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Forgotten City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Forgotten City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Episode 284 of Designing Worlds, the weekly show on design and designers in virtual worlds, was a retrospective where we revisited some of the most popular of our shows broadcast over the past year. We chose to present it from a Second Life landmark, the amazing and mysterious Forgotten City, by Mandy Marseille and Jenne Dibou. Only after we decided to do this did we learn that the Forgotten City was about to vanish forever from the Grid (although there will be a quarter-region memorial on the Mainland, “Ruins of the Forgotten City”).

Just a day or two before it vanished forever, we took the opportunity to capture two elements on the Forgotten City – a video fly-through the main city and sequences of other notable areas of the region shot by Elrik Merlin; and a beautiful slideshow created by our show photographer Wildstar Beaumont.

Our Forgotten City items were so well-received as part of Episode 284 that we’ve decided to release them as a mini-feature on their own. We do hope you enjoy these last looks at a wonderful place, and we wish Mandy Marseille and Jenne Dibou every success in their future projects. Thank you both for bringing a marvellous creation to the virtual world.

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Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 3rd November at 2pm SLT Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for what might be nostalgic for some, and an American icon for others – the world of High School – as we pay a visit to Rocky Valley High School!

In the past we’ve visited family communities and camps, even a school for younger children. This week we step into the world of jocks and cheerleaders, nerds and plastics, as we visit an American High School. We see the classes, the social activities and the sports, and we learn some of the reasons why people enjoy re-living their teen years, hang-ups, hang-outs, heartaches and all!

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There are other roles you can play in the community, and we learn something about that too from our two hosts – Kate Watson, Admissions Administrator and Michele Sabetha, Captain of the Cheer Squad.

And the community itself has a wider role to play. We first met the cheerleaders of Rocky Valley High School at Relay for Life when they had a campsite opposite the telethon studio and were doing enthusiastic cheers all weekend!

Rocky Valley High School: Saffia with cheerleading bear

Rocky Valley High School: Saffia with cheerleading bear

Join us for tonight’s show – and our audience members will receive special gifts too … the sports team are called the bears, and there will be special football and cheerleading bears for our audience to collect. So don’t miss it!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel,  the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocky Valley High School, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Our special edition of Designing Worlds for Thanksgiving is now available on the web!

Thanksgiving (and the US Thanksgiving happens this Thursday) is a time for giving thanks – and so this year for our annual Thanksgiving show, we decided to give thanks for the amazing design work that is being carried out in mesh.

To do this, we asked the team behind the group Mesh Creative to host our Thanksgiving Dinner, in a house specially created, landscaped and furnished for this very special occasion!

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

We were joined by Loz Hyde of Meshworx, Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Designs, Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Lilith Heart of Heart Botanicals and Pamela Galli of La Galleria, while Samantha Ohrberg acted as cat herder!  Other designers whose work appears on the show include Froukje Hoorenbeeke of Dutchie, Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft, Domineax Prospero of The Domineaux Effect and Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea, among others. And the walls are decorated with some beautiful Second Life Art.

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Designers who donated items to the Home & Garden Showcase
Cain Maven, Quantum Luxury Homes
Loz Hyde, MESHWORX
Froukje Hoorenbeek, Dutchie
Maxwell Graf, Rustica
Isla Gealach, Cheeky Pea
Pamela Galli, La Galleria
Domineaux Prospero, The Domineaux Effect

The Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving Dinner

Other Designers featured in the house
Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative
Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft
Eku Zhong of Culprit
Kalia Firelyte of Dysfunctional Designs
Kaz Nayar of Pilot
Kendra Zaurak of Fanatik
Nico Griffith of Tartessos Arts
Pandora Popstar of LISP
Shai Delacroix of Shai
Van Auster of POST
Winter Thorn of What Next
Yelo Uriza of ARIA

In the kitchen of the Thanksgiving House

In the kitchen of the Thanksgiving House

Artwork by
Anrod Meads “Ragging Inferno”
PJ Trenton “Winds Wellaway”
Nino Vichan “Pending” and “Right Hand Harmonics
Carlotta Ceawlin “After the Storm and Together
Rhea Choral ” Perched”
Fuschia Nightfire “Dancing crow “, “Lightning strikes Thrice” and “Thunder”

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Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday25th February, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the beautiful estate of the Coeurs, sometimes called the Duchy, a series of fourteen French baroque regions, each named after a specific region in France.

This is, however, not the highly formalised world of the Court, nor the seething poverty that led to the French Revolution, but a gentle and gracious style of rural living, with the bourgeoisie and the haut bourgeoisie living in beautiful surroundings with beautiful small towns and elegant homes, graced by the occasional chateau.

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined on the show by two of the owners of the estate, His Grace the Duke and one of the two Duchesses of the Coeurs – but we have permission to introduce them by their less formal names, as Bedrich Panacek and SkyeRyder Varriale!

In their company, we explore museums, canals, courtyards and carriage rides – because the Duchy has one of the most elegant systems of transportation anywhere in Second Life, as residents can order carriages to come to their door and take them anywhere in the estate.  Or – like Elrik – some might prefer to travel by boat and see the amazing locks, based of locks designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fun and fascinating show – so do come and join us 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!

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th January, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore a really fascinating region – a thoughtful and incredibly detailed recreation of 1920s Berlin.

This is a fascinating slice of history. Weimar Germany was a place of immense social deprivations, and great wealth, a time of fiery politics, riots, rebellions and the growth of political parties that would dominate the coming decades.  But it was also a time of enormous artistic creativity in art, architecture and the comparatively new medium of film. It was also a time of tremendous decadence – a time when all sorts of previously hidden or repressed behaviours were permitted, sometimes encouraged … and often viewed on the stages and in the cabarets.

1920s Berlin - the Alexanderplatz

1920s Berlin – the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

All of this vibrant life takes place in a beautiful European city – a city also teeming with slums and a vibrant working class culture.

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era.

It’s a show you really won’t want to miss! So do come and join us at 2pm – and see how the Designing Worlds studio has acquired a Bierkeller!

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – 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!

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Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th November, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams where we’ll be exploring the island of Temasek with its owner, Veritas Raymaker.

Temasek is inspired by the island of Singapore, and Veritas has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world.  Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – 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!

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Alchemy Immortalis: Cottage and Ruins on Inis Caiseal - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Alchemy Immortalis: Cottage and Ruins on Inis Caiseal - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th March at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be broadcasting a stunningly beautiful show, exploring the lovely Alchemy Immortalis region.

Based on rural Ireland (with a lovely French twist in one particularly delicious area!), the sims feature the green and open landscapes, the stone walls and the awesome seascapes that are a feature of Ireland.  There are trails for walking or horse riding – and there’s also a series of wonderful roadster tours that one can take – as Elrik does – while Saffia explores a fascinating community project that Alchemy and Immortalis Cyannis, owners and designers of the region, are developing for their residents.

Treats await in Sirenes et Moineaux Patisserie on Alchemy Immortalis

Treats await in Sirenes et Moineaux Patisserie on Alchemy Immortalis

And Saffia also visits that … mmmm … patisserie!

We talk to Alchemy Cyannis about the beautiful regions she and Immortalis have created, their inspirations and their plans as we explore this unique and lovely region.

And then, of course, there are those sheep …

Alchemy Immortalis: What are the sheep watching? Find out on the show! - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Alchemy Immortalis: What are the sheep watching? Find out on the show! - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

This is a gorgeous show – and our tribute to St Patrick’s Day too!  And for people who attend the show in person at the studio, there will be a very special gift from Alchemy Immortalis which you really won’t want to miss! So do come and join us there at 2pm!

Alchemy Immortalis: Sunset - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Alchemy Immortalis: Sunset - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – 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!

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