A Matter of Scale
M E D I C I U N I V E R S I T Y
Office of The Provost
Dear Campus Community,
Thank you so much to everyone who’s contributed trees & other landscaping to the MU Campus! The place is starting to look better and better every day!
One small observation is that many of these trees are rather large in scale. Many things in SL are rather large: Buildings, Avatars, Camera Height. Yes, this is the land of “Impossible IRL”, but I think when everything is oversized, somehow the experience is smaller.
I’m not asking for the removal of anything! But, if you might have smaller trees or other landscaping, perhaps you can substitute?
As you arrived at MU it was pretty barren! Your contributions are really starting to help! Yet because of the large scale, it’s beginning to look a bit like a forest. In spite of our hilly geography, MU is an urban space. It is, or I hope it will become, a city.
The guiding text for our MU Campus design is Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities. This book is a masterpiece of insight, clear thinking, and counter-normative understanding. Our chief goal with the physical campus is a dense (hopefully more dense with people than with forest! 😀 mixed use, urban campus space.
If Jane Jacobs is our guiding principle for vibrant cities, then SL’s Penny Patton is our guide for effective Avatars, Cameras & Building in VR space. In just 3 posts she’s laid out how to build a better world:
Professor Blaylock from the MU School of Public Art has provided a handy index to all of Penny Patton’s essential insights to creation in our world.
Thank you all, so much, for your contributions to our evolving MU Campus!
To all of our new, arriving students, WELCOME TO MEDICI UNIVERSITY!
GO MU! (pronounced, Go Moo!)
Warmest Regards this January,