Launch of an international metaverse design program in Asia


02 June 2022 11:53 STI

London [UK]June 2 (ANI/PNN): A unique 3-week online course has been launched for design students in Asia, focusing on designing cities and places of entertainment in the metaverse.
Dezact, UK, in collaboration with LAC, China, Design Futures Foundation (DFF), USA and Avani Institute of Design, India, launched the online course titled “MetaPlay 2.0” to promote the potential and viability of emerging technologies such as parametric design and modeling tools and augmented reality/virtual reality tools.
MetaPlay is intended to be a micro design studio equipping participants with actionable digital and parametric modeling skills and exposure to game engines and CGI tools within the AEC industry.
The workshop will explore the concept of multidimensional spaces and experiences in architecture. MetaPlay 2.0 continues research to design future social and leisure experiences in virtual environments and expands the scope of research exploring time as a dimension with a focus on spatial transformability and programmable questions.
The workshop will also explore a variety of other topics such as potential changes to the architectural design process, organization of materials, tectonics, spatial experiences, and public perception of a built environment within a project. Design. MetaPlay 2.0 aims to study the evolution of the way of architectural production using disrupted technologies such as AI, generative design, automation and augmented reality / virtual reality tools to explore and rethink the design of architecture. built environment that is designed and experienced digitally. This is the second course in a series of international courses that will take place throughout this year.
At MetaPlay, participants will learn practical skills on building the digital world directly from industry experts. The list of instructors includes names like Akshay Goyal (founder of Tron Labs and partner of Architron Group), Ping-Hsiang Chen (lead architect at Zaha Hadid Architects), Dimitar Pouchnikov (HOK Architects), Cherylene M. Shangpliang (designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, London), Zehao Qin (Design Systems Analyst in the Applied Research + Development (ARD) group at Foster + Partners, London) and Jiahao Syu (Foster and Partners).
Additionally, at the end of the 6-day workshop, students must design and build architectural-scale projects in a virtual environment. Students from multiple countries are expected to join this global design workshop and by attending the course, students will not only receive behind-the-scenes exposure to creating entertainment venues for future metaverses and crypto, but will also be certified as designers of metaverse.
Ping-Hsiang Chen, Director and Co-Founder of Dezact London, said: “Creative industries such as architecture and design involve a basic process based on iterating over hundreds of ideas before coming up with a final idea. in front of a client.Ultimately, this version may not be understood correctly due to the designer’s limited graphic capabilities or a client’s lack of technical knowledge.
Metaverse is a great platform for such design ideas to be experimented with and opens wider opportunities for projects that have great social, economic, and functional potential. Metaverse not only helps the creative industry grow, but at the same time, the efforts put in by the designers in the projects can potentially be compensated in unique and creative ways.

In this context, the MetaPlay workshop series aims to address future spatial design and engagement in conjunction with the psychological aspects of a human and experiences in a new type of virtual space.”
As LAC Founder Jeffery Lee explains, “The world is witnessing a new wave of metaverse with the breakthroughs and innovations in internet and hardware technologies. Technologies such as NFT, virtual spaces, metaverse and AR platforms and VR are increasingly being promoted by the Chinese government, Internet giants and coincidentally cutting-edge architecture companies.In collaboration with DEZACT, DFF and the Avani Design Institute, the online workshop “Meta Play” from LAC provides Chinese students with such future opportunities to explore in this field from an international perspective.”

Speaking about this unique workshop, Akshay Goyal, co-founder of Design Future Foundation (DFF) and Dezact, shares: “Post Covid, the Web 3.0 revolution has generated immense interest in smart contracts, virtual metaverse platforms and all that relates to NFT. Over the next decade, people will increasingly seek out immersive virtual experiences, pushing consumers and brands into the metaverse. Early pioneers include platforms like Sandbox and decentraland and the course plans to spark that conversation with the virtual designers and developers of this future.
DEZACT is a London-based organization created to speculate and investigate the changing ways of designing, producing and consuming urban space in the post-digital age. It operates at the disciplinary intersection of art, architecture, new media and urban studies. It brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward-looking debate on the place of technology in art, architecture and culture.
LAC (Linking Academy Creation) is a design organization founded in 2014 in Shanghai, China, with branches in Beijing, Hangzhou and Wuhan. She has expertise in the development and linking of educational resources in the fields of architecture, landscape and interaction design. It aims to be the leading international platform for design education, academic exchange and design practice.
Design Future Foundation (DFF) is a non-profit organization that believes in the potential of design to solve global problems and create massive impact in our rapidly changing world. Operating at the intersection of design and emerging technologies, DFF engages with organizations, universities and professionals to explore the impact of design beyond its parenthetical boundaries.
Now Dezact, UK has joined hands with LAC, China, DFF, USA and Avani Institute of Design, India in a mission to help developers and architects on their journey to the metaverse of the future.
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