Does anyone remember the Society for Virtual Architecture? I sure do. I loved it. I was lucky enough to find my way to a meeting on my very first day in Second Life. I was in the midst of building this hideous replica of a real life project I was working on at the time, and the group took some time to check it out and critique it. I was blown away, and was immediately addicted to SL. It was social, it was collaborative, there were other people there who had valuable input and interesting projects of their own to show off. I attended every meeting I could, and dearly miss those lively architectural debates. I visited the Society hall this afternoon, and see that the chairs are still all disheveled, just the way we left them at the last meeting. Standing room only. Then we headed over to IBM on that fateful day.. . just before SVA meetings were suspended. =(
The group is still growing, albeit passively, and there is an asynchronous SVA meeting currently underway over on Prokofy’s blog Second Thoughts. He beats up on me quite a bit, but the post and the comment thread are well worth a read. Is the ‘invasion’ of real life architects and architecture a sad chapter in the history of Second Life? Is it going to get better, or worse? Is it OK to experiment with abstract architecture? Is there room for wiki-style collaboration in SL? What do we have to say about DB Bailey’s effort to ‘rethink the use of space’ in SL (article HERE).
Here is Prokofy’s post: http://secondthoughts.typepad.com/second_thoughts/2008/03/building-a-seco.html
yeah, that’s Keystone in the foreground on my first day in SL, inside my first build. LOL!