Virtual Worlds > Utopian UMD

Project 1 > Due Wed Sept 30th

Students contribute to a class image bank, sharing their collective documentation of landscape, architecture, plant life, people, transportation, recreation…

Individually, students develop Utopian visions of a new UMD campus. Students can explore the roots of utopian thinking, research artwork that depicts idealized communities through out history, or investigate virtual worlds in the digital era.

Each student creates at least 3 views of their utopian campus, rendered by using digital compositing techniques in photoshop. Final images should be horizontal format, printable to 8×10 (or larger). Keep print resolution at 200ppi, if possible. Some image bank images may be lower resolution.

Prepare a statement about your approach to this project and your vision of an ideal campus. ( about 150 words). Post to the blog by Mon Sept 28. Save images as jpgs for online photo gallery.

Dawn Hancock > Design Lecture Tonight!

Dawn Hancock lecture
Monday Sep 21 6:00 Boh90.

Dawn Hancock . . .
does design with high moral purpose.

Dawn is a talented, exciting and wonderfully idealistic designer who
devotes an unusually high percentage of her company’s resources to work
for the public good. Dawn started Firebelly in 1999, at the height of the dotcom era, a time when all the big agencies were buying up the boutique firms. Leaving
behind inflated budgets, corporate greed and style-over-substance, she
cashed-in her 401k and started creating “Good Design For Good Reason”.

see her work

Building Utopian Cities

Vegetal City: Idealistic Visions of Our Urban Future
by Ariel Schwartz

Check out this cool installation of a utopian city: Vegetal City by visionary architect from Brussels, Luc Schuiten. is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.