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!

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: