As online games and virtual communities have become an established part of the interactive entertainment landscape, their complexities come closer to the challenges that urban planners face in our real world.
Sony Online Entertainment's Chris Cao and The Planning Center's Randy Jackson will present some of the building blocks necessary to create real or virtual communities and discuss how among the many similarities, exist differences that may lead to inspire changes among both.
Chris Cao is a creative director at Sony Online Entertainment. He has worked on Everquest I and II as well as Star Wars Galaxies and the upcoming DC Universe Online.
Randal W. Jackson
Randal W. Jackson holds the positions of President and Principal-in-Charge of Design Services at The Planning Center. With his more than 31 years of experience in land planning and design, Jackson conceives and develops unique land use and community concepts for award-winning communities built around and integrating transportation, open space, park and recreation systems.
He currently oversees projects in California, Utah, and Colorado. He has led major planning projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and South Carolina. Jackson's current projects include: Kennecott Strategic Development Plan for the 100,000-acre Oquirrh Mountain project site in Utah; the Westfields Annexation Master Plan in Springville, Utah; and redevelopment planning for several cities in Orange County.