Philip Rosedale at Tate Modern UK, 30th November 2010


The Architecture foundation “presents a conversation between Philip Rosedale the creator of the virtual community Second Life and Winy Maas, co-founder of the acclaimed Dutch architecture practice MVRDV“. The event will take place at Tate Modern in London on 30th November 2010 featuring Philip Rosedale discussing “virtual realities, investigating how the two worlds can learn from, inform and influence each other“.

Hopefully the event will be live streamed so the SL community can view it.

Event Details

  • Tue 30th November 2010, 7:00pm
  • Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG , SE1 9TG, Map
  • Series: The John Edwards Lecture
  • Organised by: The Architecture Foundation

Details of the event

For the 2010 annual John Edwards Lecture The Architecture Foundation presents a conversation between Philip Rosedale the creator of the virtual community Second Life and Winy Maas, co-founder of the acclaimed Dutch architecture practice MVRDV. Inspired by their positions at the forefront of their respective fields they will take a wide-ranging perspective on built and virtual realities, investigating how the two worlds can learn from, inform and influence each other. A dialogue exploring architecture, urbanism, technology, progress, social systems and visions of the future, for the 2010 John Edwards Lecture.

The virtual civilisation of Second Life boasts millions of citizens and a buzzing virtual economy (which represents over $10 million in “real world” value), held within its rapidly maturing virtual infrastructure. It is arguably the closest realization of the science fiction of alternate reality that humans have achieved to date. Captivated with the idea of simulated reality and imaginary environments from a young age, Philip Rosendale made a living creating and selling databases, became CTO of RealNetworks, and eventually founded Linden Lab to realize his dream of building Second Life. Created with the aim of re-structuring the way we interact with the web, Second Life’s appeal to human creativity is demonstrated through its online industries and bustling social spaces, real-life businesses and religious organisations who now use Second Life as a platform for meetings, services and collaboration. Growing every day, Rosedale, listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, believes that virtual realms such as Second Life will drastically change the way people interact. “You can imagine New York City being kind of like a museum,” speculates Rosedale. “Still an incredibly cool place to go, but with no one working in those towers. You are going to work in a virtual world.”

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