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From Auckland to Aalborg: The Architecture in Virtual Worlds Dialog

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There were more than 42,000 kilometers separating this group if you connected our locations around the globe.   For Amr Attia, in Cairo, Egypt, it was 10:00 in the evening.  For Judy Cockeram, it was just 9:00 in the morning – but it was the next day for her, half-way around the world, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Together with Moira Hunter (Paris, France), Bernd Boetzel (Berlin, Germany), Brad Kligerman (Cambridge, Massachussets)  David Denton (Knoxville, USA),  Scott Chase (Aalborg, Denmark) and myself  (Madison, USA), this group joined together in the same time and place on Architecture Island in Second Life to have one of the most interesting and inspiring conversations I’ve witnessed in a long time.  I may never cease to be amazed by this global network, and the virtual fabric we use to stitch it all together.

The creative and potential energy in this space was incredible, and I was honored to be a part of it.   Each of these participants has completed and promoted specific initiatives and projects aimed at increasing awareness and raising the bar for architectural uses of virtual worlds, and it was very exciting to see this group gathered together in the same time and place.  We’re definitely looking forward to many more discussions, with wider participation, in the future!

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Watch the full discussion video here: http://blip.tv/file/5024974

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Raising the Bar for Architectural Visualization in Second Life

WOW.   If you couldn’t join us today, I strongly urge you to make some time to check this project out.  To truly comprehend the depth and history of this project, you have to spend some time there.  It takes some time to develop… it came to me in layers.  Sure, we’ve seen great real-life replication in SL, and others have replicated new designs in SL – but this one blends replicated portions of a historical building with a newer, more modern design concept – with such a skillful level of detail.  I think they have successfully raised the bar for the use of Second Life as a tool for professional architecture and real estate development, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

HERE is a slideshow of images from today’s tour, and HERE is a transcript.  Enjoy!



Upcoming Event: July 9th at 2pm SL-time (PDT): Tour of TowerVisions

If you are even remotely interested in the use of virtual worlds to augment the professional practice of architecture, you won’t want to miss this!

On July 9th, at 2:00pm SL-time (PDT), Bernd Bötzel (Vision Planer in SL), architect, project developer and managing director at DU Diederichs, and Hana Lundquist, leading architect and SL developer, also at DU Diederichs, will give us a guided tour of a design concept they developed and replicated in Second Life for the adaptive re-use of Bethanienturm, a church that was heavily damaged during World War 2.

The project, called ‘TowerVisions‘ is the collaborative effort of DU Diederichs (a German project management firm), Anshe Chung Studios (a content and real estate developer in Second Life), and Planufaktur (the development firm developing this project).

If you haven’t already seen this build, I highly recommend taking the time to check it out!  It is truly one of a kind!  Next to the Palomar and aLoft builds, this is definitely among the largest scale and highest quality examples demonstrating how Second Life can be used for real-life design visualization.

HERE is the SLurl (teleport directly).

All images from http://www.planufaktur.de