Designing Digital Space: An Architect's Guide to Virtual Reality / Edition 1

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Overview

The Complete Guide to Virtual Reality in Architecture and Design

The first in-depth book on virtual reality (VR) aimed specifically at architecture and design professionals, Designing Digital Space steers you skillfully through the learning curve of this exciting new technology. Beginning with a historical overview of the evolution of architectural representations, this unique resource explains what VR is, how it is being applied today, and how it promises to revolutionize not only the design process, but the form and function of the built environment itself. Vividly illustrating how VR fits alongside traditional methods of architectural representation, this comprehensive guide prepares you to make optimum practical use of this powerful interactive tool, and embrace the new role of the architect in a virtually designed world.

Offers in-depth coverage of the virtual universe—data representation and information management, static and dynamic worlds, tracking and visual display systems, control devices, and more.

Examines a wide range of current VR architectural applications, from walkthroughs, simulations, and evaluations to reconstructions and networked environments

Includes insightful essays by leading VR developers covering some of today's most innovative projects

Integrates VR into the historical framework of architectural development, with detailed sections on the past, present, and future

Features a dazzling array of virtual world images and sequential displays

Explores the potential impact of digital architecture on the built environment of the future

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471146629
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIELA BERTOL is a cofounder of Space Ink, a multimedia laboratory in New York City that specializes in the application of digital technologies to architecture and multimedia design projects. An architect with over a decade of experience with major firms, she has lectured at universities worldwide and is the author of Visualizing with CAD: An AutoCADR(r) Exploration of Geometric and Architectural Forms.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Virtual Reality as the Ultimate Representation (and Beyond)
Introduction: What Does Filippo Brunelleschi and Baroque Architecture Have to Do with Wired Body Suits and LCD Displays?
Dematerialization of Architecture in the Information Age
Ch. 1 The Quest for Three-dimensionality 3
Ch. 2 From Images of Architecture to Architecture of Images 19
Ch. 3 The Electronic Revolution in Architecture 43
Ch. 4 Solid and Digital Architecture 55
Ch. 5 Virtual Reality 67
Ch. 6 The Stuff VR Is Made Of 93
Ch. 7 Architectural Design and Virtual Reality 115
Ch. 8 Architectural Applications and the Responsive Workbench 143
Ch. 9 Architectural Education and Virtual Reality Aided Design (VRAD) 155
Ch. 10 Architectural Realities: Virtual Reality Case Studies at Calibre Institute 177
Ch. 11 Augmented Reality Application in Architectural Construction 193
Ch. 12 Community and Environmental Design and Simulation: The CEDeS Lab at the University of Washington 201
Ch. 13 Conceptual Design Space - Beyond Walk-through to Immersive Design 225
Ch. 14 Genetic Algorithms and Evolving Virtual Spaces 237
Ch. 15 Haptic Interface and Virtual Environment 259
Ch. 16 Real Buildings and Virtual Spaces 273
Ch. 17 A Few Observations about the Future of Architecture in a Digital World 287
Ch. 18 A Few Hypotheses for Reconstructed Architecture 297
Index 315
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