Oscar Niemeyer and Second Life

Oscar Niemeyer’s work has gained many plaudits over the years and his architecture is now gaining some attention in Second Life, thanks to Hidenori Watanave and a student team from Tokyo Metropolitan University (Kanako Hayashi, Kaname Shimizu, Makiko Suzuki, Ryuta Kawahara and Yohei Nakano).

A 3D image database of Brazilian Niemeyer’s work is being developed and the team will spend a week in Brazil in early August. It’s all part of the 100th anniversary of the exchange relationship between Japan and Brazil. The current build is quite striking so I’m looking forward to seeing the final product.

Check it out in-world.

ViZiMO at Tokyo Metropolitan University

We’ve covered Hidenori Watanave’s work before and we were pointed to an interesting project recently completed at Tokyo Metropolitan University.

A three-week workshop was held with the theme ‘Translating real space into virtual space’, with eighteen students taking part. An application called ViZiMO was used to create the final works, and fascinating those works are:

You can read more here. I just love the physics of ViZiMO – much more theatrical than Second Life.

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