Architecture and Design Competition in Second Life


The results of the 1st Annual Architecture & Design Competition are in!
From a total of 126 submissions, an international jury that deliberated at Architekturforum Linz during the 2007 Ars Electronica Festival chose four finalists. All entries were put on public display both online and live in Second Life.

“Living Cloud” - Tanja Meyle from Berlin

“Whitenoise” - Max Moswitzer from Vienna

“Seventeen Unsung Songs” - Adam Nash from North Melbourne

“Hyperformalism” - DC Spensley from San Franciscan


The First Annual Architecture and Design Competition in Second Life in the virtual world of "Second Life" by the Austrian artist Stephan Doesinger.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International Virtual Architecture Competition
Genre Free-Theme, Virtual
Country Germany
RegDeadline 1 Sep 2007 GoogleCal iCal
1 Sep 2007
Eligibility All

The aim of the competition is to explore new trends of architecture and design on the electronic soil of the MMOG (massive multiplayer online game) of Second Life. Spatially interesting and aesthetically independent pieces of architecture are sought from the inhabitants of the digital parallel world that has almost four million participants. Computer games have stopped copying the world, and instead the world seems now to function more and more like a computer game. The aesthetic and cultural consequences of this twin relationship can already be seen in architecture at its best. Second Life consists of pixels, yearning, and fantasy. While in the real world architectural utopias play only a small role, the digital worlds of computer games, including Second Life (SL), have become the actual venue for this (and other) utopias.
Projects will be chosen from five categories:
1) Private Home
2) Corporate Architecture and V-shopping
3) High Rise
4) Landscape Design
5) Freestyle and Special Projects

Shumon Basar (Writer, editor, curator, director of AACP at the Architectural Association, London)
Mathieu Wellner (Facilitator of architecture, Haus der Kunst and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich )
Tor Lindstrand (Architect, International Festival und Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Pascal Schöning (Author and architect, Unit Master at the Architectural Association, London)
Michael Schirner (Head of the institute for art and media, professor at ZKM, Karlsruhe)
Stephan Doesinger (Artist, creative director & architect, initiator of the competition, Munich)

Competition Type

There will be 2 extra-prizes, the winners will receive a worldwide exposure.
The projects will be presented at the Ars Electronica festival 2007 and the results of the competition will be documented in a book.

Entry Fee

Image (not exceed 1MB)

Presented at the Ars Electronica festival: Sept. 5th - 11th, 2007 (in Linz, Austria)
The official prize ceremony: late Sept, 2007 (at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Zollverein Essen)
Published the book: spring 2008


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