WebVR: DigitalFUTURES 2020

Keywords: WebVR, Virtual Reality, Exhibition Design, Immersive Environments, Experience Design, Remote Participation, Social Media
Toolkits: Blender, Unity
Tutors: Biayna Bogosian, Claudiu Barsan Pipu
Collaborators: Hassan Anifowose, Asan Amirov, Yvonne Mao, Christo Kurian
Duration: 2 weeks

In the age of Covid19 and endless Zoom calls, our understanding of socio-spatial dynamics is more than ever influenced by the communication media. These platforms, as limiting and frustrating at times, have changed the way we learn, work, form relationships, and exhibit work, especially as architects and designers.

DigitalFUTURES for the past 10 years has offered in-person workshops that have resulted in lively and informative exhibitions. However, this year, the community is leveraging web-based technologies for facilitating learning and teaching. So, how can we rethink the DigitalFUTURES’ exhibition model as an interactive web format? Can we imagine a participatory exhibition space through web-based Virtual Reality (VR) technology?

In two weeks, We created a WebVR exhibition for the DigitalFUTURES World workshops to display their final outcomes. The goal is to create an engaging web-based meeting space that the visitors can visit from the comfort of their homes using readily available head-mounted-displays, mobile devices, or simply from their web browser.


Project Architecture

Virtual Site: Tongji University

The digital twin of Tongji University’s teaching building is built as the site to trigger a series of transition spaces and interactive immersive content that visitors can visit from the comfort of their homes using readily available head-mounted displays, mobile devices, or simply from their web browser

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Address: Tongji University, Shanghai City, China

Portal: Mirror Teleportor

We set a mirror at the entrance of the AI exhibition in the hall. When use’s hand trigger the mirror, a rotating tunnel will expand and lead a path to the AI Architecture space. The spinning tunnel is a metaphor of transition space which demonstrates the possibility of a interactive dynamic space happening in future VR space.

Exhibition: AI Architecture

In the short history that AI shines in Architecture, architects demonstrated lots of paths that how computed data could serve the construction process. We present the exhibition scene as a maze of various animated computed

Theory: AI Lecturer

As a documentation of the theory of AI Architecture, an audio clip of a lecture by Wolf Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au) and Thom Mayne (Morphosis) will be played automatically.

The full video could be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlvYzmWuMsU