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Virtual Architecture 101: Design Fundamentals, Processes and Strategies for Virtual Worlds

Virtual Architecture 101 (SLurl) is a free, interactive, self guided, educational installation in Second Life, designed to provide visitors with a sampling of architectural fundamentals, design processes, strategies and best practices for creating effective virtual world projects.  The installation also includes case studies and offers specific tips, tricks and techniques covering a wide range of virtual world development topics.  It is not intended to be an all-inclusive resource, but to simply provide a sample overview of design basics and strategies.   If you want brush up on some fundamentals, or if you are planning to develop a project in a virtual world, this installation is designed to serve as a starting point and a place to gather ideas and inspiration for making your project a success.

Read the full post on our main site here: http://archvirtual.com/?p=3201

As a design consultant working in virtual worlds for several years, there are quite a few core design habits, techniques and strategies that I keep coming back to.  Since Second Life and OpenSim are primarily user-generated worlds, and not every project has a budget for custom development services, I thought it might be useful to share some of what I’ve learned in a virtual installation in hopes that it might be useful to anyone starting their own projects or building content in a virtual world.  In the weeks ahead, I hope to add several new stations and replace a large portion of the text with more experience-based 3D props, but in the meantime I will post the text portion of the installation as a downloadable pdf to accompany the exhibit in the weeks ahead.
The installation can be accessed by visiting Architecture Island in Second Life here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Architecture%20Island/97/132/1173
If you have any questions, suggestions, or need assistance developing your own  please send them to info@archvirtual.com

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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:http://slurl.com/secondlife/depo%20park%204/97/85/23