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Title: VIRTUAL REALITY & ARCHITECTURE: ARCHITECTURE IN A VIRTUAL REALITY FUTURE
Authors: CHIA WEI JIE IRVIN
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
DTS
Master
2014/2015 Aki DTS
Florian Benjamin Schaetz
Future
Virtual Reality
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2014
Citation: CHIA WEI JIE IRVIN (2014-12-08). VIRTUAL REALITY & ARCHITECTURE: ARCHITECTURE IN A VIRTUAL REALITY FUTURE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The technological revolution has drastically altered our everyday lives, particularly in communication. Information is now global and instantaneous, achieving the highest efficiency of distribution. Innovations in modern gadgets, such as the iPhone, seek continually to enhance accessibility and convenience. However, there are also devices and machines that are deemed as disruptive innovations. These new innovations would create brand new markets, such 3D Printing, would lead to the extinction of the current systems, for example, Manufacturing. In the case of Virtual Reality, it could be the next frontier of the human evolution. So far, our encounters with virtual reality are only able to briefly disconnect us from our physical environment through the medium of a screen. It disconnects us because the screen acts as a window to the Internet which is almost a limitless source of information, entertainment and imagery that grabs our attention away from our ‘boring’ daily lives. It is now even possible to be fully immersed in a virtual plane with the help of virtual simulation devices. At the moment, the most immersive methodology available to the masses is the use of a computer which is an integrated system consisting of physical objects as the human interaction interface and a screen. It requires certain knowledge and calibre to navigate through the internet using the mouse and keyboard. The further development of 3D immersive environment technology provides limitless possibilities and seamless gestural control. The ability to immerse in a space in an immaterial plane thus unlocks a whole dimension of creativity and empowerment. The possibilities of designing Architecture in such a reality enable the designer to manipulate time and space with ease. This may be the future of architectural design; designing with spatial experience, not just imagining the space. On the other hand, technology is getting more efficient at a faster rate and a pre-emptive discourse must take place before Man is ‘enslaved’ to the machine world. The predictions of Ray Kurzweil suggest that there are only thirty years left of primitivism before Man reaches the point of singularity where a transhuman evolution will take place. Man would have evolved into a techno race; half-human half-machine and immortal. Architects are the masters of the built environment that moulds that society. Architecture will continue to be built and has always assumed an important role in developing the physical world. So at the dawn of the technological evolution, architects will have to decide; whether to accept virtual simulated realities or to reject the techno-evolution.
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