Metaplay, a unique online metaverse design course launched for students

April 16, 2022 7:02 p.m. STI

London [UK]April 16 (ANI/PNN): A unique 3-week online course has been launched for design students, focusing on designing entertainment venues in the metaverse.
Design Futures Foundation (DFF), USA, in collaboration with Dezact, UK and Avani Institute of Design, India, launched the online course titled “MetaPlay” to promote the potential and viability of emerging technologies such as parametric design and modeling tools, and reality/virtual reality tools. This one-of-a-kind global online course is planned to be delivered in 3 phases over three weeks. MetaPlay is intended to be a micro design studio equipping participants with actionable digital and parametric modeling skills and exposure to game engines and CGI tools within the AEC industry.
At MetaPlay, participants will learn practical skills on building the digital world directly from industry experts. The list of instructors includes names like Akshay Goyal (founder of Tron Labs and partner of Architron Group), Ping-Hsiang Chen (lead architect at Zaha Hadid Architects), Vineeth TK (educator at Avani Institute of Design), Cherylene M. Shangpliang (Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, London), Zehao Qin (Design Systems Analyst in Applied Research + Development (ARD) group at Foster + Partners, London). Additionally, at the end of the 6-day workshop, students must design and build architectural-scale projects in a virtual environment. The final judging and exhibition works will take place on the closing day and will consist of experts like Mayur Mistry, Richard Chou, Saenawee Chatameteewong and Amit Gupta.
Students from multiple countries are expected to join this global design workshop and by attending the course, students will not only receive behind-the-scenes exposure to creating entertainment venues for future metaverses and crypto, but will also be certified as designers of metaverse.

Speaking about this unique workshop, Akshay Goyal, co-founder of Design Future Foundation (DFF) and Dezact, shares, “Organizing this workshop globally in partnership with Avani Design Institute is an absolute honor for us. world, the Web 3.0 revolution has generated immense interest in smart contracts, virtual metaverse platforms and all things NFT.
Virtual worlds such as Decentraland and Sanbox have seen a flurry of activity and the metaverse has emerged as a disruptive technology trend set to transform our societal future by impacting the way we live, work and play. Over the next decade, people will increasingly seek out immersive virtual experiences, pushing consumers and brands into the metaverse. In such a scenario, the MetaPlay course expects to unleash a revolutionary empowering experience for virtual designers and developers of this future.”
Ping-Hsiang Chen, director and co-founder of Dezact London, said: “Covid19 has catalyzed the adaptation process of Metaverse. While presenting the world with unprecedented operational challenges, the world embraced many cultural shifts faster than expected, and Metaverse is one of them. As a result, several tech giants around the world are now creating Metaverse for users. In this frame of reference, the MetaPlay course is a platform for next-generation digital architects and designers to learn the the ins and outs of Metaverse. industry experts.”
Vineeth TK, Professor at Avani University, pointed out that “The Avani Institute has been at the forefront of experimentation and international collaboration in the Indian context. The MetaPlay course was introduced in a similar spirit and will enable virtual designers, architects and developers to explore the game industry’s digital modeling tools and workflows to hone their skills in designing future virtual worlds.The course will enable participants to create an immersive digital environment that accommodates people in a shared virtual world.
Design Future Foundation (DFF) is a non-profit organization that believes in the potential of design to solve global problems and create massive impact in our rapidly changing world.
Operating at the intersection of design and emerging technologies, DFF engages with organizations, universities and professionals to explore the impact of design beyond its parenthetical boundaries. DEZACT is a London-based organization created to speculate and investigate the changing ways of designing, producing and consuming urban space in the post-digital era. It operates at the disciplinary intersection of art, architecture, new media and urban studies. It brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward-looking debate on the place of technology in art, architecture and culture. Now DFF has joined hands with Dezact, UK and Avani Institute of Design, India in a mission to help developers and architects on their journey to the metaverse of the future.
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