Foundation Learning Kowhai build begins
The contrast between the build for The Birth Place (Te Waihi Whanau) and
The Foundation Learning project’s new build is quite striking.
There is a futuristic, almost organic building growing out of the ground on the Kowhai Island, where the three-pilot SLENZ Project – Midwifery, Foundation Learning and Orientation – is being created in Second Life.
Being designed/built by SLENZ lead developer Aaron Griffith’s (SL: Isa Goodman) , the “Clothing Centre” has been designed to be rezzable-on-demand, like all the Foundation buildings are likely to be.
The “centre” will be used by Foundation Learning students in the pilot programme to choose and put on the appropriate clothing for job interviews and other interactions set up by Foundation Learning lead educator Merle Lemon (SL: Briarmelle Quintessa) and her colleagues, before being assessed as to appropriateness for purpose by themselves, fellow students and educators.
When the build is finished it will be joined by rezz-at-will “classroom” “conference” and interview spaces for use by the students taking part in pilot programme.
The initial building has been designed by Griffiths in close consultation with Lemon, to ensure relatively low lag – it will contain comparatively prim-heavy clothing, hair and other avatar accoutrements – and for ease of newbie camera use and movement.
In the beginning …
The ground or first floor has been designated the display area with pose stand changing areas on the balconies on the second floor, closed changing rooms on the third floor and a fourth floor, at the top ,with the ability for a room ( holodeck) to be moved or fired 100 metres into the air for complete privacy, something Lemon considers necessary and which may be in demand because of the cultural and religious diversity of her student body.
“It’s more to cater for those students, mainly female, who are culturally sensitive and do not wish to change their clothes within sight of anyone having the remote possibility of seeing them changing, even as an avatar,” Griffiths commented.
The floors will be connected by easy-to-use TP points.
Lemon, Griffiths said, had specified a circular building with glass and metal. Working with her – she had supplied pictures and sketches of her ideas – he had begun with mega cylinders before moving eventually to sculptie prims because they proved both easier to get the desired shapes and also were more attractive.
The build although having a light airy feel because of the arches and iconic Aotearoa-New Zealand panels of blue-green, see-through paua (abalone) shell textures, still has form and substance. It is only 30 metres in diameter.