I read an interesting article today at work about this architecture firm called Wikitecture that is based entirely in Second Life. As much as i hate SL and really almost anything to do with it, the concept of the firm is kind of interesting. Using SL as an interface, the principals, Ryan Schultz and Jon Brouchoud, manage a collaborative effort where they allow a bunch of people to collaborate to design a specific building. The collaborators are from all walks of life, both architects and non-architects, people directly associated with the context, or people completely unassociated and simply interested.

The most interesting thing I find however is that the collaborators aren't paid. It appears like the only thing this program can do is conceptual design through a SketchUp style interface. What would happen if a simplified version of Revit or some other Bim program was used. The only thing the principals would have to do is make judgement calls on designs presented through the voting process. All the drawings, renders, and construction documents could be created by unpaid labor in a computer game. It is a well known fact that many people in the world look back and regret not becoming an architect or would have wanted to be an architect. Through Second Life, these people could collaborate on a project that is finally built, and the principals that get credit hardly have to lift a finger. The ultimate Lazy Architecture (though it would be advertised to the public as "socially concious" or "open")

Studio Wikitecture


Canadian Glass and Clay Gallery

here's a cool project ifound while searching around:

Its done by Patkau Architects out of Vancouver B.C. www.patkau.ca


hanyoung traffic light

currently working on grad school apps.... bleh.

meanwhile. here's a cool solution to the antiquity of traffic lights (which people often ignore).

Its a graphic shield type thing that could double as a lazer based alarm system which could then trigger a camera so that anyone who runs a red light faces the consequences. pretty neat idea from a korean designer Lee Hanyoung.


etown gov building

kind of a lame attempt at making a glass box. its harder than it seems

crush= clémence poésy

Another crush.
I tend to be going through them rather quickly these days.
Clémence Poésy
She played fleur delaceur in the harry potter movies. absolutely beautiful. and french. she's been in some other stuff that I havn't heard of (gunpower treason and plot, In Bruges, Bienvenue chez les Rozes, Le Grand Meaulnes, and a bunch more).