Students can learn the secrets of architectural design and study the subtle nuances of place under the virtual tutelage of one of the world’s most influential architects at “Architectural Studio 3D,” a new interactive design program from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Billed as an online extension of the trust’s famous Youth Architecture Workshop, held in the drafting room of Wright’s first design studio in Oak Park, Ill., the site lets students work as real architects do. Users are matched up with mock clients who have specific needs and lifestyle preferences, as well as building sites that have special environmental considerations. The student designers then must use their imaginations to create a home that meets their “clients'” needs. Once finished, students can store their designs on the web site for their peers to see and even tour their homes using a virtual 3D walkthrough feature. Other features include classroom resources for educators and biographical information exploring Wright’s life and work.

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