Archinect - News 2016-12-09T01:15:52-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149977465/virtual-reality-transforms-actual-construction-and-its-ability-to-execute-complexity Virtual reality transforms actual construction (and its ability to execute complexity) Julia Ingalls 2016-11-08T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T22:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/31uzvfzlry6i6898.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Speed, accuracy, and complexity don't have to be mutually exclusive in construction. At least, that's the theory behind augmented reality technologies that offer 3D glimpses of real-time construction sites, animated plans and even wall finishes (imagine holding up your phone In your abode and viewing a realistic display of what a new paint job could look like). As this article from <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2016/oct/28/augmented-reality-leading-construction-creative-reinvention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a> explains, developments in technology promise a great deal, but the actual execution is still coming along:</p><p>"There are signs that, beyond bringing flat blueprints and designs to life in front of clients, reducing on-site problems and easing investor worries, AR could provide an end-to-end service. Software is being developed that enables companies to show clients what the inside of a build will look like when furnished a certain way or the finishing touches have been applied to the outside. Of course, virtual reality allows this to be done before a project has been completed and sometimes in mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977308/step-inside-the-first-u-s-exhibition-of-pierre-chareau-co-architect-of-the-maison-de-verre Step inside the first U.S. exhibition of Pierre Chareau, co-architect of the Maison de Verre Justine Testado 2016-11-08T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T20:32:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u1/u1xa9b65koxhfp71.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pierre Chareau was a French architect and designer best known for the groundbreaking Maison de Verre in Paris that he designed with Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet. However, Chareau's diverse body of work has received hardly any exposure in the U.S. Thanks to a collaboration between <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> and the Jewish Museum in New York City, Chareau's work made its U.S. debut last Friday in the exhibition, &ldquo;Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lf5uh156ltls78e6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v8/v8z6tgsz6fgywduc.jpg"><em>Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet, Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.</em></p><p>After Chareau fled Paris from German occupation during World War II, his own designs and his vast art collection were scattered when he sold them, as he tried to rebuild his career in New York. The exhibition attempts to piece together parts of Chareau's life and works during those trying times, while integrating in-vogue media and technology that can appeal to today's broader audience.</p><p>The exhibition still dedicates much of itself to Chareau's seminal work, the Mais...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975964/one-to-one-44-with-rotolab-co-founders-michael-rotondi-m-a-greenstein-and-nels-long One-to-One #44 with RotoLab co-founders Michael Rotondi, M A Greenstein and Nels Long Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-31T18:06:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T22:45:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9obi6vmiez13erhf.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this One-to-One, Paul and Amelia are joined in-studio with RotoLab co-founders Michael Rotondi, M A Greenstein and Nels Long. Among a variety of ventures, RotoLab has ambitions to create uniquely VR-environments for architectural education and practice, and in the process, completely upend how we learn and work. Inspired by decades of experience in architecture and VR&rsquo;s imminent future, Rotondi and his co-founders spoke about socializing in VR, gaming as education, and what this new frontier could mean for tomorrow&rsquo;s architects.</p><p>You can read about RotoLab's GamerLab&trade; initiative <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975649/michael-rotondi-s-gamerlab-wants-to-revolutionize-architecture-education-through-gaming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#44 with the <strong>RotoLab&nbsp;</strong><strong>co-founders</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_44_RotoLab.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama Justine Testado 2016-08-25T18:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y09u783oc19zir28.jpg" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the several tributes to the U.S. National Park Service's centennial birthday today, The White House,&nbsp;National Geographic, Felix &amp; Paul Studios, and Oculus released&nbsp;<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/25/watch-join-president-obama-virtual-reality-tour-yosemite" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America&rsquo;s National Parks&rdquo;</a><em>,</em>&nbsp;a 360-degree VR video featuring stunning views of Yosemite National Park &mdash; narrated by special tour guide President Obama. Captured during the First Family's visit to the park earlier this summer, the nearly 11-minute video shows off popular spots like&nbsp;El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and a canoe ride through Merced River.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/ob5gq4fdosbetf6e.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zh/zhe3sv1nmgusqwgs.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/0272vk87m0mk96w7.jpg"><em>All images via whitehouse.gov.</em></p><p>Watch the full video below. The video is also available on the&nbsp;Oculus Store and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/natgeo/videos/10153864841128951/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Facebook</a>.</p><p></p><p>If you're planning for the weekend, visit any of the 413 National Parks IRL for free starting today until August 28. Go&nbsp;<a href="http://findyourpark.com/find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">find a park</a>&nbsp;near you and show your appreciation to the original landscape architect: Mother Nature.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964653/virtual-reality-an-architect-s-1-marketing-and-business-development-tool Virtual Reality: An Architect’s #1 Marketing and Business Development Tool Sponsor 2016-08-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:11:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jz/jz2o6nh89jek9m1q.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ll/lli3ol7lk0ircrfx.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>There&rsquo;s no denying it: Virtual Reality (VR) creates a buzz. It&rsquo;s exciting and attention-grabbing. It attracts and then holds. And keeps holding. Wherever you go, a pair of goggles instantly draws a crowd.</p><p>For businesses in the Architecture and Interior Design industries, VR technology becomes a fantastic&nbsp;<strong>marketing and </strong>business development opportunity.&nbsp;Telling &ndash; or showing &ndash; prospects that you&rsquo;re using VR is great for <strong>sparking conversations</strong> and leaving <strong>lasting first impressions.</strong></p><p>For those interested in or actively experimenting with it VR, here&rsquo;s a few <strong>tips for using this technology as a business development and marketing tool in your business.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xp/xprvqtje3m834iix.jpg"></p><p><strong>1. Give a great first impression</strong></p><p>Show, don&rsquo;t tell. The best way to explain what VR can do is to simply <strong>hand your client or prospect a pair of goggles. </strong>Pre-load it with a <a href="http://www.yulio.com/gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sample space</a>, past projects or perhaps even a 360&deg; &lsquo;before&rsquo; photo, and let them imagine the possibilities for themselves.</p><p>Make sure you <strong>know y...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962744/pok-mon-go-is-forcing-us-to-grapple-with-virtual-usage-zoning Pokémon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-11T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T14:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8a/8a9f6cd9be7dc2a462c145f5dcc310ca.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;if augmented reality really catches on, and an internet environment overlaid on our real world surroundings becomes common, what will be the rules around using that augmented space?" [...] Could you sell, lease, or subdivide the digital rights to your own home, yard, or lobby? Could you extract a toll, tax, or commission from virtual usage?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Referencing multiple, international cases of private property disputes over the mega-popular Pok&eacute;mon Go game, Geoff Manaugh floats the idea of zoning regulations for virtual and augmented reality instances.</p><p>As players wander through public and private spaces alike to catch 'em all, they inevitably trespass on certain stakeholders ideas' of what's allowed in that space&mdash;especially if the 'Trainers' are profiting financially in any way from occupying, say, a suburban front yard.</p><p>As these disputes proliferate (whether from Pok&eacute;mon Go, or the next AR/VR game to takes its place in popularity), Manaugh's piece poses the following:&nbsp;What rights do virtual entities have to be in those spaces? What rights to property owners have to keep Snorlax from napping in their hammock?</p><p>More AR/VR on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947762/hyper-reality-artist-envisions-our-near-future-existence-submerged-in-augmented-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality</a></li><li><a title="No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957911/no-pok-mon-go-is-not-an-urban-fantasy-for-the-new-flaneur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a title="NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of VR firm Visual Vocal, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #23" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945565/nbbj-s-vr-venture-managing-partner-steve-mcconnell-and-john-sangiovanni-co-founder-of-vr-firm-visual-vocal-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956294/yulio-offers-architects-a-diy-virtual-reality-platform Yulio offers architects a DIY Virtual Reality platform Sponsor 2016-07-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T10:49:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyv1xfvhoo5nhrfm.jpg" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/48/48mtx6nymobdtk3m.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>AN INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY </strong></p><p>Though Virtual Reality (VR) is yet to truly break into the mainstream consumer market, it&rsquo;s an industry <strong>growing at breakneck speed.</strong></p><p>With Deloitte Global predicting a <a href="http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/tmt-pred16-media-virtual-reality-billion-dollar-niche.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1bn year</a> for the VR industry this year, and Digi Capital estimating it to <a href="http://www.digi-capital.com/news/2015/04/augmentedvirtual-reality-to-hit-150-billion-disrupting-mobile-by-2020/#.V3q8qbgrKUk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hit $30bn by 2020</a>, it won&rsquo;t be long before <strong>VR is in the hands of millions of consumers worldwide.</strong></p><p>Yet though initial traction for the industry has been centered around the gaming and entertainment communities, <strong>VR is making serious headway as a tool for health, education, and business.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>VIRTUAL REALITY FOR ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN </strong></p><p>For an architect or designer, viewing an image of a 3D space is enough to fully visualize the space around them. Yet this is not the case for the clients, who typically lack this ability. Yulio aims to bridge this communication gap through VR technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vdiwim15x61q9cg7.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Virtual Reality technology transforms crucial aspects of the client-engagement experience b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951863/splendid-4d-studio-builds-immersive-vr-apps-for-architects-real-estate-developers Splendid 4D Studio Builds Immersive VR Apps for Architects, Real Estate Developers Sponsor 2016-06-15T19:56:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T20:29:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gopnaj3mv78t0b1e.jpg" width="650" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.splendid4d.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Splendid 4D Studio</a>.</strong></em><p><br>The team at Splendid 4D Studio is partnering with architects and real estate companies to develop flawless apps for showcasing projects and properties.&nbsp;Leveraging virtual reality integration, Splendid 4D Studio takes presentations to the next level.&nbsp;</p><p>Splendid 4D has more than 50 years of combined experience in creating stunning VR content, apps, websites, architectural renderings, and more. Now, the company is helping clients create immersive experiences for their prospective and current customers by constructing fully customized, cutting-edge apps.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sr/srefq2rg57mat9ee.jpg"></p><p>These individual apps offer customers and prospects the ability to dive into VR, 360 degree renderings in high resolution. The immersive experience is completely tailored to the specifications of the project, offering a seamless, easy to use, and lifelike experience.</p><p>President Zoey Zhao says the key to the success of their apps is the use of a 360 degree camera for on-site shooting. Then, th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947762/hyper-reality-artist-envisions-our-near-future-existence-submerged-in-augmented-reality Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality Alexander Walter 2016-05-26T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:05:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ri/rix1hwyeglcncql5.gif" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyper-Reality is a concept film by Keiichi Matsuda. It presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Our physical and virtual realities are becoming increasingly intertwined. Technologies such as VR, augmented reality, wearables, and the internet of things are pointing to a world where technology will envelop every aspect of our lives. It will be the glue between every interaction and experience, offering amazing possibilities, while also controlling the way we understand the world. Hyper-Reality attempts to explore this exciting but dangerous trajectory. It was crowdfunded, and shot on location in Medell&iacute;n, Colombia."</em></p><p>Here are some stills from artist Keiichi Matsuda's&nbsp;<a href="http://hyper-reality.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HYPER-REALITY</a> concept film, a fascinating (and slightly disturbing) vision of the near future of the city, of the media, of ourselves, and the blurred sense of 'reality.'</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/am/amahnviaerkra91n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ox/oxisc4fj5maj9att.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cu/cux1bh1nbv2vl3md.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m1/m1f13ndkd6f0cdos.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ub4obnkkuhikktye.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q4/q42o2xo1ow64a9mu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/usbwywk829xwjs4w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hc/hcbgmumgokjrccbd.jpg"></p><p>Watch the video below to dive right in.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947090/how-vr-reframes-big-questions-in-philosophy How VR Reframes Big Questions in Philosophy Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-24T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:31:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2hd1bi0rffj282yl.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some people think VR is a second class reality. I am not sure of that</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are some convincing points here by Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist&nbsp;<a href="http://consc.net/chalmers/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chalmers</a>. &nbsp;Just imagine how the humanities future is being shaped by the fast developing technologies.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945565/nbbj-s-vr-venture-managing-partner-steve-mcconnell-and-john-sangiovanni-co-founder-of-vr-firm-visual-vocal-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-23 NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of VR firm Visual Vocal, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #23 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1d/1d0eqs8a90vy719t.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today's podcast guests are <a href="http://archinect.com/nbbj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a> Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of Visual Vocal,&nbsp;a new company bringing virtual and augmented reality systems to the architecture industry. As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an investor in Visual Vocal</a>, NBBJ plans to foster the company in all of its design processes, using its collaborative platforms to communicate among designers, clients, and users, at all stages of project development. With a beta program launching this summer, Steve and John gave me a taste of how NBBJ plans to use the service, why it invested in the company in the first place, and how ubiquitous VR stands to dramatically change the architectural process.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#23 with&nbsp;<strong>Steve McConnell </strong>and<strong>&nbsp;John SanGiovanni</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_23_NBBJ-Visual_Vocal.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs NBBJ is launching its own VR platform with the help of ex-Microsoft entrepreneurs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T12:33:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8ufquipqn8q0ja8.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NBBJ and Visual Vocal will leverage current-generation VR and augmented reality (AR) systems, with a near-term focus on mobile VR platforms for optimal accessibility and scale. While a number of firms in the design industry have examined the promise of VR, this partnership marks the first instance of an established design firm incubating a VR startup inside its own offices and developing new tools to improve decision-making and remove waste from the design process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the VR-desk on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147294519/virtually-inevitable-vr-and-ar-irl-on-archinect-sessions-51" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51</a></li><li><a title="&quot;A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications</a></li><li><a title="Are virtual reality systems sexist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are virtual reality systems sexist?</a></li><li><a title="Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147294519/virtually-inevitable-vr-and-ar-irl-on-archinect-sessions-51 Virtually Inevitable – VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-04T18:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:01:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hl/hlwpnu26l9f7ngk3.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Virtual Reality is very much here, in all its messy, beautiful, uncanny glory. The gee-whiz factor notwithstanding, the technology holds a bevy of architectural applications and implications, and manages to hold a mirror up to the built environment to show us things that we couldn't understand before.</p><p>This episode, we discuss a host of recent VR stories, from the narrative <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146212120/rendered-reality-the-vr-journalism-of-emblematic-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR journalism of Emblematic Group</a> to&nbsp;Thorsten Wiedemann's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146746209/man-spends-48-hours-in-vr-without-interruption-and-survives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR performance art</a>, an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AR helmet</a> that streamlines the construction site and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR-value-added rendering services</a>&nbsp;for firms.</p><p>Joining us on this VR-trip is <a href="http://twitter.com/rebeccaehoward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebecca Howard</a>, freshly returned from New York where she developed video content for the <em>Times</em>, and helped them launch their entry into VR content.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 51 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Virtually Inevitable":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Ar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146746209/man-spends-48-hours-in-vr-without-interruption-and-survives Man spends 48 hours in VR without interruption – and survives Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T17:17:00-05:00 >2016-07-16T12:31:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e1/e1dc79aecf88eaba9ab430625eaadb39.jpg" width="640" height="498" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After staging [a 48-hr long continuous VR experience], [Thorsten] Wiedemann is convinced that &ldquo;long period VR trips&rdquo; are possible, and that current technology is sufficient for such purposes. The only problem was when he had a panic attack after the 25th hour, when he was pretty close to giving up. &ldquo;I had no physical problems, no burning eyes, killing headaches or nausea,&rdquo; Wiedemann says. &ldquo;The path to the future is now prepared..."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146212120/rendered-reality-the-vr-journalism-of-emblematic-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications "A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.” – VR's promising future in architectural communications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-25T18:00:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T17:51:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l0jhsenafaf0phkl.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LHB has become one of the nation&rsquo;s first design firms to incorporate virtual reality, or VR, across the sweep of its in-house teams [...] &ldquo;With VR, you can inhabit the space in full scale...You get a far more physical sense of what that space is going to be.&rdquo; [...] Virtual reality also has potential to be &ldquo;the great equalizer,&rdquo; LHB&rsquo;s Fischer noted. A middle-school maintenance worker can put on a VR headset and notice design flaws that might go unnoticed by project managers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the VR-desk:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146212120/rendered-reality-the-vr-journalism-of-emblematic-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group</a></li><li><a title="Are virtual reality systems sexist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are virtual reality systems sexist?</a></li><li><a title="Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li><li><a title='Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist Are virtual reality systems sexist? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-30T14:20:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T22:00:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hprd6rmr050rny37.jpg" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>That headline paraphrases the research question of Danah Boyd, who, as a computer science student in 2000, wrote her <a href="http://www.danah.org/papers/sexvision.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bachelor thesis</a> on whether VR systems were being designed in such a way to defer to, biologically, the male gaze. The research is in no way definitive, but probes an essential question as VR technologies become more ubiquitous and technologically advanced, and for our understanding of "inclusive" programming in design.</p><p></p><p>Boyd revisited her research in a 2014 <a href="http://qz.com/192874/is-the-oculus-rift-designed-to-be-sexist/#/h/57418,1,3,57427,2,3/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz</a> article, on the occasion of Facebook acquiring Oculus Rift (signaling a huge move for VR research and commercialization). In the article, she outlines how&nbsp;human sight is heavily influenced by a person's sex. More sex hormones hang out on the retina than anywhere else (other than the gonads) on the human body. And so depending on your sex chromosome, you'll get more of a certain set of hormones &ndash; and the balance of those hormones affect how we see.</p><p>Depth perception in human vision is rendered, biologically, in t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-11T18:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T09:42:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c7/c7mji8ubn7p9lvtf.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>architects at Tsoi/Kobus &amp; Associates in Cambridge have started using the processing system that powers virtual reality games to put clients inside development projects before they are built. Using a cloud-based system called Revizto, architects can create a digital hospital down to the last brick, and then invite a client to &ldquo;walk&rdquo; through the space to see if the ceilings are high enough or the windows provide enough light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Firms like Tsoi/Kobus are beginning to experiment with multiple immersive, interactive media for clients to tour buildings, often in advance of making any physical models. Clients can be virtually transported into the design's space by wearing an Oculus VR headset, or by being inside a specially outfitted room with laser projections, while the architect walks them through. The commentary is recorded and then filed back into the iterative design process.</p><p>More from VR's influence on architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122202906/how-video-game-engines-may-influence-the-future-of-architecture-and-everything-else" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else)</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li><li><a title='Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations</a></li><li><a title="Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57267891/man-builds-boston-in-video-game-internet-finally-discovers-it-six-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122202906/how-video-game-engines-may-influence-the-future-of-architecture-and-everything-else How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else) Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-03-11T18:19:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8c3c3a31a0e3f628e7275102b453f3f.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Epic Games, the company best known for Gears of War, has a very different plan for this generation of video games &mdash; one that expands far beyond what games are typically assumed to be. [...] In this future, or present if you ask Sweeney, lessons learned from one field, say an architect designing a virtual building, can be applied to games or film, and likewise. Sweeney believes the potential application of the engine across all fields increases exponentially as information is shared.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube Paul Petrunia 2014-12-11T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T14:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ry/rywzcyk2xsl4zwm9.jpg" width="650" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google announced today it&rsquo;s making a platform&nbsp;available to museums that enables them to build mobile applications that take advantage of Google technology, including Street View and YouTube, to bring their exhibits to anyone with a smartphone. Through partnerships between museums worldwide and the Google Cultural Institute, there are now 11&nbsp;museums and cultural institutions that&nbsp;have participated in this pilot project&nbsp;to date; their apps are live now on Google Play.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105020837/the-secret-of-minecraft-and-its-challenge-to-the-rest-of-us The secret of Minecraft; And its challenge to the rest of us Archinect 2014-07-25T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:16:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iy/iypwz85ub147eo0i.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People often compare Minecraft to LEGO; both support open-ended creation (once you&rsquo;ve mastered the crafting table, you can build nearly anything) and, of course, they share an essential blockiness. But I think this comparison is misleading, because a LEGO set always includes instructions, and Minecraft comes with none. Minecraft is a game about creation, yes. But it is just as much a game about secret knowledge.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104187496/what-happens-when-digital-cities-are-abandoned What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned? Archinect 2014-07-14T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:12:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8f1954f1c061d588b5d751f9c6b19ec.jpg" width="570" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m a quiet fan of these urban explorers, people who devote time to poking around abandoned buildings or &ldquo;haikyo&rdquo;.... And because I&rsquo;ve spent so much time inhabiting digital rooms myself, I often think about how time decays digital structures. I imagine all of the strings of text that have come before or after mine that similarly disappeared into the void. But what happens when those spaces stick around, as in a virtual world&mdash;when they can&rsquo;t physically decay?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift Archinect 2014-04-11T11:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:16:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/as/asouort9y4s1v4hs.jpg" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the last 18 months, Assistant Professor David Beach and senior architecture student Sam McBride have been working on a program that allows designers and clients alike to physically experience a building...before a single brick is laid. This designing process Beach and McBride have developed is highly interactive. It focuses on making technology like this available for architects around the world. What's more, systems like this are becoming more available for consumers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87450092/google-brings-street-view-inside-more-than-65-airports-and-train-stations-calls-it-a-first-effort Google brings Street View inside more than 65 airports and train stations, calls it a 'first effort' Archinect 2013-11-26T13:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-26T20:52:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d0/d0572949ed6005cfe062f946059bc8d5.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google today launched an interactive map featuring Street Views of over 65 mass-transit hubs. The map features some locations you may have already explored, like Emirates' A380 or London's Gatwick Airport, alongside some new sites across Europe, South America, and Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/edit?authuser=0&amp;hl=en&amp;mid=zqafVP2X3Jp8.kL0YSq0tl8qw" target="_blank">here</a> to view the interactive map.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations Justine Testado 2013-11-22T09:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T08:40:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jo/joog59ovj6ek1kzq.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Spacemaker VR by <a href="http://digitalphysical.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Physical</a> is a virtual reality software system that can add some new perspective to the entire design process. The Spacemaker lets designers export their 3D files and test out their creations, even during the design process. The software also includes customizable presentation display and realistic 3D models of world landmarks -- suitable for travel enthusiasts or perhaps a source of inspiration.<br><br> Digital Physical recently launched a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/67329263/spacemaker-vr-walk-inside-your-3d-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> in hopes for a beta release by the first half of 2014.</p> <p> Here's more info DP sent us:</p> <p> "Digital Physical, which includes a number of virtual reality veterans, architects and user experience designers, has set the funding goal at $100,000 USD. The Spacemaker system will include realistic 3d models of world landmarks and buildings, a real-time 3d visualizer, and a simple 3d model creation workflow to enable designers to quickly and easily experience what it's like to walk inside their designs."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2frjurf3of935aqi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "'Its b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57267891/man-builds-boston-in-video-game-internet-finally-discovers-it-six-years-later Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later Archinect 2012-09-14T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T19:37:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3c/3ce2030c5644acb384100ba8f8b05a88.jpg" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Phil Boucher is a self-described &ldquo;architecture nerd.&rdquo; And while part of that means marveling and photographing the beautiful buildings around Boston, it also means recreating the entire city as accurately as possible in the video game Sim City 4.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/42324187/michigan-s-delayed-broad-museum-gets-a-second-life-with-a-bizarre-zaha-hadid-inspired-virtual-world Michigan's Delayed Broad Museum Gets a Second Life With a Bizarre Zaha Hadid-Inspired Virtual World Archinect 2012-03-22T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-03-22T14:22:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7e047c422ba46f66f00f25e7274cff83.jpg" width="613" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The opening of the sprawling Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, which will soon exhibit slices of L.A.-based billionaire Eli Broad&rsquo;s extensive art collection, has been postponed from this spring to the fall for reasons only vaguely stated. But never fear; for those of you chomping at the bit to see it, or who are in a particularly remote part of the world in relation to East Lansing, Michigan, MSU has just opened the Virtual Broad Art Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/39236405/google-glasses-adding-a-virtual-layer-to-the-physical-environment Google Glasses - adding a virtual layer to the physical environment Paul Petrunia 2012-02-24T19:48:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2t/2t994bu1zwxat4d7.jpg" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The glasses will use the same Android software that powers Android smartphones and tablets... equipped with GPS and motion sensors. They will also contain a camera and audio inputs and outputs. Through the built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the person wearing them. For instance, a person looking at a landmark could see detailed historical information and comments about it left by friends.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>