Envisioning Cyberspace: Designing 3D Electronic Spaces

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Free of the constraints of physical form and limited only by imagination, new environments spring to life daily in a fantastic realm called cyberspace. The creators of this new virtual world may be programmers, designers, architects, even children. In this invigorating exploration of the juncture between cyberspace and the physical world, architect Peter Anders brings together leading-edge cyberspace art and architecture ... inspiring new techniques and technologies ... unexpected unions of reality and virtuality ... and visions of challenges and opportunities as yet unexplored. More than an invitation to tour fantastic realms and examine powerful tools, this book is a hard-eyed look at cyberspace's impact on physical, cultural, and social reality, and the human-centered principles of its design. This is a book that will set designers and architects thinkingÑand a work of importance to anyone fascinated with the fast-closing space between the real and the virtual.

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Unfettered Excerpt by the Limits of the Imagination. Free of constraints of physical form and limited only by imagination, new environments spring to life daily in the fantastic realm of cyberspace. Fabulous structures welcome throngs of people, new communities bond across borders, fallen kingdoms thrive once more while futuristic cities rise majestically amid fields of electrons. The creators of this new virtual world may be programmers, designers, architects, even children. Unexpected Unions of Reality and Virtuality: In this this invigorating exploration of the juncture between cyberspace and the physical world, and reality and virtuality, architect Peter Anders brings together leading-edge cyberspace art and architecture...inspiring new techniques and technologies...unexpected unions of reality and virtuality...and visions of challenges and opportunities as yet unexplored. More Than Fantastic Realms and Powerful Tools: More than an invitation to tour fantastic realms and examine powerful tools, this book is a hard-eyed look at cyberspace's impact on physical, cultural, and social reality, and the human-centered principles of its design. From analyses of the implications of multi-user domains on the physical form of libraries, banks, and schools to new ways to regard virtual villages, this work rockets architects to the epicenter of cyber-creation. This is a book that will set designers and architects thinking--and a work of importance to anyone fascinated with the fast-closing space between the real and the virtual.

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Peter Anders is the principal of Anders Associates, an architectural practice specializing in information-intensive environments. Widely published, he has received numerous professional awards for his work and has taught graduate-level architectural design studios, theory, and computer-aided design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan. He invites those interested in the development of cyberspace to contact him at anders@concentric.net.

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