There is an important architecture and design - in SL - contest underway, originating from Austria. Deadline is September 1. You can read about it here: http://www.dezeen.com/2007/06/01/second-life-architecture-competition/
Having said that... you have to read some postings that I stumbled upon about it... geez, some architects IRL are CLUELESS! For a giggle, read this: http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-6307.html
Poor RL... little do they know that 5 years from now they will all be signed up for metaverse-aholics support groups, having their food delivered at home, and disconnecting their cable tv service.
Notice originally issued on July 12, 2007 to the NPIRL group.