Competition Details: ‘Design for an Eco-Friendly Community’

I’m sincerely honored to have been invited to jury this most exciting competition! I know firsthand how exhilarating it can be to work on a project like this in Second Life, especially given the collaborative nature they’re inviting. This is an absolutely perfect use of Second Life – combining everything we all love about it. It’s social, collaborative, cultural, technical, its 3D design and, perhaps most importantly, its green. This is a perfect storm for innovation and is sure to be an exciting project to watch. I hope everyone takes some time to submit an entry!

“ and, in collaboration with INBAR – International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, invite architects, designers and students to take part in an international competition at arcspace Island in the virtual community, Second Life.”

The International Jury
From Real Life:
Shyam Paudel, Director of Housing Program, INBAR
Cui PenFei, Professor Architecture, CAFA – Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Wang Ru Song Professor,Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Edwin Chan, Partner, Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, USA
Jan Utzon, Architect, Denmark
Kent Martinussen, Director, DAC – Danish Architecture Centre
Kristen Richards, Founder/Editor-in-Chief,
Thomas Kearns, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Nille Juul-Sorensen, Associate Director, ARUP

From the Virtual World (Second Life):
Persis Trilling, Director Princeton University Second Life Project
Scope Cleaver, Architect and Designer
Keystone Bouchard, founder of Crescendo Design and Studio Wikitecture”

More details on arcspace:

The competition is sponsored by KK of (KK Jewell in SL) and David Greenberg of (da5vd Latte in SL) in collaboration with INBAR – International Network for Bamboo and Rattan. Photo above and landscaping by Poid Mahovlich.

The photo above is by Poid Mahovlich, an Artist Builder and Land Terraformer in Second Life. She has turned arcspace Island into a bamboo forest for the competition.
Her group Our Green Virtual World Builders specifically promote green issues.

Design for an Eco-friendly Community
February 23, 2008, 7:12 pm
Filed under: arcspace, kk jewell

Design a structure in Second Life – build the structure in China and Hawaii in Real Life! and, in collaboration with INBAR – International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, invite architects, designers and students to take part in an international competition at arcspace Island.

The winners, selected by an international jury in Second Life and Real Life, as well as by public vote, will be invited to assist with the construction in China or Hawaii.

Detailed Competition information is now posted at arcspace Island .
More details Monday February 25th. at:

Sign up with your avatar name at:
Or send IM to KK Jewell
Once you sign up you will be asked to join the group to receive relevant competition information. Please pass the word to your group and friends…

From Common Interests to Common Borders
February 20, 2008, 12:10 am
Filed under: architecture island, arcspace, eolus one

Architecture Islands, arcspace and Eolus One are announcing that they will be moving to a new location on the Second Life grid, and will now be sharing common borders as a contiguous group of islands. The move is part of a concerted effort to unite some of the brightest minds as well as the most ambitious projects in Second Life.

While each group will retain its own identity and function, the new archipelago will now collectively represent a wider range of the complete life cycle of the real estate industry, including education, development, architecture, construction, facilities management and investment management.

arcspace Island is founded by KK Jewel (Kirsten Kiser in real life), publisher of, an architecture and design magazine that features today’s most creative projects, as well as the most influential of the past.  KK made the move to Second Life in early 2007 to build the arcspace Community as a platform for interacting with  readers from across the globe, for collaboration, for building, and for exploring new tools and techniques.   arcspace provides customizable cubes to readers and members of the arcspace group and,  in addition to supporting and building a sense of community for its readership, arcspace holds exhibitions, discussions and competitions.

Eolus Islands, founded by Eolus McMillan (Oliver Goh in real life).  On July 6th 2007, some of the worlds top technology innovators unveiled a think tank, called EOLUS One. These unique, multi-cultural, geographically dispersed individuals put Eolus One in a position to come up with new ways of working in the competitive, dynamic, intercultural global business environment. EOLUS One brings together service providers and innovators from many disciplines and industries as one community to create new solutions that take full advantage of the 3D virtual environment to research and develop innovative real to virtual integrations to create virtual operation centers and dynamic 3D visualization tools for the Real Estate Industry. (

Architecture Islands founded by Keystone Bouchard (Jon Brouchoud in real life), and was intended to serve as an incubator for architects, designers and students who wanted to explore the potential for Second Life to be used for both professional and academic applications.  The islands hosts meetings of the ‘Architecture in SL’ group, and provided space for the first two Wikitecture experiments, intended to explore the potential for Second Life to be used as a platform for architectural collaboration. (

Gehry Technologies Recruiting in Second Life
October 22, 2007, 1:43 am
Filed under: arcspace, gehry technologies

During the relatively brief time I’ve spent in Second Life (its only been 18 months!), I have met some incredibly high caliber architects, designers and engineers from around the world, and I think Gehry Technologies is right on target looking for recruits in Second Life with the help of arcspace. It wouldn’t surprise at all if they found exactly the right person for the job:

“Gehry Technologies, a cross disciplinary team of architects, engineers, builders and computer scientists with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and Paris, is recruiting qualified candidates. Gehry Technologies is an international building industry consulting, technology development and research firm. The firm pursues innovation in Building Information Modeling and emerging models of practice through applications of digital technologies.
Posted at arcspace SL or:”

Sagrada Familia, by Antoni Gaudi: Virtual Video & Photo Exhibition on arcspace Island
October 22, 2007, 1:33 am
Filed under: antoni gaudi, architectural resources, arcspace, sagrada familia


via the arcspace group in Second Life:

“As part of an ongoing involvement with the Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona researchers in SIAL (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory) lead by Professor Mark Burry are currently working on investigation into Antoni Gaudí’s final design models. By adapting a computer-aided design technique, known as parametric design, to create designs that are consistent with all of the available historical information on the church, new insights are gained into Gaudí’s own generative system.
Spread the word:)”

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arcspace Builders Academy

For those of you who need basic SL skills the arcspace Builders Academy, run by Mater Rhodes, will be starting classes in SL Building Systems this month.
Mater will be using voice and text.
To sign up:
Contact Mater Rhodes in SL

AutoCAD Import Tool Demonstration: Architecture Meeting Thursday, Sept. 13th, 11AM

This week’s Architecture Group meeting will be a demonstration of the new AutoCAD import tool (Henshin III), created by AI Studio. They will rez a full building, designed and modeled in AutoCAD, completely textured. They will also demonstrate the Layer functions and show how the system can change the visibility and position of imported objects.

Thursday, Sept. 13th, 11:00 AM

Discussion will be held on the new arcspace sim, attached directly north of Architecture Island: SLURL

More Land on Architecture Island Finally Available!


The Architecture Island annex is almost complete, and rental land will be available within the next few days!  Over half of it is already spoken for, but we still have a large 1/4 island lots available, as well as a handful of smaller 8,000 sqm parcels, and some 4,000 sqm parcels.

If you aren’t ready for a parcel of land to build on, but still want to be in on the action, check out the new arcspace build.  For a modest monthly fee you get a 2 story flat, adjacent to the most exciting new architectural venues around.  I’ve got my apartment picked out and customized, and have really enjoyed hanging out there during the past few days.  Check out my last post for details on how to join.

If you’re also ready for a parcel of land to start building on, and your and work involves architecture as a central theme please IM Keystone Bouchard for more info about renting on Architecture Island.

Arcspace Joins the Second Life Architecture Community!
July 20, 2007, 3:25 am
Filed under: architectural resources, architecture, arcspace, second life

One of the best parts of being involved with Second Life are those days when something new is announced, or you discover something that just blows you away. Today is one of those days.

I just found out that the premiere architecture blog is launching a major Second Life initiative! Read the full article HERE and HERE.

Not only are they coming to Second Life, but they have some ambitious plans! Readers and members can actually move into an arcspace Virtual Community of apartments and shops. Other plans include project presentations, exhibitions, awards, forums, debates, SL building courses, lectures, competitions and special events.

Arcspace was the very first blog I ever read. Kirsten Kiser, the author, started arcspace years before the word ‘blog’ was even a word, and has relentlessly pursued and posted the most potent and significant reviews of architecture worldwide. It has been a significant resource and inspiration to me for many years, and I can’t wait to see their Second Life presence unfold!

Send an email to with subject “arcspaceSL – avatar name” for an invitation to the group.