Virtual Reality in Architecture

By Dusan / June 29, 2018
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Virtual Reality in Architecture

We live in a day and age when Virtual Reality in architecture  and technology in general is advancing faster than ever before. Starting from 3D printing which has already revolutionized the way we think about materials, then moving to robots that are able to execute different physical tasks with much higher efficiency than us, humans. Let’s not forget the emerging artificial intelligence, quantum computing and machine learning.

All of these technologies have enabled architects and designers to present their concepts and ideas in a new unique way. With the help of Virtual Reality technology, it’s possible to see the unbuilt world and change the way we think about the design process.

Unreal Engine

Some say that architectural visualization with unreal engine is the future. Personally, I don’t think this technology will drastically change the architectural visualization Industry yet, but it’s certainly something to keep your eye on.

This is a great example of how you can present your projects in 3D and have great experience with VR headset. This is particularly interesting way to present your projects to the clients because you are able to change and modify a lot of colors, materials, etc right there in 3D environment.  

Augmented Reality with Microsoft HoloLens

Another interesting innovation comes in a form of virtual reality and augmented reality. The difference between the two is that virtual reality is completely digitally fabricated. On the other hand, augmented reality is a mix between the real world and a digital one. This technology comes from Microsoft and it’s called HoloLens.

Check out architect Greg Lynn and the way he uses Microsoft HoloLens technology in his design process:  

As these technologies (virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning…) advance more and more, the social environment will change as well. One day, we might be replaced by smart robots that can design buildings much better and with higher efficiency than humans.

Does this mean that our jobs as architects will disappear or it just means that we need to adopt to the new conditions that are inevitably coming?

Like it or not, the future is already here and the real question is... Are we ready for it?

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