Virtual Architectures in The Guardian

I’m pleased to announce that last week Virtual Architectures made it into the press following our recent guest post on The Making of the CASA Oculus Rift Urban Roller Coaster for Digital Urban.

Virtual Architectures in the Guardian

While the headline seems to have put several readers of The Guardian on the wrong track I’m please that the article captures our underlying intention well:

The ride wasn’t just for fun. The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL in London, where Dawkins studies, had set out to show how a virtual rollercoaster could demonstrate to the Grand Designs Live exhibition’s 100,000 visitors a more tangible example of how VR can be linked to city design.

The key to this, they think, is the latest generation of virtual-reality headsets, including the Oculus Rift, which tracks head movement to show a 360-degree view. Its gaming potential has been much discussed, but CASA believes it also has the potential to do no less than democratise urban design.

Many thanks to CASA for their support. The full article is available on The Guardian website here.

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