Arkitekt interview med Terry Beaubois

Terry Beaubois, AIA

Terry Beaubois, AIA, er direktøren forCreative Research Lab at Montana State University. Beaubois underviser i et arkitektur kursus i det virtuelle miljø Second Life, der samler studerende fra uddannelserne for arkitektur og design, kunst, musik og film og fotografi.

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Why did you begin teaching in Second Life?
I’d recently read an article in Life magazine about Second Life and I was looking for a tool that would allow me teach for two weeks in Montana and then two weeks in California, going back and forth for 16 weeks. That way I was able to keep my practice and do a full semester of teaching. That’s the original reason that I began teaching in Second Life. In addition to that, Second Life does have 3D building capabilities in the program, so those are the two reasons.

What's the benefit of using the virtual environment of Second Life versus a 3D modeling program?
There are pros and cons of each, so one doesn't replace the other.[...]

How have your students responded to the experiences?
I had a student the first year who came in with an idea at 8:00 in the morning. He was designing a multimedia theater in Second Life where he could teach History of Architecture. He built the theater by 10:00 a.m. and had all the other students’ avatars visit the theater. He showed us around, had us go in the theater. There were one or two things that occurred that made it clear that his design didn’t articulate exactly what he wanted people to do when they entered the building.[...]

Final thoughts?
I would continue to encourage a relationship with virtual environments. We don’t have to make all the conclusions now. We don’t have to judge it based on its current level of capabilities. It’s going to get better in the future. It’s not the be-all, end-all for everything, but it’s also not to be disregarded as a contributing technology to architecture.[...]

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