Abstract: Use of Virtual Environments in the Promotion and Evaluation of Architectural Designs
Jens Herder, Ralf Wörzberger, Uwe Twelker, and Stefan Albertz. Use of Virtual Environments in the Promotion and Evaluation of Architectural Designs, Journal of the 3D-Forum Society, Vol. 16,
No. 4, pp. 117-122, December 2002.
Virtual environments can create a realistic impression of an
architectural space during the architectural design process,
providing a powerful tool for evaluation and promotion
during a project's early stages. In comparison to pre-rendered animations,
such as walkthroughs based on CAD models, virtual environments can
offer intuitive interaction and a more life like experience.
Advanced virtual environments allow users to change realtime
rendering features with a few manipulations, switching between
different versions while still maintaining sensory immersion.
This paper reports on an experimental project in which architectural models
are being integrated into interactive virtual environments, and
includes demonstrations of both the possibilities and limitations
of such applications in evaluating, presenting and promoting architectural designs.
virtual environments, architectural design, interactive walkthrough, design review