Oscar Niemeyer: 3D imagery database in Second Life

Wow, check out the above video!  This and more exciting news from the seemingly tireless Hidenori Watanave:

“I and student team of Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. are developing 3D
image database of “Oscar Niemeyer” on SL (prototype). This is an
official art project of “The 100th anniversary of exchanging between
Japan and Brazil”.

Thanks for the update Hidenori, and keep up the great work!

Fake is the New Real – Mario Gerosa on Virtual Architecture

Check out Mario Gerosa’s interview, part of a Mission completed in the CheckinArchitecture project, submitted by Fabio Falzone and Jacopo Fontana.  From their YouTube description:

“But what about traveling in the virtual worlds today? During the 80s, it was a trend to refer to traveling in virtual reality like a physical voyage, where the use of a head-mounted display was inseparable from the trip itself. Today, it is more about eyesight than body experience: we stand in front of the monitor without moving. It is a non-linear trip, similar to an expedition through a Borges tale, 2.0. Nevertheless, there’s lack of “tourist” guides and research engines among virtual worlds. Are virtual travels still an elite form of tourism and knowledge or will they, in their cheapness, become the mode of vacation for those who simply can’t afford the real thing?”

Read more about their mission HERE.  Nice work!

A Presentation on Anton Gaudí, Thursday, 07-17-2008, 22.00 h european time
July 17, 2008, 12:19 pm
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This just in from Lotja Loon:

Thursday, 07-17-2008, 22.00 h european time, Campus Seccondlearning, Indire

Antoni Gaudí – there are no straight lines in nature
Antoni Gaudí (1852 – 1926), most outstanding representative of “Modernisme Catalá” and his idea of nature as a replica of living environment for humans will be presented and the question of why a Catalan architect came up with such radically different ideas of his contemporary collegues.

A presentation by Lotja Loon, RL-Social Scientist and Historian, for more information about her, see her blog:

The presentation is the 4th of a series of 5 lectures and will be followed by
—> Friedensreich Hundertwasser – “Of shit make gold” (O-tone Hundertwasser)

The lectures are in english and italian (simultaneous, chat), will last app. 1 hour and will offer possibilities for questions at the end.

Thank You Readers! A Week of Community-Submitted Resources! The Week in Review

We had an outstanding range of community-submitted resources this week!  Thanks so much for sharing the inside scoop on these projects, and keep it up!

It all started with Lotja Loon telling us about ‘Architecture and Design Classes: Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Hundertwasser

Then we had a tour of the excellent TowerVision project, followed by my enthusiastic review, “Raising the Bar for Architectural Visualization in Second Life

Theory Shaw forwarded a jira issue related to 3D Model Interoperability, and the group responded!  There is still time to cast your vote!  See 3D Model Interoperability in Second Life”

Then Bennet Dynamo shared an invitation to the Lucien Herve exhibit opening held over the weekend.  It is a great exhibit, and worth checking out, see “Lucien Hervé Exhibit Opening July 12, 1pm PDT

Hidenori Watanave submitted information about Atelier Ten Architects and their new project in Second Life, read more here: “Atelier Ten Architects, “Real” Architects that are now “Virtual” Architects in Second Life

Finally, Martin Purnell informed me of an upcoming Grand Opening of the Future Green Chatham project in Chicago, Illionois which has been replicated in Second Life, Virtual Model of the Future Green Chatham Home, Grand Opening July 18-20, 2008

Virtual Model of the Future Green Chatham Home, Grand Opening July 18-20, 2008

Martin Purnell and Associates, a real life development firm located in Chicago, Illinois, opens virtual office on the Etopia sim in Second Life. The construction is nearly complete on the virtual model of the Future Green Chatham homes. They hope to begin building the home in real life sometime early next year (click any screenshot for a slideshow of images).

I talked with avatar Luchenpur Darwin, co-owner of Martin Purnell and Associates in real life, who tells me, “the Second Life model gives you a very real sense of how the home will feel.  Even traffic patterns.” This project, built by Prim Chemistry  on Etopia Island, owned by William Thewise Goodman, is definitely worth a visit!

They will be having a Gran Opening celebration this weekend.  Guided house tour starts at 4:30pm SLT on Friady, July 18th, with Live performance by Harper Messmer at 5pm SL-time, DJ Imajin Brentano from 6-8pm, and Fireworks at 8pm.

They will also have a tour on Saturday July 19th at 4:30pm, with live performance by Vienna James at 5pm, DJ Vivie Durant at 6-8pm and Fireworks at 8pm.

Finally, on Sunday, July 20, they will have a guided house tour at 2:30 PM, a live performance by Truelie Telling at 3pm, DJ Yngwie Krogstad from 4-6pm, and Fireworks at 6pm.

Atelier Ten Architects, “Real” Architects that are now “Virtual” Architects in Second Life

This just in from Hidenori Watanave (including video above):

“Yesterday I invited “Atelier Ten Architects” for my laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University, and they made a special lecture of “Architecture in physical world / virtual worlds”.

They are “Real” architect that had produced many architectural projects in physical world, and also, they are “Virtual” architect in Second Life, too. In “Digital Design Competition 2007” (I was a jury member), they won the Grand-prix of competiton.

They got a cooperation by a information-technology company “GMO Tea-cup communications inc.”, and realized their idea in Second Life, “The museum of the globe (slurl)”.

Surprisingly, this beautiful and strange structure was constructed by auto-modeling system. First of all, they prepared the expression for this shape by Excel. and next, auto-modeling system made everything automatically. This modeling process took only 1 or 2 hour.”

More info and screenshots on the Archidemo blog:

Lucien Hervé Exhibit Opening July 12, 1pm PDT

This just in from Bennet Dynamo, who created an incredible gallery for this exhibit (see more screenshots below):

“I am honored to host the first show at the foundation gallery on depo park 4 presenting a selection of Lucien Herve’s fine photography of Palladio’s Architecture

July 12 at 1pm will mark our preview show and we’d be very grateful if you would join us.  One wing of the new gallery will be showing the first 11 peices of the exhibit, more wings will open through the summer months.  This exhibit is in tandom with an RL exhibit in Hungary, Herve’s birthplace.

See below for a brief bio of Herve from wikipedia:

Lucien Hervé (b. László Elkán) (August 7, 1910 – June 26, 2007) was a French-Hungarian photographer well known for his black and white photos of architecture. He was born in the city of Vasarhely in Hungary on August 7, 1910, but came to Paris in 1929 and earned French citizenship in 1938. During World War II he was captured by the Germans (at the Battle of Dunkirk), escaped, and became a member of the French Resistance under the name Lucien Hervé which he kept thereafter.

He was most famous for his collaboration with the architect Le Corbusier from 1949 to the architect’s death in 1965. His black and white photos of Le Corbusier’s buildings — with their strong lights, shadows, and monumental sense of space — are perhaps the most well known images of the architect’s work. He has also worked with the architects Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Kenzo Tange, Richard Neutra, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Prouvé, Bernard Zerfuss, and others.

Lucien Hervé also explored photographic abstraction and collage.

Since the late 1980s, Hervé’s work has enjoyed a renewed popularity. In 2000, he showed color works of his apartment at the gallery of fashion designer Agnès b.

Not long before Herve’s death, Getty bought around 200 of his slides. The artist was married to a Holocaust survivor.

Here’s the SLurl: