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This week on Monday 25th May at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back to the beautiful and fascinating region of Arcachon, sadly long gone from the Second Life grid.

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/379594685. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW188 Arcachon – 11th February 2013 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Arcachon Atlantique, the beautiful Francophone region based on the Languedoc region of France, which had recently come close to closure, despite offering great activities and developing a brilliant immersive language learning programme.

We explored some of the beauties of the region with Claire Pascale, the owner of Arcachon and with Cybère Placebo, who had been working on developing language courses, as well as Karelia Kondor, a teacher of French in the UK, who had used the region of Arcachon in her teaching.

Arcachon

Arcachon

We explored the region, discussing the plans to use it as an immersive language resource, and also experiencing some of the activities it offered, from wine tasting, to a hot air balloon trip, to harvesting (and enjoying!) fresh oysters.

And we looked at the problems owners face in sustaining such a region.

Arcachon

Arcachon

Sadly, although publicity sustained Arcachon for several more months, some time after our visit it was forced to close.

It is a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm at our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Arcachon

Arcachon

Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We closed out the last season with a look back at Fantasy Faire 2011, and we are opening this season with the first of two visits to this year’s Fantasy Faire!

 

DW417 – Fantasy Faire 2020 Part 1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The twelfth annual event of its kind in Second Life, Fantasy Faire 2020 was the biggest yet – and by the end of the Faire in early May the event had raised over US$75,000 for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society to support its international efforts to bring about a world without cancer.

Sirens' Lore, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sirens’ Lore, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to organiser Elizabeth Tinsley and head of operations David Abbot, and we take flythroughs of nine of the eighteen regions created by Second Life’s most brilliant creators. captured by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

Heliodor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Heliodor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow and explore the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Spirit of Kuruk, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Spirit of Kuruk, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Queensgarden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Queensgarden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We closed out the last season with a look back at Fantasy Faire 2011, and we are opening this season with the first of two visits to this year’s Fantasy Faire! Join us at 2pm on Monday, 18th May when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html.

And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Agra Adara, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Agra Adara, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, Fantasy Faire Captain, and Co-Captain David Abbot about this year’s Faire, and what the running of an event like the Faire involves. And we take a look around the eighteen regions of the Faire – nine through excursions by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

By the time the Fairelands had faded into the mists, Fantasy Faire 2020 raised the astonishing (and record-breaking) sum of US$75,312!

Cassiopeia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cassiopeia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm to see the beauties of the Faire – and relieve some memories! It’s a stunning show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Autumnium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Autumnium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

This week on Monday 13th April at 2pm SLT, as excitement grows for THIS year’s Fantasy Faire, we are taking a look back to our very first Fantasy Faire show, back in 2011!

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

#122 Fantasy Faire – 4th April 2011 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/373068686. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

This is what we said in 2011:

“Today Designing Worlds will be visiting Fantasy Faire and sharing with you some of the amazing regions that make up the Faire! So prepare for fantastic elven woodlands, for lakes of chocolate, for delicately texture dark mysteries, for seas that lure mermaids, and for steampunk fantasies beyond your wildest dreams! And we’ll be learning all about the Faire and the entertainments that it is offering for visitors, as well as about how the hunt has achieved its wonderful, magical appearance – and about some of the designers who have worked so hard to make it happen.”

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

The annual Fantasy Faire was, in 2011, a 9-sim extravaganza celebration with a slant toward elves, fairies, dragons, mermaids plus many more role playing fans. The 10 day event featured some amazing and impressive builds to visit and was, as ever, part of the Relay For Life in SL campaign to benefit the American Cancer Society.

We don’t have time to show you all the regions – but you will be able to see some awesome photos, taken by the talented Mr PJ Trenton, of the Faire as a whole.

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

If you want to learn more about the amazing individual regions at the Faire in 2011, follow Beq Janus’s daily posts on the Prim Perfect blog!

After the show, Saffia was captured and placed in jail to raise funds for Relay for Life.  Despite valiant efforts by friendly dragons to free her, she was held fast until she posted bail of L$50,000!

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

Fantasy Faire 2011, photographed by PJ Trenton

There will be more news to come very soon about THIS year’s 18 region Fantasy Faire. In the mean-time, do take a look at the Fantasy Faire website at: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

 

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show, Designing Worlds visited Cain Maven, the designer behind Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes – and enjoyed a good discussion with him too!

DW416 – Cain Maven from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Cain’s Designs range from the vast (in the Quantum Luxury Homes range) to more modest styles in the Maven Homes range. We talked to him about his design concepts, and explored both types of homes. Can also allowed us a glimpse at the very first home he built – we think you’ll enjoy his caustic comments on his efforts back then!

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But his more recent homes range from classical builds to the ultra modern, built with style and class – there is a reason why both brands are so popular!

We also took the time for a longer discussion with Cain on issues such as the new Linden Homes and the sale of Sansar – does Cain see the Sansar project as a waste of time, or as a valuable learning experience (on many levels) for the Lab.

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week Designing Worlds is visiting Cain Maven, the designer behind Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes.

From 2pm today, Monday 6th April, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html.

And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cain’s Designs range from the vast (in the Quantum Luxury Homes range) to more modest styles in the Maven Homes range. We talk to him about his design concepts, and explore both types of homes. Can also allows us a glimpse at the very first home he built – we think you’ll enjoy his caustic comments on his efforts back then!

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But his more recent homes range from classical builds to the ultra modern, built with style and class – there is a reason why both brands are so popular, as we hope to show!

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also take the time for a longer discussion with Cain on issues such as the new Linden Homes and the sale of Sansar – does Cain see the Sansar project as a waste of time, or as a valuable learning experience (on many levels) for the Lab.

Join us at 2pm to hear his views, as ever cogently and wittily expressed – and also to see his fabulous homes! It’s a very impressive show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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You can visit Cain’s showrooms for yourself at:
Maven Homes: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Maven%20Homes/125/125/22
Quantum Luxury Homes: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Quantum%20Destiny/170/126/21

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

This week on Monday 30th March at 2pm SLT, we take a look into the archives, to see again our show from 2010 on the uses that Imperial College London have made of virtual worlds (Second Life) for medical training to help doctors, nurses – and vulnerable patients.

Imperial College have been world leaders in modelling the path of the coronavirus pandemic; this show gives you a chance to see some of their other work.

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/373063396. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#109 Medical training with Imperial College London – 29th November 2010 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

In this show we explore a fascinating series of projects relating to medical education and public health awareness from one of the UK’s most highly regarded universities.

We will be looking at projects they have developed for their own Postgraduate Medical Training Centre, and in partnership with a whole range of other organisations including the government agency NHS for London, the University of Brighton, Sussex Partnerships NHS, the Grace Eyre Foundation and even the Royal College for Art!

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

These projects seek to use Second Life in innovative ways for training doctors, nurses and other health professionals in areas ranging from crisis management on hospital wards to the most effective forms of signage in hospital corridors.

And there are also projects that relate to patients too.  We’ll be seeing how a re-creation of Brighton sea-front is used to help patients with learning difficulties understand how hospital procedures will affect them – and how Second Life can be used to demonstrate to Londoners how a Polyclinic can improve their healthcare.

All in all, this is a fascinating programme – and one that you shouldn’t miss! So do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London