Virtual Reality

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In her talk at Accelerate Live! 2018, micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager Stantec Architecture, explored the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies. Photo: BD+C

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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May 30, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AEC technophil... read more
May 30, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Neither training nor modification of the physical environment are required to use the system.

May 24, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), two of CannonD... read more

Woods Bagot has set up a space in its New York office where clients can view early stages of design ideas in virtual reality. The firm has been using customizable VR apps for about a year. Image: Woods Bagot

May 08, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The architectural firm is finding that some clients respond quicker to proposals as a result.

A man standing in front of the New York City skyline


April 05, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Can studying humans at a behavioral level produce better buildings? Cognitive architecture expert...

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A rendering of the updated exterior of 287 Park Avenue South from Spagnolo Group Architecture

Rendering courtesy SGA

July 20, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

287 Park Avenue South is a nine-story Classical Revival building previously known as the United C...

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Collaboration is a hallmark of mixed reality. Through the use of software such as Trimble’s SketchUp Viewer for HoloLens, MR allows multiple designers to view and work on the same digital model, highlight or enlarge areas of importance, and collaborate in the same room or from across the country. Architects and contractors no longer need to rely on static, 2D drawings. They can now visualize design data within the real environment. Courtesy Trimble.

March 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Are virtual reality and mixed reality two technologies vying for the same space in the AEC indust...

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February 28, 2017 | Mike Bennett, AIA, EDAC, LSSGB

What once was done with pen and paper (and for the last two decades with screens, keyboards, and...

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Ancient Jerusalem project. Rendering courtesy of Lithodomos VR.

February 01, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

An Australian archeological startup is bringing the ancient world to a VR headset near you.

Designers with HMC Architects conduct a virtual walkthrough of a campus project using a VR headset and controllers. Courtesy HMC Architects

January 13, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

From business development to concept design to virtual meetings, VR has become ensconced in archi...

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IrisVR's Scope product allows users to share 360-degree panoramas with a mobile phone and Google Cardboard or Gear VR. Image: Courtesy IrisVR

November 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

IrisVR offers two new products to simplify and enhance the application of virtual reality for des...

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This image is an example of a virtual-reality rendering that Stantec has used. Its distortion is the product of it not being viewed through a VR application. Image: Stantec

July 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The firm moves into its second stage of testing this technology as a real-time design tool.  


A rendering of Seaport San Diego, a redevelopment of a 70-acre waterfront property. A 480-foot-tall observation tower would be one of this district's main attractions. Image: Seaport San Diego

July 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its developers envision a thriving business, education, and entertainment district, highlighted b...

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May 17, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Roto VR looks to create the most immersive VR experience available by incorporating things like m...

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NBBJ designed the headquarters for Alipay, a part of the Alibaba Corporation. Rendering courtesy NBBJ

April 29, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The Seattle design firm has partnered with Visual Vocal, a startup VR company.

An example of what can be done with mixed reality devices, such as Microsoft's HoloLens (pictured). Photo: Microsoft Sweden, flickr Creative Commons

April 21, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Magic Leap and Microsoft’s HoloLens are just two examples of mixed reality technology on the hori...

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Photo Credit: Jorge Figueroa, flickr Creative Commons

April 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The mixed reality headset will allow people to take a holographic tour of the building while keep...

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 27, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The virtual city will be used to help predict the outcomes of and possible issues with various sc...

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