STEEMTOWN [Reboot] : A Collaborative Art Experiment in City-Making

in art •  11 months ago

Rebuilding Block by Block!

It's been a very long time, but I'm super excited to announce the reboot of "STEEMTOWN"! This time, we'll be building it a little bit differently... more on that in the next post :D For right now, here's a culmination of past work within STEEMTOWN and how it will evolve in the next iteration...

STEEMTOWN is an community art project powered through your comments and ideas. It’s an experimental game of city-making, a digital Madurodam. With each post, a new layer of buildings will be added to the Town. Your photographs, quotes, stories and feedback are the raw materials that drive construction for each new layer. For more, here is a link to the introductory post of STEEMTOWN and the project mission.

Buildings Created through Comments

Each building and landscape element is inspired by a family of comments (outlined below.) These photographs, quotes and stories inspired their own design logic and manifested themselves as 3D characters within the Town.

For all the buildings you see rendered, I used a 3D modeling software called Rhinoceros to create each geometry from scratch. Afterwards, the model was rendered and edited in Abobe Illustrator to bring out the intricacies of linework and geometry.

How to Participate (soon!)

Beginning next week, new "blocks" of buildings will be added to the Town with every post. Each new addition to STEEMTOWN will be derived directly from your engagement, below. (Comments, ideas, contributions etc.)

Commenting with an image or a story isn’t the only way to play! Your critique is also important... With each post, Steemit commenters can contribute ideas for future growth, renovation, or even petition for a deconstruction. (Maybe more on that down the road.) For now, there’s a lot of room for future growth. As the Town matures we will be making / polling community decisions on zoning, infrastructure, preservation, public and private uses. STEEMTOWN will be treated as a living, breathing art-project within a digital canvas, always subject to change.

For the soon-to-arrive 2.0 phase of the Town, I'll be opening up the canvas for other 3D artists to play with. Right now, I'm building out a toolkit for other 3D modelers to download / create their own building to add in! Perhaps this could be an art project built into @utopian-io? Stay tuned as more develops...

An Exercise in Building Community

Through this project - I hope to engage in a broader dialogue with fellow Steemians about their own sense of place and placemaking. These types of game-structured conversations are a fascinating way of learning more about what a person defines as his or her “community.” It’s a way of us connecting to one another through the geographies we are deeply tied to and knowledgeable of. In a world of links, likes, upvotes and IP addresses, it’s exciting to find ways of bridging the digital divide and connecting with those on the other side of the screen.

Stay tuned as the Town continues to grow!


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My passport is ready, I will come this sweet town with next flight!


Somehow SimCity and SecondLife come to my mind. But why I don't know.

What software did you use to create the city, looks very useful to make some projects. Regards


It's a 3D modeling software called Rhinoceros. (I have a background in architecture)... It's a fun software to play around with :)


rhino as engineer i used rhino for 3D design and for meshes geomagic and simulations solidworks or solid edge. Great job man :)


Hey thanks! Yeah, rhino's such an excellent resource for design and engineering. I really need to teach myself some simulation software.

Wow! SteemTown! Such a brilliant idea~!!


Thanks @successtrainer! I'll be building more for next week... stay tuned as it develops :D

Hey @voronoi this is really awesome its architecture and art I feel, this could honestly look very cool cant wait to see what the city looks like as it grows and I like the touch @steemfest being the mill spot on.


Thanks @simonjay glad you dig it! :) The SF windmill was a lot of fun to build.

@voronoi THIS IS SO COOL! I love it! Can I start participating already? I would love to stay in the loop with this! :D


Awesome @iiwok, yes, very soon! I'm putting together a post outlining how to participate...


Yay! Can't wait to read it.

Very good idea :D İ like it @voronoi

Have you thought about making this project live on platforms like Decentraland, where you can make all these things in virtual reality!


Please don't spam links! Try to keep comments on topic, otherwise you risk downvotes.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this is the best.

wow this is going to be awesome :D

This is so brilliant! Those blue v.2 images are just bursting with imaginative potential, I'm so excited to see where this grows 👀