Making Sense of Space, 1st Edition

  • Iryna Kuksa
  • Published By: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1780634064
  • ISBN-13: 9781780634067
  • DDC: 006.8
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 200 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The use of Virtual Worlds (VWs) has increased in the last decade. VWs are used for communication, education, community building, creative arts, and more. A good deal of research has been conducted into learning and VWs, but other areas remain ripe for investigation. Factors from technological platforms to the nature and conventions of the communities that use VWs must be considered, in order to achieve the best possible interaction between virtual spaces and their users. Making Sense of Space focuses on the background to these issues, describing a range of case studies conducted by the authors. The book investigates the innovative and creative ways designers employ VWs for research, performance-making, and audience engagement. Secondly, it looks into how educators use these spaces to support their teaching practice. Lastly, the book examines the potential of VWs as new methods of communication, and the ways they are changing our perception of reality. This book is structured into four chapters. An introduction provides a history and outline of important themes for VWs, and subsequent chapters consider the design of virtual spaces, experience of virtual spaces, and communication in virtual spaces.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
About the Authors.
1: Spaces, Presence, Realities ….
2: Remediating Technology, Translating Experience, Immersing in Spaces.
3: Creating Virtual Spaces.
4: Virtual Spaces – ‘Work-in-Progress’: Software, Devices and Design Principles.
5: Art, History and Culture in Digital Spaces.
6: Theatre in the Virtual Day and Age.
7: Experiencing Virtual Spaces.
8: Two Models to Conceptualize Space.
9: Other Spaces, and Other Ways of Making Sense of Them.
10: First, Second, Third and Fourth Places – Making Extra Sense of Space.
11: Virtual Worlds in Education.
12: Making Sense of Space – the Practitioner Perspective.
13: Moving Towards the Alien ‘Other’ ….
14: Conclusion.
15: The Future of Spaces – Physical or Virtual?.