Plugin available for Zoo 7
  • Plants:
    • Plant from Block command to replace existing block instances by Lands plants (video)
    • Better default block assignment for 2D crown and 3D conceptual and detailed display
    • Now you can change the Groundcover’s conceptual, detailed, and elevation display
  • Plant Database:
    • 11 new realistic plant files added and 79 plant files replaced by better versions of the species
    • Option to collapse the image’s area in Plant Database
    • Improved preview and thumbnail images
  • Object: Library:
    • Option to chose whether to insert Library blocks as urban furniture or not
  • Object: Path:
    • Default rectangular parametric profile on Paths
  • Other:
    • Improved z-order of Zones, Texts, Plant shadows, and Plant crowns
    • Better filtering of invalid objects during object selection


  • Minor UI improvements and bug fixes
  • These are the required Rhino versions to install Lands Design 5.4:
    • Rhino 6 SR 14 or later
    • Rhino 7 SR 2 or later
  • Compatible with VisualARQ 2.10

Lands Design 5.3 (October 2020)

New features

  • Installer:
    • Rhino 7 support
  • Terrains:
    • Cut and fills, holes and paths can now produce sharp edges even when the gridded surface is used
    • Divisions are now highlighted in the viewport when they are selected on the Lands Edit Panel
    • Osnaps enabled for Vertex option instead of End
  • Plant Database:
    • Added Australian species
    • Added 60+ realistic plant files
    • Better climate zones classification
  • Grasshopper components:
    • New Lands Design Pipeline component
  • Object: Library:
    • Urban Furniture objects have now properties
  • Object: Sprinkler:
    • Now you can edit the size of the Sprinkler symbol


  • Minor UI improvements and bug fixes
  • These are the required Rhino versions to install Lands Design 5.3:
    • Rhino 6 SR 14 or later
    • Rhino 7 BETA (version 7.0.20295.18003 (21/10/2020) or later
  • Compatible with VisualARQ 2.9

Lands Design 5.2 (July 2020)

  • _laEarthScan can now be run silently through scripts
  • Preview images on Species selection combo box
  • Added more realistic plants
  • New group filter in Plant Database to select plants suitable for Vertical Garden
  • Terrains: elevation data control points are now disabled by default if they exceed 100
  • Very detailed plants are now generated when using Twinmotion as well as Enscape
  • Fixed a crash on laPlantLabel command when language was set to Chinese
  • Other minor bug fixes

Lands Design 5.1 (May 2020)

  • AutoCAD 2021 support
  • Cloud Zoo support
  • Added Czech language
  • Improved laEarthScan command: better satellite image resolution; now you can do a window selection of the area to import
  • 32-bit TIFF images support in DEM Import command
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes

Lands Design 5.0 for AutoCAD (March 2020)

  • Satellital images from MapBox when importing with the redesigned Earth elevation data command.
  • New Slope marker object.
  • Automatic Terrain divisions for cut&fill and paths.
  • Now you can use a tilted curve to create a cut&fill.
  • In Top views, vegetation objects are now ordered based on its height.
  • Now in Plant Photo you can select any photo from your hard drive.
  • Hatches in Shrubs, Groundcovers, zones… are now optional.
  • Zoning from Terrain divisions
  • New list of Terrain volumes and areas
  • AutoCAD materials can now be assigned to Terrain divisions, as well as materials from any renderer
  • Urban Furniture’s 2D block can now be automatically generated from the 3D block
  • Better fit of Fence components
  • New commands to extract/reverse curves from Lands objects
  • Search function in the Urban Furniture Library.
  • Improved performance.
  • Bug fixes