Making Sense of Space

The Design and Experience of Virtual Spaces as a Tool for Communication

by Iryna Kuksa,

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.
  • Written by two experienced academics and practitioners in the field, offering different perspectives
  • Uses a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on: education; scenography; performance studies; disaster management; and computer science
  • Provides multiple viewpoints on the topic, gained through interviews and contributions from a range of experts, as well as several co-authored chapters
  • Elsevier Science; June 2014
  • ISBN 9781780634067
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Making Sense of Space
  • Author: Iryna Kuksa; Mark Childs
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing

In The Press

"It investigates the innovative and creative ways designers employ VWs for research, performance-making, and audience engagement. It also looks into how educators use these spaces to support their teaching practice, as well as the potential of VWs as new methods of communication, and the ways they are changing our perception of reality." --LISTrends.com, 2014

"...a detailed analysis of digital spaces and their use in educational, design, performance and cultural environments…contains performance and education case studies written by practitioners in those fields." --Multimedia Information & Technology, November 2014