State of the Wiki
November 14, 2007, 9:56 pm
Filed under: open architecture network, wikitecture

Who ever said there’s nothing to DO in Second Life?!? Here’s a brief clip showing the current state of the Wiki Tree after week 1.

We’ve got the land, we’ve got the project, we’ve got the technology – now all we need is YOU! Pick up your virtual toolbelt, and help us win the Open Architecture Challenge.


Italian Institute of Architecture to ‘Experience Italy’ in Second Life
November 13, 2007, 2:08 am
Filed under: experience italy, lucam oh, Uncategorized

Where else can you experience work by architectural masters such as Terragni, Fuksas, Nervi, and Libera all together in a single composition? Experience Italy (EX.IT) is a massive Second Life build that is NOT to be missed! (slideshow HERE)

The 9-sim campus is modeled after the 1942 ‘E42’ exhibition area for a Universal exhibit in Rome which was unfortunately stopped by the war. Some of the best Italian architects worked on the project, which includes a Sport palace, Palazzo of the Civilta Italiana, Congress Hall and Congress Center as well as many other builds. This faithful recreation of the design was built by Fondazione Valore Italia for the Permanent Exhibition of ‘Made in Italy’ and ‘Italian Design’.

During a recent tour by Lucam Oh , organizer and builder, Lucam said that he hoped the build will become ‘alive’, and hoped the architectural community of Second Life will utilize it as a place to meet, organize meetings, and host exhibitions and architectural research.

I find the architectural approach to the project quite inspiring and unique. While many virtual architects see the pure recreation of real life designs a waste of time (in a world free of gravity, why build things that look as if they depend on it?), this build is one of the unique circumstances where the build cannot be fully experienced in real life – or any other way. This virtual creation enables visitors to experience a place that they would not otherwise be able to visit. Beyond that, EX.IT also takes an interesting albeit modern or honest approach to the actual process of real-life replication by embracing its synthetic nature. Trees aren’t photoreal, but are modern artistic interpretations – and featuring a ‘moire’ effect. The hovering graphic quotes challenge the notion that this is mere replication, and blurs the distinction between graphic arts and architecture, which I consider to be a defining characteristic in the new language of virtual architecture.

This project is clearly of interest both architecturally and historically, but is also compelling from a graphic design perspective as well. The architecture is punctuated by very clear and iconic way finding graphics, as well as large alpha-texture quotes suspended in the sky. The quotes are placed in locations that create interesting juxtapositions and frame the architecture very nicely. Even the map is a graphic design masterpiece IMHO, reflecting the modern flavor of the architecture and exercising a great deal of restraint and simplicity.

The graphic design finesse doesn’t stop at the virtual build. A website augments the build, which I imagine will be highly effective in inviting ‘outsiders’ into Second Life. Seen HERE, the website stays true to the graphic language, and the ghosted 3D background image subtly encourages viewers to dive deeper into the experience.

This machinima was taken inside one of the EX.IT Holodecks:

Lucam Oh will be presenting the build to the Italian Institute of Architecture on November 26th at 8PM Rome time. The meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Visit Experience Italy HERE (SLurl).

Wiki-Tree Q&A Nov. 11 and 13th, 10AM SL-time (Pacific)
November 12, 2007, 8:10 pm
Filed under: wikitecture

If you have any questions on how to operate the ‘wiki-tree’ interface, we will be in-world at the following times to answer any questions you might have.   We will be in voice, since it’s a little easier conveying the ins and outs of the system that way.

1st one: Sunday, Nov. 11th @ 10am PST
2nd one: Tuesday, Nov. 13th @ 10am PST

…and if you’re having any problems logging onto the site, let Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw know.

Lunch will be provided. 😉

Open Architecture Challenge Schematic Design Commences
November 12, 2007, 8:07 pm
Filed under: wikitecture

and the Wiki-tree leaf matrix grows (slurl). . .

Architect Magazine Features Second Life in Fall Product Spec Guide
November 12, 2007, 7:50 pm
Filed under: architect, architectural resources

It doesn’t appear to be published in an online edition yet, but will likely show up HERE when the time comes (the Spring edition is currently live).

Steelcase Design Team Panel Discussion and Showcase in Second Life
November 12, 2007, 7:38 pm
Filed under: steelcase, v3 group

The Steelcase Store in Silicon City (slurl) will sponsor a furniture & office design showcase December 1st through 15th. Designers showcase their work will be given the chance to meet with the Steelcase Design Team in a Panel Discussion that will be held December 6th at 2:00 PM SL-time.

“Q & A panel discussion on designing performance seating, ergonomics, materials, environmental sustainability, and marketing. Come to have a one-on-one conversation with the Steelcase’s Team. Future meet ups will be scheduled with the Steelcase team. Please submit your ideas for future design meet ups to Kelly Emms.

*Designers can submit, chairs, desks, lighting, cabinetry, interior spaces dividers etc. Space Limited. 100 prim limit for each piece submitted.
Showcase Set up starts now! Contact Kelly Emms for details. Produced by V3 Group.”

The World of Wikinomics – The New 2.0 World
November 10, 2007, 1:45 am
Filed under: wikitecture

If Wikitecture still doesn’t make sense to you, check out Don Tapscott, at the web 2.0 expo in Berlin: