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Excerpts from my contribution to CLOG:RENDERING about architecture in virtual worlds

Below are a couple of excerpts from my contribution to RENDERING, covering some of my thoughts on architecture in virtual worlds. The book is a publication of CLOG, and can be purchased HERE.

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Transverge! Marcos Novak responds to “Architects in Cyberspace, or not”

I just received this very detailed and inspiring note from Marcos Novak, Professor and Director at transLAB at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in response to a post last week, “Architects in Cyberspace, or not.”   Many thanks to Marcos for taking the time to respond, and for sharing such valuable and timely feedback for advancing architectural […]

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Architects in Cyberspace, or not

Texts written 20 years ago on architecture in cyberspace are as accurate and inspiring today as they were then, but where are the cyberspace architects now?

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Mesh Imports Coming to Second Life Q2 2010

Today, Linden Lab announced that mesh imports, or the ability to import models created in external 3D modeling apps will be available for beta testing Q2 2010.  For architects and other AEC professionals and educators, this has been the long awaited ‘holy grail’ for integration with virtual worlds.  Instead of having to replicate designs or […]

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Stunning computer graphics and ‘Post-Avatar Depression’

Check out this jaw-dropping, computer generated animation by Alex Roman, called “The Third & The Seventh.”  If it weren’t for the ‘making-of’ videos that accompany this piece, I couldn’t possibly have believed this isn’t real video footage (even if it were, it would be equally compelling).  He made this using 3DsMax, Vray, AfterEffects and Premiere on […]

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Construction Complete! Before and After Images of Architectural Prototyping in Second Life

Dedato, an architecture and design firm based in Amsterdam has now moved into its new headquarters – a 5 story design they prototyped in the online, multi-user virtual world of Second Life before construction started.  Rakeem Buaku, who coordinated the virtual construction, called the project a success, and said he would definitely consider using virtual worlds […]

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‘Open Neighborhood’ project by Tufts University set to engage Town of Acton residents in planning project

They call it the ‘Open Neighborhood’ project – and it is really a site to see.   This  partnership between the Town of Acton and researching faculty and students from the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department at Tufts University is quite visionary, and will be exciting to watch unfold in the months ahead.  They […]

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Cyberspace as a vibrant, social, interactive and collaborative ‘place’ for the already virtual discipline of architecture

Visiting an architectural masterpiece, or touring a building we helped design, is one of the many great rewards of architectural study and practice.  Yet even if we think of ‘architecture’ as a rich, experiential, and tangible phenomenon, the daily practice or study of architecture is, in many ways an intangible, or otherwise ‘virtual’ reality, and […]

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Demo, Open House and Q&A on the OpenSim Architecture Islands grid

If you’re curious about how the OpenSim platform might be useful in your art, architecture or design related projects, we will be holding an informal open house this Wednesday, September 23rd at 9am PDT on the Architecture Islands grid. Here is the event’s agenda: 10 minute demonstration of building and design in OpenSim platform, showing […]

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The Architecture of OpenSim (machinima)

Sims at a fraction of the cost? No prim size limits? Saving and restoring entire sims to and from my own hard drive? OpenSim is where its at, and its improving at a pretty impressive rate. With the likes of IBM, Intel, Microsoft and even Linden Lab itself making contributions toward strengthening OpenSim, it certainly seems to have a chance at making it to prime time if it hasn’t already. We’re now offering 6 sims at $150/month on the OpenSim Architecture Grid…

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