- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (October 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070016321
- ISBN-13: 978-0070016323
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Envisioning Cyberspace: Designing 3D Electronic Spaces 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It's not surprising then, that a uniquely comprehensive view should come from a member of the original generalist profession - architecture. In "ENVISIONING CYBERSPACE: Designing 3D Electronic Spaces," architect and media theorist, Peter Anders has succeeded in delivering one of the best and rarest overviews of the beginnings of the Information Age.
Integrity demands that I disclose that some of my own work is featured in this book, but what I discovered to my great surprise and delight, is that it's also filled with many incredible technologies and ideas that I was unaware of. Such is the difficulty in being aware of everything that's going on in our rapidly evolving era.
Anyone interested or involved in the design and development of information technologies would do well to read this book. The future is not limited to just a simple extrapolation of what's most commonly known today. The real Information Age is a vast, barely explored region of possibility around us and ahead. We're lucky to have Peter Anders serving as both Lewis and Clark.
The book fills in many details in the history of building cyberspaces.
Next year in cyberspace!