Real places recreated part one: Modern landmarks
Real places recreated part one: Modern landmarks. When you peel back the layers of Second Life you discover a virtual world populated by a large number of creative people. One of the main reasons for this is explained by the ability for residents to create anything they feel like making or building.
This attribute of virtual worlds should not be under-estimated. Factors like collaboration and shared spaces are often cited as the compelling reasons why people adopt metaverses, but for a lot of people what Second Life has given them is a platform for self-expression – particularly for women.
The quality of these creations obviously varies greatly but spend a little time in SL and you can discover some pretty awesome venues, buildings and places. One field that shows the power of user-generated content in virtual worlds is the recreation of real world places. These range from modern landmarks and buildings right through to ancient cities and historical landmarks.
But these types of places in Second Life are not just designed for designs sake. In some cases they provide educational benefits, other entertainment and some offer the benefits of facilitating virtual communities. What’s also of interest is that not all of these places have been created by brands for a commercial benefit – some have been painstakingly built by enthusiasts.
In the first of a series about real places recreated in Second Life, the first theme explored is modern landmarks. So, don your safari jacket and go explore some interesting places in Second Life. Here’s some modern-day famous landmarks:
The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Here’s the SLurl for the Burj.
Sydney Opera House over on the Telstra Big Pond. Here’s the SLurl.
The Atomium in Belgium. Albeit a little one.
The Ajax FC stadium. Here’s a post about this project.
Apple store Manhattan (not longer in existence but here’s the story.)