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The Architecture of Virtual Environments: Designing for the Metaverse

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ virtual gallery “NFTism. Image © JOURNEE

For the past couple of years, the metaverse has been gaining prominence, prompting architects to consider its implications for our relationship with the physical environment and how can architecture contribute to this new virtual space. Architecture in the metaverse is no longer a fringe subject, having been embraced by established firms. “The metaverse is where much of the architectural action and innovation will be happening in the coming period,” says Patrick Schumacher. Unbound from restraints such as physics, material properties and construction costs, the metaverse unlocked a new realm of architectural expression. The following looks at some of the various ways the profession engages with the expanding field of digital environments.

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