Gucci City Opens On The Roblox Metaverse And Other News – SURFACE

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02 June 2022

Gucci City on Roblox. Photo provided by Gucci

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Gucci re-enters the Metaverse by unlocking Gucci Town, a permanent space on Roblox.

Gucci entered the Metaverse with the opening of Gucci City, a permanent space hosted on Roblox. The luxury home describes the project as a “dynamic destination” where users can explore the vision of Creative Director Alessandro Michele, express their individuality through virtual clothing, and connect with like-minded individuals. The virtual experience comes on the heels of last year’s Gucci Garden, a two-week event hosted by the brand on Roblox.” [H/T Input]

At a new exhibition in Seoul, Zaha Hadid Architects shares how she uses digital technology.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) has teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) on the exhibition “Meta-Horizons: The Future Now” in Seoul, Korea. Designed by ZHA to promote the induction and exchange of new ideas and to showcase innovative technologies and media, the inaugural exhibition explores the new DDP Design Museum ZHA’s work across multiple domains, from digital technology to artificial intelligence and virtual reality, showcases the company’s state-of-the-art designs, processing, and research incorporating immersive technologies and new manufacturing technologies.” [H/T ArchDaily]

Prime Seafood Palace designed by Omar Gandhi in Toronto. Final Photography by Adrian Ozymec

Primse Seafood Palace in Toronto meets a gourmet menu with a tranquil wooden interior.

“A hearty menu of steak and seafood is offset by the ‘light in the air’ interiors of this new Toronto restaurant in Queen Street West. Chef/Owner Matty Matheson and Architect Omar Gandhi designed Prime Seafood Palace together, transforming its barrel-shaped interiors To a quiet dining room lined with wood.The couple brought in gorgeous 900lb maple slats, which emphasize the curved ceiling of the Toronto restaurant and create built-in shutters for the windows.Wood paneling dominates the space, with brass light fixtures and bars, as well as a set of upholstered curved banquettes. with skin”. [H/T The Spaces]

The US Army began developing strategies for using the metaverse.

On May 10, two fighter pilots conducted a preliminary high-altitude test. A few thousand feet above the California desert, in a pair of Berkut 540 jets, they donned custom augmented reality headsets to connect to a system that covered a glowing ghost image of a refueling plane flying next to them in the sky. Then one pilot performed a maneuver to refuel the virtual tanker while the other looked on. Welcome to the fledgling military metaverse. It’s not just Silicon Valley that’s obsessed with the metaverse these days. Just as technology companies and corporations race to develop strategies for virtual worlds, many startups, defense contractors, and financiers are increasingly talking about the equation, even if its definition and utility are not always clear.” [H/T Wired]

Hauser & Wirth, Paris. Photo courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

Mega-Gallery Hauser and Wirth is expanding once again with the opening of its first exhibition in Paris.

“Hauser and Wirth are on the move again. The mega gallery has announced that it will open a new space in Paris next year, in the 8th arrondissement. We have made no secret that we have been looking for the perfect home for Hauser and Wirth in Paris for several years now,” Ewan Wirth, one of the founders of the gallery, said in a statement. , and I’m glad the search is now over.” The gallery, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, now has a total of 14 galleries worldwide. It also operates a publishing division called Hauser and Wirth Make, and in the fall, will open its second venue in Los Angeles. Los Angeles, in West Hollywood. [H/T Artnet News]

Seattle names Freeway Park, which crosses the highway, as a city landmark.

Freeway Park was declared a landmark in the city on Wednesday. The Seattle Landmark Preservation Board unanimously approved the park’s nomination as there was a four-step process for its nomination. The five-acre park, designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halperin, was built in 1976. It spans the highway and is supported by concrete piers and bridges, including a multi-story parking garage. It provides a path for people to cross the highway.” [H/T KIRO7]

Sheryl Sandberg, second in line to Mark Zuckerberg in Meta, is stepping down.

Sheryl Sandberg, Meta’s chief operating officer and second-in-command for its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, said Wednesday that she is stepping down from the company after 14 years. Ms Sandberg said she will be leaving Mita this fall and that she plans to continue serving on the company’s board of directors. Meta owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other apps.” [H/T The New York Times]

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