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Archive for September 23rd, 2013

Our visit to the homage to the post World War Case Study Houses, with two of them being recreated in Second Life by the talented designer Painter Meriman is now on the web!

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Case Study House no 8 - The Eames House - interior

Case Study House no 8 – The Eames House – interior

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

If you would like to learn more, you can see a short film made by the Eames family here.

Case Study House No 9 - The Entenza House

Case Study House No 9 – The Entenza House

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Tradewinds: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Tradewinds Yacht Club: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23rd September for another episode of our new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we learn about the amazing (and beautiful) phenomenon that is Second Life Sailing.

Blake Sea: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Nantucket Yacht Club: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We will be exploring different facets of sailing in Second Life – we’ll be talking to the icon of Second Life sailing, MarkTwain White, who will be telling us something of the history of sailing in Second Life, to David Abbott who tells us all about racing under sail – and takes use for a trip that demonstrates the speed of his craft, the Final Draft.

Holly Kai One: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Holly Kai One: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we’ll be talking to boat builders RJ Kikuchiyo, owner of Kiku Craft and builder of lighthouses, and Jethro Sands & Rene Underby of ReneMarine.

And finally we will be talking to our own Wildstar Beaumont, who supplied these beautiful pictures of sailing ships (and has supplied many more for the show). Wildstar talks to us about the Age of Sail and tall ships in Second Life, and the possibilities of long distance voyages of exploration.

Isla de Jacqinda: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trudeau Classic Yachts: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

This is a very special feature length show – and it’s stunningly beautiful – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Battle Star: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

A frigate at the Crow’s Nest: Sailing in Second Life; photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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