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BEING AND BECOMING IN THE METAVERSE

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WEBWATCH

In AJ 15.03.07 I did a Nostradamus about how architects would be setting up their shingles on Main Street in Second Life - that increasingly fashionable virtual world where you can buy property, mingle with communities and even, ahem, visit the virtual Playboy Mansion, all at www.secondlife. com.

Architects, I hinted, would be closely followed by a crowd of ponti-cators emerging cleansed from their academic clerisies in order to plunge into the architecture of Second Life. But I was way behind. There is already at least one rather serious Second Life blog, The Arch, at http: //archsl.wordpress. com, which is devoted to exploring the convergence of the metaverse with the real-life practice of architecture.

The Treehugger blog at http: //tinyurl.com/23lj96 reports how a recent Architecture for Humanity competition win was built in both real life and in Second Life. And at the recent AIA conference in San Antonio, Texas, the CAD company Autodesk ran virtual seminars and webcasts from a whole virtual island that it has recently acquired in Second Life. What planet are they on?

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