Theme

Virtually Real: Immersing into the Unbuilt

This 2-day symposium and workshop at Aalborg University, Denmark, invites academics, students and practitioners in architecture and design and related fields to share the latest knowledge about virtual reality in architecture and design. The symposium offers the opportunity to get both hands-on experience with a host of different applications of VR in architecture and design and theoretical insights through presentations of current research given at the symposium.

Virtual Reality (VR) can create the illusion of being present in virtual spaces—including designed architectural spaces and digitised spaces. This is a achieved by immersive technologies such as adjustable stereoscopic displays, spatial audio based on the orientation of the user, height-adjustable camera positions, and parallax effects based on the movements of the user. The combined effect of these technologies is a more convincing depiction of sizes, proportions, lighting, materials, and other properties of spaces than any other technology can offer.

VR is not limited to presenting virtual spaces: it can also provide ways to interactively explore virtual architectural spaces as well as abstract design spaces. And it allows us to collaborate with virtually co-present colleagues, clients, students, etc.—whether they are in the same room or in remote locations. Hence, VR opens not only new ways to experience and communicate architectural space, existing or unbuilt. It also opens completely new ways in which to collaborate on architectural designs.

Recently, the commercialisation of VR technologies for consumers and the increased performance of desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones has enabled applications of VR on large scales and at low costs that were hard to imagine even a few years ago. With these rapid developments, it is more important than ever for educators, scientists, and practitioners in architecture and design—and beyond—to learn and stay informed about the possibilities that VR offers now and in the near future.

Top: Welcome video by the symposium organisers

 

Virtually Real: Immersing into the Unbuilt

This 2-day symposium and workshop at Aalborg University, Denmark, invites academics, students and practitioners in architecture and design and related fields to share the latest knowledge about virtual reality in architecture and design. The symposium offers the opportunity to get both hands-on experience with a host of different applications of VR in architecture and design and theoretical insights through presentations of current research given at the symposium.

Virtual Reality (VR) can create the illusion of being present in virtual spaces—including designed architectural spaces and digitised spaces. This is a achieved by immersive technologies such as adjustable stereoscopic displays, spatial audio based on the orientation of the user, height-adjustable camera positions, and parallax effects based on the movements of the user. The combined effect of these technologies is a more convincing depiction of sizes, proportions, lighting, materials, and other properties of spaces than any other technology can offer.

VR is not limited to presenting virtual spaces: it can also provide ways to interactively explore virtual architectural spaces as well as abstract design spaces. And it allows us to collaborate with virtually co-present colleagues, clients, students, etc.—whether they are in the same room or in remote locations. Hence, VR opens not only new ways to experience and communicate architectural space, existing or unbuilt. It also opens completely new ways in which to collaborate on architectural designs.

Recently, the commercialisation of VR technologies for consumers and the increased performance of desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones has enabled applications of VR on large scales and at low costs that were hard to imagine even a few years ago. With these rapid developments, it is more important than ever for educators, scientists, and practitioners in architecture and design—and beyond—to learn and stay informed about the possibilities that VR offers now and in the near future.

Top: Welcome video by the symposium organisers

 

Call for papers

Academics, professionals, PhD and graduate students are invited to contribute papers, short papers, and posters on the topic of virtual reality in architecture within one of three sub-topics:

Presentation

  • VR and AR displays
  • Rendering
  • Sound simulation

Exploration

  • Interactive design
  • Navigation in architectural space
  • Exploration of abstract design spaces

Collaboration

  • Solutions for co-design
  • Design review
  • Design guidance
  • Discussions

News

Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce Professor, Ph. D. Tomás Dorta from the University of Montreal as keynote speaker at the 2019 eCAADe Regional International Symposium.

Additional workshop: Dinner at the table: VR/AR convergence applied to the ‘Last Supper’

Organisers: Mauro Costa Couceiro, Phd, Rui Lobo, Phd, & António Monteiro, arch., University of Coimbra, Portugal Imagine you are sitting at the table with Christ and the Apostles. In an exercise of VR/AR convergence we will bring the human scale Last Supper terracotta ensemble (by Filipe Hodart, 1531-34) of the refectory of Santa Cruz Monastery in Coimbra to …

Organisers

Symposium Chair

Nicolai Steinø
Martin Kraus

Secretarial Staff

Tine Skjødt Andreasen
Birgith Skipper Holstein

Budget and Financing

Lisbeth Dam
Uffe Dyran

Student Assistants

Ditte Mølgaard Hansen