The BBC News website today reported on a scheme to use Second Life for designing a new Jardin Des Halles, in Paris. Plans have been in the pipeline since 2004 for the development of a garden area sitting atop the Les Halles shopping mall, but the local residents’ association, Accomplir, is not happy with the lack of consultation. They have therefore taken matters into their own hands, and have launched a competition, inviting all would-be garden designers to weave some magic in Second Life. Accomplir will draw up a short-list of the top 5, which will be displayed on an island in Second Life (as yet unidentifed). The winner, to be announced at the end of June, will receive a prize of 275,000 L$. Accomplir will then take the winning entry to Paris Town Hall, in a bid to persuade officials to speed up the laggardly redevelopment process. A full schedule of the competition timescales can be found in the Accomplir press release.
Accomplir are being assisted in this by Reperes, a Paris-based market research organisation, who have posted the specifications. As they describe it, ‘[the] competition has a double objective: the creation of a “garden for everyone”, with different areas where everyone can find a place that suits them, and to be as creative as possible regarding this exceptional place located in the centre of Paris.’ Reperes themselves will be utilising the resources of another French company, Pourquoitucours, who will ‘mobilize its relations for this project.’
As an aside, Reperes, themselves, recently held a competition for the design of their new Second Life headquarters, and have selected Virtuool, whose innovative “giant head” will itself prove something of a head-turner!
Aleister Kronos appears by kind permission of Ambling in Second Life.