27 July, 2008

Archidemo Poster for SIGGRAPH2008 Poster Session

I just uploaded 2 pdf files of "Archidemo Poster" for SIGGRAPH2008 Poster Session.
  1. pdf #1 : Abstract of "Archidemo"
  2. pdf #2 : Winners of Digital Design Competition 2007
They are big files because the poster format is so large (4 feet by 8 feet).

Displayed outside Room 403, 404, 409, and 411, and in West Tower Lobby

My category:
Art, B113 - B126

Posters are displayed throughout the conference week:
  • Monday, 11 August 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 12 August 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 13 August 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, 14 August 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday, 15 August 8:30 am – noon
Poster Sessions (I will not be there):
  • Tuesday, 12 August 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, 14 August 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Poster images:

25 July, 2008

3D image database of Oscar Niemeyer on Second Life

Now I and student team of Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. are developing 3D image database of Oscar Niemeyer on Second Life. This is an official art project of "The 100th anniversary of exchanging between Japan and Brazil".

A big image screen appear from floating box, and when it is touched, original website is displayed.

All images are downloaded from image search by Google. Because of the specification of Second Life, it is necessary to one by one upload all images now.

This is still a prototype now. I want to form it to "Niemeyer's shape" finally. And also, the other archiving project that uses Google Earth is starting.

I will stay in Brazil between from Aug.1 to 9, and take photographs of Niemeyer's architecture and the city scenery of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. These material will be used for this project. Moreover, I will make a presentation of this project in FILE 2008 (Aug.5 15:30~).


Developing team:

Hidenori Watanave
Kanako Hayashi, Kaname Shimizu, Makiko Suzuki, Ryuta Kawahara, Yohei Nakano

11 July, 2008

The museum of the globe

Yesterday I invited "Atelier Ten Architects" for my laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University, and they made a special lecture of "Architecture in physical world / virtual worlds".

They are "Real" architect that had produced many architectural projects in physical world, and also, they are "Virtual" architect in Second Life, too. In "Digital Design Competition 2007" (I was a jury member), they won the Grand-prix of competiton.

They got a cooperation by Japanese information-technology company "GMO Tea-cup communications inc.", and realized their idea in Second Life, "The museum of the globe (slurl)".

Surprisingly, this beautiful and strange structure was constructed by auto-modeling system. First of all, they prepared the expression for this shape by Excel. and next, auto-modeling system made everything automatically. This modeling process took only 1 or 2 hours.

I will make a collaborative work with them in "3D-Internet archive of architecture and city environment of Japan and Brazil" and "Kisyo Kurokawa in Metaverse project". I will announce about these project soon.

02 July, 2008

The 100th anniversary of exchanging between Japan and Brazil

The year 2008 is "The 100th anniversary of exchanging between Japan and Brazil". My - Hidenori Watanave Laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University's - proposal passed the examination, and became an official event of Nippaku 2008 (Japanese and Portugues).

My proposal is "3D-Internet archive of architecture and city environment of Japan and Brazil. " I am planning to do the work of "Reconstruction" of architecture by Oscar Niemeyer and the architect in Japan to Second Life and Google Earth. A movie below is "Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum" on Google Earth (This was created by someone).

In addition, I will produce "Conversation space" concerning "Brazil","Niemeyer",etc. by using ChatBot. A movie below is a sample of "Conversation space" by Koichiro Hajiri in Archidemo.

I will make a presentation of this project in FILE2008 Sao Paulo.