NonA Weekly: UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE MIND 🤯
Dear readers and friends,
One might think 💭 in a virtual environment where anything is possible, that the architecture of these ephemeral environments might reach new heights 🚀. That it might break free from the bonds of physical and budgetary limitations and become something so much greater 💥. Architecture can finally be free to become wholly narrative, full of meaning, instigate a powerful 💪 user experience, and convey a deep connection to the game plot 🎮 and player perception.
1. THE IMPORTANCE OF ARCHITECTURE IN VIDEO GAMES AND VIRTUAL WORLDS 🌐
Not only does architecture 🏛️ matter in video games, deserving of careful consideration and design intent ✍️, but it arguable matters as much, or eventually more, than PHYSICAL architecture on numerous counts. At the very least, virtual environments deserve to be more than an afterthought.
2. 10 REASONS ARCHITECTS SHOULD PLAY MORE VIDEO GAMES 🕹️
As Architects, we often consider several creative pursuits 🎨, such as sketching, painting and sculpting, as ways to develop our creative processes and hone our craft. But, have you ever considered that playing video games 📺 could hold the same benefits? Probably not, but here are 10 reasons why you should START to.
3. THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTS IN VR, AR, AND VIDEO GAMES 🤖
Architectural Designer Quinn Levine CHALLENGES the common misconception that designers have a significant amount of knowledge 🧠 only applicable to building design and construction as there are clear parallels between real and virtual design processes.
4. BEST VIDEO GAMES FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN NERDS 🤓
As children, we begin our interaction with the world through shapes, building blocks 🧱, and Legos. As time goes on, we lose that willingness to create as we fall back on more passive activities. For those whose fascination with making things never stopped, HERE’S a compilation of the top video games 🕹️ every architecture nerd – and Lego fanatic – will love.
5. CORRELATION BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND VIDEO GAMES 🕹️VIRTUAL WORLD AND REAL-WORLD COMPARISON
With the EVOLUTION of technology 💻, the implementation of computer technologies and virtual reality systems into every aspect of design and construction systems has also increased 📈. Video games and its entertainment industry have become one of the major industries in the world that are widespread and continuously used these technologies.
6. HOW ARCHITECTURE IS HELPING GAME DESIGNERS BUILD NEW WORLDS 🌐
Both architecture and game design are concerned with the built environment 🏗️, with predicting how an end-user will navigate a space. While real-world buildings provide human 🧍 necessities such as privacy or shelter from the weather, gaming architecture is generally an aesthetic proposition intended to IMMERSE players or a series of functional forms to be traversed. It exists to ornament, constrain, conceal, to challenge our reflexes and wits.
7. JOSE SANCHEZ ON VIDEO GAMES AND ARCHITECTURE 🏛️
PODCAST episode 🎤 with Jose Sanchez, who is an associate professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture, in Los Angeles, an independent game developer, and director of the Plethora Project, a research initiative that explores the connection between architecture and gaming. His latest project is Block’hood. The desktop neighborhood-building 🏘️ simulation game is based on the idea of resource scarcity – so don’t even think about using a “cheat code” – and shows new opportunities for video games in practice, by communicating design and planning 🗺️ decisions.
Stay creative and see you all next week! 👋