Sep '06 - Dec '09
Two, well maybe three, things about the emerging virtual world that caught my attention while struggling to finish my design project. These musings are loosely tied by having to do with space, place, architecture, and the virtual.
First, the blog This Spartan Life brought to us by one of my favorite radio shows Studio 360. Long story short, these guys found a way to interview people while in the virtual world of Halo. I am not a gamer so all this is new to me, I think the last thing I played was Super Mario Brothers 3 back in '93, but I am utterly fascinated with the idea that you can hang out with people in a completely virtual world. I now propose we all get assigned weapons in archinect. Seriously though, who is designing and planning this new community, are architects and planners involved? How can design improve virtual interaction? Does it matter? I have a hunch that it does...
Second, the virtual world has made its first REAL millionaire, by the selling of real estate. I am confused about how this can happen and what it means, but can't help but wonder when DESIGNERS will get into the action. Does 2nd life need starchitects to move even more real estate? Same questions as above, mainly what can designers bring to enhance virtual life?
Finally, I came across a group called 'cansei de ser sexy' (tired of being sexy). What cought my attention about this group is the fact that they sound like they could be from anywhere, which in itself is really nothing new. The band is actually from Sao Paulo (Brazil), but the band met and wants to be considered mainly as being FROM the internet. The group has myspace, flickr, and youtube accounts. I'm not sure where I am going with this or if it matters, but just found it interesting that they don't want to be thought of as Brazilian but Myspacean, what are the politico-spatial implications of doing this?
Anyway, back to work...
This Spartan Life
Anshe Chung, 2nd Life Real Estate Tycoon, REAL LIFE Millionaire
cansei de ser sexy